Broken Chord Piano Technique: “What It is and How to Use It”


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Ah, broken chords. The sound. The cascading pattern of chordal notes. It’s gorgeous. There’s definitely about it. And this technique is regarded as the simplest to understand. After all, all you ought to do to create it’s have a chord under your fingers and be capable to “break it up.”

What do I signify by break it up? You’ve possibly been aware of strong chords. This really is when all tones are heard at when. As an example, if I finger a C Major triad and play all 3 keys at when, I’m playing a strong chord. But, if I break this chord up into it’s 3 notes and play them 1 at a time you receive a broken chord.

Broken chords are utilized frequently in New Age piano music. There’s anything about playing notes of the chord in broken design that’s rather appealing. Maybe it’s because it makes the piano sound fuller. Or it might be it simply sounds beautiful.

Now, let’s take a consider how we can create it.

In the lesson “Reflections in Water,” we have 4 open position chords. These chords are perfect for “breaking up” because they are thus wide-spaced. Over 2 octaves of notes lay under your finger strategies. When we finger this chord position we can play the broken-chord design. How? By making your fingers play about with all the note possibilities! And there are numerous of them.

When you hear to me play this part, you’ll see that it’s nothing to create house about. That is, I’m not after a “sophisticated” sound here. I’m merely gently playing about with all the notes and utilizing the element of time to create a calm ambiance. And it functions! The notes float out into the air and music is built. Not by planning or striving to come up with information but by following a limited easy protocols and making go of the requirement to control the outcome.

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