The Mega 7th Chord

The perfect chord for all your funky jams

Lisa Witt - Oct 16, 2018

Want to learn how to play a fun and funky 7th chord? You need the MEGA 7th. This chord is based on a C7 which is a pretty cool chord. Let’s look at how to build a C7 first, and then we will make the necessary modifications to make it MEGA.

 

To play a C7 we use the notes C-E-G which are a normal C triad and then add a flat 7 on the top which is Bb. So our chord ends up being C-E-G-Bb. Sounds good BUT, we can make it MEGA with some simple modifications.

 

Begin by playing the root note which is C in your left hand. We will continue the chord in our right hand by playing the 3rd which is E. So far we have C in our left and E in our right. This creates a major 3rd. Now, let’s add in the flat 7 in our right hand. This gives us C (left) E and Bb. Sounding pretty great now but we aren’t quite finished. The wild card here is a sharped 9th! To find this, count up 9 from your root note and sharpen it! This gives us a D#.

 

The Mega 7th:

 

Left Hand: C
Right Hand: E-Bb-D#

There you have it. The perfect chord for all your funky jams.

 

Jordan

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International Chord of Mystery: The Minor/Major 7th

Jordan Leibel - Oct 12, 2018

 

Your mission, should you choose to accept it… Is to learn our featured chord: the Minor/Major 7th chord. This chord is one of the finest tools for creating tension and a suave, cool, slightly ominous vibe in your music. The chord was made famous in the James Bond theme, and as soon as you play it you’ll hear it’s iconic quality.

 

 

 

The chord itself gets its distinctive quality from the combination of Minor and Major qualities in the notes that make up the chord.  

 

Let’s look at a C Minor/Major 7 chord as an example. This chord is built of the notes C-Eb-G-B. The Minor element of the chord is found in the bottom two notes: C and Eb. Together, those two notes form an interval called the Minor 3rd, which is the most important interval that defines a Minor chord.

 

So that explains the Minor element of the chord, but where does the Major come in?  Well, we get a hint on where it comes from in the name of the chord. The Major 7 is another important interval to remember, as it features in a lot of chords. The way to find this tone is simple enough, all you have to do is count up 7 tones in the Major scale, which will lead you to the top note of the chord:  B.  

 

Put that all together and you've got the perfect combo of minor and major giving you the iconic "spy" sound found in the James Bond theme. Not only will this chord make you sound like a pro but it is a really great tool to learn how more advanced chord types are created and written in a chart.

 

So give this chord a go and play your very own spy theme. No license to kill required. 

 

Jordan

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Proper Posture At The Piano

Lisa Witt - Oct 10, 2018

 

How do you sit when you are at the piano? Do you have good posture? I can tell you that after more than 20 years of playing, I STILL have to work on this.

 

Sometimes I catch myself slouching, my shoulders up by my ears, or even CROSS-LEGGED on the bench! It's terrible, I know, but it happens! So this is for complete beginners AND for those of us who have been playing for a long time. I would encourage all of you to check in with your posture a few times throughout each practice. Often we don’t even notice when we’ve let things slide.

 

But why all the fuss about posture? Proper posture will help us to play at our best and prevent injury and discomfort. Let’s review what proper posture is...

 

 

Sit nice and tall at your bench with your feet flat on the floor. If they don't reach the floor you can place them on a short stool or some books. Is your back nice and straight? Relax those shoulders! Check your knees. They should be just slightly underneath that front lip of the piano. 

 

Now, place your hands on the keys and make sure that you’ve got enough room for your hands to comfortably rest on the keys. Don’t sit too close since you need room to play. You should have a slight bend at your elbow.

 

Make sure you’ve got good lighting so you don’t have to lean forward or squint to see the page!

 

And finally, breathe and have fun!

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