Piano By Ear Chart

Piano By Ear Chart: LadyDpiano

I've posted about inversions many times... You know, a rearranging of the notes that make up a chord. With any note that involves 3 notes, the arrangement looks like this for a C chord.

CEG       EGC    GCE     CEG
1-3-5      3-5-1    5-3-1    1-3-5

I thought I'd share a chart with you that lists the Key (combination of chords used in a song), the name of sharps and flats (raising and lowering note 1/2 step),  scale and chords (3 notes played together). I think it's important to know this information, especially if you want to be free of reading sheet music all the time! Look it over and let me know what you think.

KEY      NAME of #'s                     SCALE                                  CHORDS

C              0                                       C D E F G A B C                    C, F, G

G             F#                                       G A B C D E F# G                 G, C, D

D            F#, C#                                 D E F# G a B C# D                  D, G, A

A            C#, F#, G#                           A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G#, A       A, D, E

E           F#, G#, C#, D#                     E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, D#, E       E, A, B                                     

B          C#, D#, F#, G#, A#              B, C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A#, B      B, E, F

KEY    NAME of b's                          SCALE                                      CHORDS

F           Bb                                         F, G, A, Bb, C, D, E, F                 F, Bb, C                                            
Bb        Bb, Eb                                   Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G, A, Bb             Bb, Eb, F

Eb        Eb, Ab, Bb                            Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb, C, D, Eb            Eb, Ab, Bb

Ab       Ab, Bb, Db, Eb                     Ab, Bb, C, Db, Eb, F, G, Ab          Ab, Db, Eb

Db       Db, Eb, Gb, Ab, Bb               Db, Eb, F, Gb, Ab, Bb, C, Db       Db, Gb, Ab

Gb       Gb, Ab, Bb, Cb, Db, Eb         Gb, Ab, Bb, Cb, Db, Eb, F, Gb     Gb, Cb, Eb

If you're interested in learning about chords, the type of chord and how to form it, here's the chart.

How To Make a Chord

CHORD TYPE                                FORM                                         SCALE DEGREES

Major  Chord                                    1-3-5                                              1-3-5
Minor Chord                                     Flat the 3rd                                    1-3b-5
7th Chord                                          Flat the 7th                                    1-3-5-7b
Major 7th Chord                               Add the 7th                                    1-3-5-7
Augmented Chord (+)                      Sharp the 5th                                  1-3-5#
Diminished Chord                            Flat the 3rd 7 5th                            1-3b-5b
Diminished 7th Chord                      Flat the 3rd, 5th. bb the 7th            1-3b-5b-7bb
2nd Chord                                         Add the 2nd                                    1-2-3-5
6th Chord                                          Add the 6th                                     1-3-5-6
9th Chord                                          Add the 9th to the 7th chord           1-3-5-7b-9
Suspended Chord                              Drop the 3rd and add the 4th          1-4-5

Hope this helps! If you're looking for more information on chord theory, you may be interested in an audio series from Hear and Play called, Chord 101 & 102

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