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What’s up my piano friends! Today we’re going to go over 4 simple chords you can use even as a beginner to play hundreds of popular songs on piano. Now, this is the simple, easy piano version. You could learn this in anywhere from one day to a week. Literally most beginner’s I’ve taught have learned this thing in about 3 days!

We’re going to simplify it by using some Music Theory Hacks – Don’t worry, you won’t have to understand exactly how they work. Just like you don’t need to understand electricity to use a light switch, you can just use these chords without understanding any of the advanced theory behind them.

So first off, I’m going to show you the exact NOTES of the chords. Next (THIS IS IMPORTANT) we’re going to go over the SYSTEM to learning them. A lot of beginner piano players don’t drill in the chords properly, and they end up frustrated and annoyed when it comes out sloppy, or when they can’t get hands together. But we’re going to eliminate that frustration by drilling it in step-by-step and using some techniques and strategies meant to solidify it into your muscle memory (like “The Four Rhythms!”)

And lastly, we’re going to talk about how to use “Money Patterns” and “Money Variations” to take this pattern to the next level – basically, these are simple variations in rhythm and timing we can easily learn withOUT changing the notes themselves. And it can give you a great way to spice up this chord progression when you use it in actual songs.

Oh, and sidenote: learning this can also help you start to develop some basic improv skills… so it’s like a 2 for 1!

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Happy practicing!


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I use this chord progression ALL the time when I compose. And guess what? So do a TON of other composers! Why?

Because it’s VERY versatile. As you’ll see in the video this one chord progression can be used to convey a number of different emotions (emotional, catchy, motivational, sad, ect). And it always just seems to have a “magical” quality to it.

Now… why do I recommend it for beginners? First off, this progression is used in a TON of songs since it’s so popular. That means by just learning ONE progression and really working it you already have a bunch of songs under your belt. So it’s a great “bang for your buck” in terms of the usefulness you get out of it for the practice time you put in.

Also, by making a few simple changes (chord variations and substitutions) you can “modify” this chord progression into a ton of similar-but-different chord progressions very easily. As you’ll see in the video, we’re going to come up with 5 other similar chord progressions VERY easily just by changing the order or slightly modifying one of the chords. But you’ll see more in the video.

Oh, and did I mention it’s also VERY easy to improvise over (even if you’re a beginner!) If you stick around to the end of the video you’ll see because of the way this progression’s set up, with a little very simple music theory we can make improvising a breeze. And then we can add a few “money notes” to spice things up even more.

Enjoy the video! If you liked this one, you’ll probably also like my video on the very simple Jazz chord progression that’s ALSO easy to improv over. Here’s the link to that video:

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