EZ Piano Method

EZ Piano Lesson 51

A Brief introduction to minor Chords


All of the chords, covered so far, have been Major chords.
That is, they are chords made up from the 1st, 3rd, and 5th notes of the major scale, as we covered earlier, back in EZ Piano Lesson 22.

A minor chord, is made up from the 1st, 3rd, and 5th notes of the Minor scale, (more about minor scales, later.)
It is perhaps easier to think of Major chords, as being 'happy' or 'bright' sounding chords, and Minor chords, as being 'sad' or 'dark' sounding chords.

Once you get used to hearing them, you will very soon be able to tell the difference between the two types of chord.

For now, I will show you how to play your own minor chords, using the information contained in EZ Piano Lesson 22.

Let's take, as an example, the C minor chord.
You already know how to play a C Major chord (root position) using the notes, C, E, and G

To change that major chord, into a minor chord, simply 'flatten' the  third note of the scale, in this case, the note 'E', by a semitone. So instead of playing the C major chord using the note E, we play E flat instead ( the black key, immediately to the left of E)
So now we have the notes, C, E flat, and G.
This is a C minor chord.

Any major chord can be changed into a minor chord, by following the exact method, above.

The video, will explain this in more detail, but once you learn how to play minor chords, as well as major chords, a whole new world of music, and the songs you can play, will open up.



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