• [NEW SERIES] “16 Chords You Absolutely Must Know In 2016… In All 12 Keys!”

    in Chords & Progressions,Piano


    Welcome to 2016!

    At last, the greatly anticipated 2016 is here and it gives me so much pleasure to congratulate everyone who made it through to the 16th year of the 21st century.

    We can only look at 2015 as last year. It is gone. There can never be another 2015, forever.

    “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”

    The Number Fifteen

    In my Christmas day post (exactly eight days ago), I made it clear that 2016 is not just a typical year. And in this post, I’m going to give you more reasons to take my word for it.

    Before I talk about 2016, let me show you the significance of last year – 2015.

    The number fifteen in Italian is quindicesima.

    Quindicesima is a milestone figure in music in the same way the octave (eight) is important. The octave (eight) is a milestone figure in music because it takes you to a higher pitch level of whatever note you’re currently on. For example, starting from this C:

    An octave will still be a C note (no doubt):
    …but in a higher octave. From C to C (octave) is indeed a higher pitch level, but trust me, there’s a whole lot in between:
    …and sometimes, it gets even chromatic with these accidentals (black notes):

    Indeed, celebrating an octave of years is noteworthy and I did that several years ago. Read my post that marked our first octave (when Hearandplay.com turned 8 years old in 2008).

    Beyond the octave lies the quindicesima (a fifteenth). The quindicesima is twice the effect of the octave. A fifteenth from C:

    is C:

    If we take time to look at what has happened in between the first year and the fifteenth year, it’ll look like:

    In fifteen years, Hearandplay.com has grown in leaps and bounds through thick and thin – thank God.

    Happy New Year

    2016 marks the beginning of a new phase in HearandPlay.com’s existence. I’m glad that we’ve completed the first two milestone years (eight and fifteen) and still counting.

    With the additions to our team from different parts of the world and lots of other projects in the pipeline, I have no doubt that the next fifteen years will be bigger and better.

    Our very first step is geared towards equipping you with 16 chords in 16 weeks. With that and a few bonus chords we’re throwing in, you’ll cover 216 chords. But we’re not done, we’re giving you 126 exercises every week that’ll make sure you commit these chords to memory. That’s 2016 exercises.

    It doesn’t get any better than 2016 chord exercises in 2016… to finally make sure your struggle with chords is a difficulty of the past! Free!

    “16+ Chords in 16 Weeks: 216 Chords, 2016 Exercises”

    We’re starting off the leap year with a free 16-week chord revival program (on this blog) that will help you surmount the challenges of chord construction, chord spelling and chord application. Here’s just the tip of the iceberg:

    One chord weekly × 16 weeks × 12 Keys (+ 24 bonus chords for fun!) = 216 Chords. Imagine where your playing will be with 216 chords that range from triads to sixth chords, seventh chords and ninth chords, major, minor, diminished, augmented, dominant, etc.

    One accompanying weekly cheat sheet containing 12 chords. A pdf reference given to you weekly to aid in study and memorization of the featured chord. Whether you print or view it on your device is entirely up to you.

    2016 Exciting Exercises on Chord Construction. To facilitate learning, we have 126 exciting exercises for you per week. Don’t be scared. These exercises are meant to be fun. It’ll take just one dot to answer each question. By the end of the free 16-week training, you’ll have completed 2016 exercises.

    Quick Guide to Memorizing Chords. At the end of the 16 weeks, we’ll be giving you a free comprehensive guide that reviews the entire 16-week program. You’ll learn, step-by-step, how to build your retention for chords using top secrets only available in this guide.

    Certificate of Completion. On the 16th of April 2016, you can print your certificate of completion from this Quick Guide to Memorizing Chords program. The importance of self-reward cannot be over-emphasized.

    Here’s the schedule we’ll follow:


    January 1Major
    January 8Augmented
    January 15Minor
    January 22Diminished

    Sixth Chords

    January 29Major 6
    February 5Minor 6

    Seventh Chords

    February 12Major 7
    February 19Dominant 7
    February 26Minor 7
    March 4Half-Diminished 7
    March 11Diminished 7
    March 18Augmented Major Seventh
    March 25Minor-Major Seventh

    Ninth Chords

    April 1 – Major 9
    April 8 – Dominant 9
    April 15 – Minor 9

    I can’t wait.

    Make sure to check this blog every week for the latest update (not to mention the daily content in between!).

    Once again, Happy New Year!

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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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    { 29 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 Mbaku Jude

    hello Sir, happy new year. I just stumble on your block and pray it helps me go through this far fetch dream of being an excellent pianist. it’s good


    2 Sermapandian

    Excellent way of teaching chords.


    3 Moses Brims Banda

    I am really growing musically through the great work of Griggs! God bless you HearandPlay


    4 Jermaine Griggs

    God bless you too Moses. Thank you.


    5 James

    I luv hearandplay, i luv griggs jermaine.


    6 Leo Edwards

    Your teaching is so lucid Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge in simplitic terms!


    7 Abas

    Hearandplay is a blessing to this very age. more uplift to those involved esp. to my Father, Founder and President Jermaine Griggs…


    8 Jacqueline Williams

    I am having fun learning these chords. I am looking forward to playing them and making music sound wonderful.
    Bless you! Jermaine and staff’ members


    9 Robin Curry

    God bless!!!


    10 Israel

    God bless you Jermaine! I’ve been following you for about 4 years now and you’ve been a great source of help to my music career with your easy steps to understanding piano secrets. God bless you and keep the flag flying.


    11 Nancy

    I recommend your web-site to all my classes! You are freely sharing your knowledge and making it easy to learn music theory. Thank you!


    12 Taiwo Olushola

    You are a hero and mentor to this generation. I was becoming lazy in my piano practices but you wont let me be. I have dusted my piano again because of your persistence and constant wonderful lessons. I promise you that i will not stop practicing again until i play the piano to my own song very soon.

    God bless you Jermaine Griggs and the entire Hear and Play Music crew.

    I will like to join your affiliate program and i beg that you accept me because i am new to affiliate marketing. Thanks alot


    13 Curtis

    I wanted to know if the last 3 weeks of the 16 week series would be released.


    14 Wendell

    Weeks 14, 15 and 16 the ninth chords where are they remember “16 chords in 16 weeks”.


    15 Evelyn Burt

    Is it too late to access Learn 16 chords in 16 weeks free lessons?


    16 Wendell

    Are u ever going to post the ninth chords?


    17 Simon

    You are my man J. Griggs.


    18 Wendell

    You offered this series “16 Chords In 16 Weeks.” The righteous thing to do is fulfill your commitment and post the ninth chords and complete the series.


    19 Simon

    I just stumbled on your site and some of your lectures through a friend of recent but if 16 Chords material are still available I would go through it.


    Simon Kachi O.


    20 Clarence

    What do you do when you have short fingers and not able to play some large chords


    21 Cyril

    Sir im blessed, I’ve never had a physical piano teacher but through your indefinite love for growing beginners I’ve learnt much… Thank you


    22 Alvin R Jones

    Thank you and God Bless! Jermaine, you have simplified the process of piano playing. I know I will never be a Liberace (or even you…smile), but at age 66……….i am getting satisfaction and discipline. Again, thanks and stay blessed


    23 Corlenous Morlu

    aka primary chords better explanation


    24 omogbemi samiel

    the most impacting website i ever visited about piano. thanks for this


    25 Chuku Onyemachi

    Thanks for your kind words, Omogbemi


    26 happy wheels

    Nice teaching..keep it up..It helped me improve..Thx..


    27 العاب بنات

    Thank you so much brother i like it good one. Nice.


    28 Spinner Tools

    Very nice indeed.


    29 Austin

    very well explained.


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