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Learning piano chords has never been easier

With flowkey you can learn piano chords faster than ever, using interactive step-by-step exercises that check your progress.

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Learn the piano chords you need to play almost any song

Imagine you could sit at the piano and play almost any song right away, without having to read music. This may sound like a dream completely out of your reach and only achievable after years of practice.

In fact, learning piano chords on your own used to be super hard. You would need to learn from books or chord charts that can‘t really show you how to play chords properly. Or you would meddle with video tutorials, trying to pause and rewind to actually see what’s going on.

But what if you could achieve this dream in just one weekend?

With flowkey, mastering chords becomes easy. Our interactive step-by-step lessons will teach you exactly how to play each chord and check your progress as you follow along with your own instrument. This makes your practice hyper effective and ensures faster progress.

Become a chord pro in nine steps

Below you will find our comprehensive learning path to master piano chords easier than ever.

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1. Getting started with four basic chords

Everything you need to play almost any song is a set of chords and rhythmic patterns. In our first lesson you will learn a chord progression of four basic chords – C-major, G-major, A-minor and F-major – that will allow you to instantly play a basic version of many famous songs.

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2. Playing songs with four piano chords

The goal of the second lesson is to consolidate the hand position and progressions of the four basic chords with a range of different songs. You will play famous songs by Alphaville, Mark Cohn, Coldplay and others while practicing and repeating the four chords. This way you'll build up a strong foundation for playing all sorts of chords during the following lessons.

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3. Major chords

Once you understand the structure of chords you will be able to build any piano chord in a matter of seconds. For example, each major chord is made up of the same intervals – the root note, a third and a fifth. In our third lesson you will learn to build virtually any major chord and you will practice the most important major chords with our interactive exercises.

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4. Minor chords

The fourth lesson focuses on minor chords which have a slightly different structure on the piano and they also sound different. Major chords tend to sound happy and minor chords tend to sound sad. After this lesson you will know the most common minor chords by heart.

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5. Basic chord accompaniment patterns

Maybe you’ve come to this situation before: You can play some chords and it sounds nice, but far from impressive. You still seem to be miles away from those pianists playing at bars, improvising on different styles and making everyone jealous of their playing skills. The secret to playing like those pianists is rhythm and in this lesson your will learn some rhythmic patterns to turn simple chords into powerful songs.

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6. Four-note chords

In order to get to the next level you will need to learn more advanced chords such as sevenths and sixths chords. These chords have an additional fourth note that makes them sound jazzy or bluesy. In our sixth lesson there‘s an extensive section focusing on those advanced chords. The goal is to give you the tools you need to sound like a real pro.

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7. Case Study: Pop classic

Now it's time for some repetition, consolidation and enjoyment. In this lesson you will repeat everything you've learned so far by playing a full chord accompaniment of one of the greatest pop hits of our time. The song will be broken down to Intro, Verse, Bridge and Chorus so you will also get to know the standard structure of many pop songs.

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8. Advanced chord accompaniment patterns

This course will show you how to expand and refine your accompaniment patterns by adding even more rhythm to them. You will also learn to distribute the chord notes between the right and left hand. After this lesson you will have all the tools you need to build your own accompaniments and start sounding like a professional pianists fulfilling your dreams.

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9. Improvising in various pop styles

Finally, you will reach the pinnacle of playing chords – improvisation! You will practice how to build your own accompaniments to various styles of music. This lesson will also provide you with some great interactive exercises that allow you to play along and practice with a real band.

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After you've completed these nine piano chords lessons you will have reached a new level in your piano playing. You will understand how to build chords, you will be able to play the most common chords instantly by heart and you will play songs in various styles with the help of chords. Throughout the lessons you will use chords more intuitively to the point of memorizations where you barely need to look at sheet music.

What people are saying about our piano chord lessons

"I tried a lot of different ways to learn to improvise but this is the easiest and most intuitive way. Flowkey is easy to use and well designed. I learned to play various songs within a few hours. There is no better way to learn piano chords.”

Greg T. W. – App Store review

"Great interface. Provides feedback by listening to notes and chords played on my piano. One hand or both. Has a big selection of music. I've been looking for a tool like this for over a year. Tried others and paid over $100 on one and they all stink. Flowkey works well with my iPad."

PDinNY – App Store review

"I've enjoyed playing the piano for myself for many years. I've used flowkey to help me on my chord practice, and the ability to play along with the music has greatly increased my playing accuracy. This thing is seriously helping me become a better piano player.”

Bob P. Wilson – Chrome Store review