At some point in your musical journey, regardless of what instrument you play, you’ll find yourself in front of that 88-keyed beast we call a piano. This can be a daunting task for many musicians. Often times, one of the biggest fears or stumbling blocks for non-pianists is that of comping chord changes. This simply doesn’t have to be the case.
By knowing a few simple devices and spending some time at the keyboard every day, the piano can become an incredibly valuable tool in your musical development. Remember that on any single voice instrument, while you can arpeggiate a chord to approximate chordal structures, you can’t play chords – plain and simple. This is where some proficiency at the piano will come in handy.
At minimum, you should have the ability to look at a lead sheet or recall a memorized tune and be able to play the chords in root position. By learning this skill, you’ll have an easy way to hear the harmonic progression of any tune you are learning, plus, you’ll be able to see all of the notes laid out neatly in front of you.
Where to start
We’ve all had different experiences with the piano. Maybe you’ve never played a note or perhaps you’ve had some basic lessons years ago. It’s never too late to get together some simple piano chops, regardless of your skill level. Here are a few practice ideas and voicing options to help you on your way:
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