Simple formulas help you find any keyboard chords

Introducing GospelKeys 101...

Now In Less Than 2 Hours, You Can Jump Start Your Piano Playing With These 3 Easy Steps!

Dear Friend,

Jermaine Griggs, the pioneer of the award-winning GospelKeys learning system, has come up with 3 simple steps so that you won't waste any time at all. In fact, it'll virtually cut your learning time in half! I copied and pasted the most important parts below so you can get a general idea.


Step One: Determining the Melody

Step Two: Harmonizing the Melody

Step Three: Adding the Bass

These three steps are not super complicated theories that require several years of experience. In fact, they were designed for the total beginner with absolutely no musical experience.

What most people don't understand is that most songs follow patterns. If you've been mistakenly learning songs, one by one, you're only exercising your ability to MEMORIZE chords --- and
that's exactly why it takes SO LONG to learn just one song.


If you concentrate on LEARNING PATTERNS, you'll never go wrong because songs are built on repeating patterns. You should NEVER EVER have to memorize dozens of songs when they all share the same exact CHORDS, PROGRESSIONS, AND PATTERNS.

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In this free keyboard chords theory lesson you will learn simple formulas to help you find absolutely any chord on the piano keyboard without having to rely on bulky chord charts or written music.

Understanding these keyboard chord formulas will make a big difference in your ability to enjoy making music on piano or electronic keyboard.

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In our previous lesson on finding the 12 major chords we learned a simple formula and learned that by choosing the First, Third, and Fifth note of any major scale we will end up with the major chord named by that scale.

New term: Musical Intervals.

A musical interval is simply a distance between two notes on any major scale.

No matter what scale we use, the major chord associated with that scale will have a Root which names both the chord and the scale from which it was taken. a Third, (in the case of a major chord we call it a major third) and a fifth sometimes called a perfect fifth.

Using a C major scale as an example, the distance from C to E is a major third. The distance from C to G is a perfect fifth.

As we move through this lesson you will encounter more of these interval names 2nds, 4ths, 6ths, and 7ths.. Again these refer to distances from the root note of any scale or chord.

Lowered and raised intervals.

We will use our # (sharp sign) and b (flat sign ) to raise( # )or lower( b ) an interval one half step as we learn more and more different types of chords. All this will become clearer as we move through the formulas and pick out some chords in a few different scales or keys.

Here are the formulas for your most commonly used chords

We have already figured out a C major chord by choosing Notes 1,3,and 5 ( C, E, G, ) from the C major scale.

Using the chart below we see that the C minor chord uses scale notes 1, b3, 5, or (C, Eb, G)... the flat sign means lower the third one half step.

A note from your Personal Piano Professor... It would be great if you could memorize all the formulas below but there is no need to do it all at once.

If you are a beginner I recommend that as you encounter any new chord in your playing, take the time to figure the chord out using the right formula and then commit it to memory by playing the chord with both hands in all its possible inversions up and down the keyboard.

Remember to notice the patterns and similarities you will surely see, and feel, as you practice. Concentrate on the major and minor triads first.

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Diatonic chords and chord progressions

As you continue learning about keyboard chords you will benefit from understanding diatonic chords. Click the link below to begin this valuable lessons as an introduction to basic chord progressions.

Diatonic Chords and Chords Progressions

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