Friday, February 3, 2012

Chord Inversions

Are you wondering why, oh why, we are teaching the children to play inversions on the piano?
Here's a great responses from a fellow LPM teacher, Alissa. Thanks Alissa!

"Inversions are just the block chord version of arpeggios.  Most piano teachers teach arpeggios at a young age because they teach the building blocks of the chords - the three notes that make a chord what it is - major or minor.  And by doing inversions and arpeggios, the child sees that no matter what order the notes are in, it's still a C chord or a G chord or whatever.  It also gives them a bigger picture of the entire keyboard.  They see the spatial relationships between major thirds, minor thirds, fourths and fifths and see how they relate to each other on the keyboard, even though they're not being taught all of that terminology.

And if all else fails, refer them to Disney and Aristocats!  Even little kittens learn their scales and their apreggios!   Smiley   tee hee"

How cool is it that a child can take something as simple as a chord and play those 3 notes all over the keyboard! One of my students liked the inversions so much, she wrote them into her composition! It's such a great skill for making song writing great fun! 

It's also a great skill to have while improvising on songs. It's fun to take a song and change it up a bit by playing the chords in any place on the keyboard and in any shape (or inversion) you can imagine! And then to be able to play it in any style such as marching style or alberti style. It's so fun to create!

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