A Good Way to Learn All Your “Thirteenth” Chords (by Pattern, NOT by Rote)

Hello again, piano people!

To all those who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday, I hope it was a most excellent holiday for you. One of the things in life that I’m most thankful for is, of course, music!  So, to the Divine Creator, I say thank you, thank you, thank you, for giving us music!

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Todays’ post is about learning “thirteenth chords” on piano. In this video, you will learn a good way to learn and retain all twelve of the standard 13th chords without resorting to rote memorization.  In my experience,  I discovered early on that learning scales and chords by rote — that is, note-by-note, without any understanding of the patterns they all have in common — is the worst way to go.  Learning the underlying patterns that consistently define all scales and chords is absolutely where it’s at!

 

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