I - IV - V piano chords

by Bill on March 17, 2011

If you’re going to master piano chords, the most basic essentials are the I, IV and V (1,4 and 5) chords in any key - also known as the tonic, subdominant and dominant. They tend to be the principal chords in any piece of music. So if you’re in a position where progressions based on them fall naturally under your hands on the piano keyboard, you’re off to a good start for improvisation, songwriting and general piano playing.

Whatever you do, don’t forget to figure out the I, IV and V of as many keys as possible - don’t get “trapped” in a few simple keys. At the same time, don’t feel you have to learn every single voicing and inversion of the chords on the keyboard. Just pick up what they are and how they work, and start to develop a good feel for them, and the rest should come naturally!

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