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Bonus Lesson #37
"How To Save A Life" - Chorus - 37.1, 37.2, 37.3
1-5-1 Broken Chord - 37.4 and 37.5
1-5-1 Broken Chord: In sections 37.4 and 37.5 of this lesson, I will be introducing the 1-5-1 broken chord, which is undoubtedly the most useful playing technique I have ever learned.
The 1-5-1 broken chord and all it's variations will be that one technique in your music arsenal that will add ear-dazzling flare to your piano playing. I have no doubt that it will be your Go-To Broken Chord.
Click the play button for the video directly below to see and hear the right hand melody for "How To Save A Life" - Measures 6 to 8.
Click the play button for the video directly below to see and hear both hands for "How To Save A Life" - Measures 6 to 8.
Click the play button for the video directly below to see and hear both hands for "How To Save A Life" - Measures 1 to 8.
1-5-1 Broken Chord
If you remember from Lesson 7, I described a broken chord as a chord in which the notes of the chord get played one after the other instead of together at the same time. Broken Chords create a more colorful and complex sound.
This is true for every major chord. Every major chord is made up of the 1st , 3rd and 5th notes of its corresponding major scale.
G Major Scale
A 1-5-1 Broken Chord is made up of just the 1st and 5th notes of the scale.
A left hand 1-5-1 broken chord based on the G major scale is G-D-G, (see illustration below).
Technically, you can play the 1-5-1 broken chord with either hand, anywhere on the piano. I tend to play them with my left hand, below middle C, ninety percent of the time.
Next month in Lesson 38, you'll start using the 1-5-1 left-hand broken chord in real songs. I'll also introduce a few variations of the 1-5-1 that will really start to spice up your playing.
1-5-1 Broken Chord
Click the play button for the video directly below to see and hear the left hand broken chord for G major.
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