Piano Chord Dictionary

Piano Chord Dictionary

The Piano Chord Dictionary is useful when you’re trying to play popular sheet music. You’ll need to know what all those chord symbols mean:

Cm, Cm7, Cm7-5, Cdim, C+, C9, C11, C13, C7#5, C7 sus4, etc, etc?

Finally, a book that deciphers the mysteries of chord symbols commonly found in popular sheet music and delivers much more to the absolute beginner.

You can use the Piano Chord Dictionary even if you can’t read a note of music!

Plus, we give you acceptable substitutes for all complex chords.

This allows you to play difficult chords with ease.

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Put the numbered and lettered stickers on your keyboard, and you’re ready to start playing the more complex chords from popular sheet music.

It’s a great way to add chords to your popular piano favorites.

Piano Chord Dictionary


PIANO CHORD DICTIONARY includes sturdily bound, durable, colorful 112 page illustrated, pre-printed book and removable numbered stickers, plus 56 minute DVD from Teach Yourself Piano, and FREE shipping in the USA. This video will have you playing simple chords (three piano keys played with the left hand) and fun, familiar songs with both hands right away.



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Free Online Piano Chord Dictionary

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Complete Explanation of Each Chord

The C chord (in the above example) is comprised of white keys. It is the first chord you should learn. It is also called “C major.” This same chord may use a variety of chord symbols in sheet music, such as C ma and C maj. As a beginner, think of it as the center of the universe.

The actual PIANO CHORD DICTIONARY includes lots of other valuable information that will help you learn to play piano, such as suggested right hand placement, and acceptable chord substitutions for more complex chords. All the terminology that you will encounter in popular music chord symbols is explained in simple terms that anyone can understand, and see in the diagrams such as the one above.

For example, beginners should know that chords marked with a “9,” such as C9, are best played in a simpler form until facility has been gained in playing more complex chords, such as “9th” chords. Thus a beginner is well advised to play the symbol C7 instead of C9 (this process is called “chord substitution.)

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