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Chords: Beginner's Guide

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  • The Foundation 4:24

    The Foundation

    Learn the basics of note pitches, how they?re named, and how they?re laid out on the piano keyboard.

  • Intervals 3:22


    Explore how intervals, the distance between notes, are defined and described, including the number and quality associated with each.

  • Scales, Key Signatures & The Cycle of Fifths 5:45

    Scales, Key Signatures & The Cycle of Fifths

    Discover the basic recipe for major and minor scales and how they relate to key signatures. Also, learn the relationships between key signatures and their related chords in the cycle of fifths.

  • Triads & Chord Names 5:50

    Triads & Chord Names

    In this video, Eli describes the four different types of triads and where they naturally occur in major keys.

  • Triads & Roman Numerals 2:51

    Triads & Roman Numerals

    Explore how Roman numerals are used to identify triads built on scale tones as you work through the sharp keys in the cycle of fifths.

  • First Inversion Triads 7:06

    First Inversion Triads

    In this video, discover the two variations in how triads are constructed and voiced. Hear the difference in sound between closed and open voicings. And explore the use of first inversion voicings, in which the 3rd of the chord is used as the lowest note of the chord instead of the root.

  • Second Inversion Triads 2:56

    Second Inversion Triads

    Explore the sound of triads that are voiced with the 5th degree as the lowest note in each chord.

  • Triads in Action 6:20

    Triads in Action

    Hear multiple variations of simple triad-based chord movement, each using different inversions and voicings.

  • Chords in Minor Keys 5:49

    Chords in Minor Keys

    Take a look at how triads are constructed in minor keys and hear a couple of examples of minor key chord progressions using triads and inversions.

  • Seventh Chords 6:49

    Seventh Chords

    Learn how chord extensions are added to triads, as we examine the different types of naturally occurring seventh chords found in four-note chords built from the major scale.

  • Seventh Chords in Minor Keys 5:50

    Seventh Chords in Minor Keys

    Discover the qualities of seventh chords built on various degrees of the natural minor scale, as well as those built on the naturally occurring harmonies in the ascending form of the melodic minor scale.

  • Sixth & Seventh Chords in Action 4:56

    Sixth & Seventh Chords in Action

    Explore the sonic variations resulting in adding a 6th degree to major and minor triads. Hear a few examples of them combined with seventh chords.

  • Chord Review & Suspended Chords 6:53

    Chord Review & Suspended Chords

    Here, Eli presents a quick review of all the different chord types studied so far in this series. He also demonstrates suspended chords and illustrates how they resolve naturally.

  • Chord Progressions 8:58

    Chord Progressions

    In the final video, review some best practices when voices within a chord move from one chord to another. Also, get a jump start on some commonly used chord progressions in various styles of popular music.

Product Overview

Music expert Eli Krantzberg presents comprehensive video tutorials on chord theory for beginners, without the need for reading music! If you've ever wanted to learn how chords work - both on their own and within a chord progression - this video series is the one to watch! Eli starts at the beginning so that no one is left behind, explaining the core concepts of music theory with plenty of examples along the way. Even if you've never learned to read music before, you'll come out with a solid footing on the language of chords. These videos are for those with little or no music theory knowledge.

Eli welcomes you and begins with the basics of pitches, explaining how they're named and laid out of the piano keyboard. You'll work through intervals - the building blocks of music - and learn how to identify their qualities. Next, discover the cycle of fifths and how it can make the task of learning key signatures easier and more organized.

Next, Eli focuses on triads (three-note chords) - how they're constructed, named, and their function within both major and minor keys. Learn how Roman numerals are used when analyzing and indicating chord progressions and how the notes of a chord can be rearranged from top to bottom to form chord inversions.

Throughout the rest of the course, you'll learn about seventh chords, sixth chords, voice-leading, how to harmonize several scales (major scale, minor scale, melodic minor scale), and how to use and resolve suspended chords. Eli finishes up the series by demonstrating several common chord progressions used in popular music so you'll be able to start recognizing them right away!

To see exactly what these in-depth chord theory video tutorials show you, and how they'll make learning about chords quick, fun, and easy, see the individual Chords: Beginner's Guide video tutorial descriptions on this page. Stop hunting and pecking for the right chord or note every time you write a song! Watch “Chords: Beginner's Guide” today!

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