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    Here is a series of about 15 chords. Keep in mind that there isn’t a specific way to play them. What I recommend is to:

    1) Learn and become familiar with each chord
    2) Develop a style & rhythm and / or …
    3) Try to find ways to include some of the chords into songs that you already know how to play

    Again, the following chart is just a list of chords that I like to play. They can be played in order; however, the style in which you choose to play them depends on your creativity!

    Let’s get to work…

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    Here is an example format of how I will present each chord:

    | CHORD NAME | LEFT HAND | RIGHT HAND

    abcd 7 a / b / c / d/ e f g

    * This is just an example of how I will list the chords. Please don’t attempt to play what I have just shown above… (No matter how creative you are, I don’t think the notes above make a nice sounding chord … ) :o)

    ** Keep in mind that most of these chords will involve 6 (and sometimes 8 or 9) fingers. If you cannot reach some of the notes, use your ear to eliminate some of the less important notes (for example, eliminating the root note when it is played in both the left and right hand).

    A ” * ” indicates a note played at the higher octave (like playing a low “C” as well as the next highest “C” ).

    >>>> IN THE KEY OF C#

    | CHORD NAME | LEFT HAND | RIGHT HAND

    1) C# maj 9 C# / G# / C# * D# G# D# *

    2) D# min 9 D# / A# / C# F F# A# D#

    3) C# maj 9 / F F / G# / C# D# G# D# *

    4) F# maj (add 6) F# / C# / F A# D# F G#

    5) G# 11 G# / D# / F# C# F# A#

    6) G# 7 (b9) G# / D# / F# C F A

    7) C# maj 9 (add 6) C# / G# A# D# G#

    8) F min 7 (b5) F / C / D# B D# G#

    9) A# 7 (b9) A# / F / G# B D G#

    10) D# min (b5) D# / A# A C# D# F#

    11) C# maj 9 / G# G# / C# / F G# C# D# F G# *

    12) D# 9 (add 6) D# / A# / C# G C C# F

    13) G# 13 G# / D# / F# A# C# F G#

    14) G# 6 (b9) G# / D# / F# A C F

    15) C# maj 9 (add 6) C# / G# A# D# G#

    AUTHOR’S NOTE:

    While this exact 15-series chord progression is not covered in my 300-pg course, the chords which make up the progressions are. If you noticed, I used:

    – major ninth chords
    – minor ninth chords
    – eleventh chords
    – thirteenth chords
    – altered chords (for example, “b9” )
    – sixth chords

    If you were intrigued by the chord progression above, I invite you to read more about “The Secrets to Playing Piano By Ear” 300-pg course at:

    http://www.hearandplay.com/course

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    Hi, I'm Jermaine Griggs, founder of this site. We teach people how to express themselves through the language of music. Just as you talk and listen freely, music can be enjoyed and played in the same way... if you know the rules of the "language!" I started this site at 17 years old in August 2000 and more than a decade later, we've helped literally millions of musicians along the way. Enjoy!

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    1 Thelma

    I was not aware that music had so much going on with it. Now I see why songs appear to the ear so different. For years I have played basic chords and I was stuck in a rut. I asked for help and people would say they “yes I’ll help” but nowhere to be found when the time came.
    I thank all of you at Hear and Play Music Learning Center

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    2 marquita

    Thank you for the tips Mr Grigg.

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    3 simeon

    i have taken out time to really study some of these chords. One thing that is very challanging is how to incorporate same into your playing but i have been able to breakthrough because i also mix with musicians who know more than i do. With what i have gotten from hear and play i have no choice but to be among the best players around . Thanks to jermaine for doing a great job on this site.

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    6 johnny

    aye Mr jermaine…
    greetings…
    tanks for ur great work…pls I dnt understand How chords number 1,2,8 and 11 & sum can be voiced. sum contain more than 3 slashes…which is for left and right?…I’m waiting for ur reply…
    thanks…

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    7 KING SOLOMON

    dear sir, god bless u, u are a wonderful teacher, i wish to meet u one day and we play a live gospel show and eat a nice lunch after, bravo

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