Notice that, from within the software, you
can select a key (tonic and mode). By default, the key of C
number keys on your computer keyboard beginning with the number
“1” and counting up to “8”.
Hold the SHIFT key while pressing a number
key to play a chord in 1st inversion.
As you know, each
note in a scale has an associated chord function that can be built
from it. In major keys, the 1, 4, and 5 chords are always major in
quality, the 2, 3, and 6 chords are always minor, and the 7 chord is
Using the “chord chart” below, press the
corresponding number key on your computer keyboard in any rhythm
for the specified number of beats as demonstrated in this video
Most of the
activities we'll be doing involve playing chord progressions along
with popular music using the software as an alternate way to play
chords as opposed to a piano or guitar.
- Click the video below to see a
demonstration of the types of activities we'll be doing
- Click a song title. Notice that the
software loads the chord sheet and selects the appropriate
key and timbre.
- Listen to the song once without
playing along by clicking the play button:
- Practice playing the song without the
music track. The chord sheet provides the number of beats to
play each chord number. You may take liberty with the rhythm
you use, but stay within the number of beats within the bar.
- Play along with the music by pressing
the appropriate chord number along as the music plays.
If required by the song, the appropriate inversion type will
switch automatically when the SHIFT key is pressed and a
number key is pressed.
Note: songs may use added notes beyond the root, 3rd, and
5th of the chord, as well as suspensions but we'll be limiting our instrument to
only play triads.
- When you are finished, choose the
appropriate week number from above beginning with Week 1 and
complete the activities for that week by working through each
numbered item on the page.
*Please work on
weekly activities for a total of 1 1/2 to 2 hours each week in
any way your schedule allows (spreading time across several days is recommended)
but for no more or less than 1 1/2 to 2 hours per week.