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#2295197 - 06/26/14 07:23 AM Practicing chords  
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Hello,

Is it a good method to practice chords, to play along with songs on the stereo set with this kind of sheet music? it would be more fun than just repeating the circle of 5ths, but is it a good practice method.

http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/r/richard_hawley/tonight_the_streets_are_ours_crd.htm

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#2295219 - 06/26/14 08:39 AM Re: Practicing chords [Re: johan d]  
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I would say so. You could also try playing from a leadsheet (with melody and chord symbols). You should always practise chords in a context, much as you do with leadsheets and chords from ultimate guitar. smile
(Do not play every chord in root position, use some inversions, if possible, so you can change the chords faster. And it will sound better that way, mixing inversions with root position.)

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#2295250 - 06/26/14 09:47 AM Re: Practicing chords [Re: johan d]  
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I would say so, too. And, as Dr Cogitatio has mentioned, you can play the chords in various positions and discover what works best for the arrangement.

In some instances you may prefer solid block chords in LH and only melody in right. Or stride in LH, or broken chords, walking bass etc.

Whatever style is chosen, you will, in most cases want to stay in the same general area of the register. You can do this by not playing everything in its root. There will be plenty of combinations to play with and where to go next will begin to feel like a no brainer over time. You will just start to know what will fit next, without thinking about a chord name.

Yes, agree. Better practice then exercises. More fun and plenty to learn in the process. Also, lots of possibilities for expanding your repertoire as you become more proficient at it. Many good musicians use little else. Best of luck ...


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#2295252 - 06/26/14 09:56 AM Re: Practicing chords [Re: Greener]  
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Thx,
Just a beginner i piano, so maybe stupid question... As long as i do root position and inversions, it will "sound" ok and fit in the song heard on the hifi?

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#2295253 - 06/26/14 09:58 AM Re: Practicing chords [Re: johan d]  
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Any of the inversions should fit... as long as the chord is correct, of course playing certain inversions will sound better than others, but as long as you are playing the correct chord with the bass they are essentially the same notes just in a different position.

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#2295261 - 06/26/14 10:28 AM Re: Practicing chords [Re: johan d]  
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Originally Posted by johan d
Thx,
Just a beginner i piano, so maybe stupid question... As long as i do root position and inversions, it will "sound" ok and fit in the song heard on the hifi?


NOT a stupid question. The ones not asked ... are not so bright.

Yes, as long as the chord notes are correct, how or where you play them will all sound great with the HI FI backing you up. How and where you play the chords will be more important when working towards a finished product for performance.

Suggest play along with the HI FI. Then, shut off the HI FI and see how it sounds solo. Adjust, Repeat, Adjust, Repeat ...


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