Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad) Pianoteq
Latest Pianoteq add-on instrument: U4 upright piano
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#372848 - 11/15/07 09:45 PM CHORDS
oldie101 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 09/08/07
Posts: 27
Loc: florida
Are there any rules governing the positioning of left hand chords? Root, 1st inv, 2nd inv, etc?
_________________________
oldie

Top
(ad) Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#372849 - 11/15/07 09:50 PM Re: CHORDS
Morodiene Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/06/07
Posts: 10749
Loc: Boynton Beach, FL
Well, I'm not sure what exactly you're looking for, so I'll enture a guess.

Root position chords are stacked third+third
1st inversion chords are stacked third+fourth
2nd inversion chords are stacked fourth+third

The name of the chord is always based on what the bottom note is in root position, no matter the inversion it may be in. For example, a chord spelled EGC from the bottom up is still a C major chord, in first inversion. Does that answer your question?
_________________________
private piano/voice teacher - full time
MTNA member
www.valeoconservatory.com
Petrof 9'2 Concert, Yamaha G3, Roland FP-7, Yamaha MOX6, Kawai MP11

Top
#372850 - 11/15/07 11:57 PM Re: CHORDS
BruceD Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 17666
Loc: Victoria, BC
 Quote:
Originally posted by oldie101:
Are there any rules governing the positioning of left hand chords? Root, 1st inv, 2nd inv, etc? [/b]
What is your question? Rules?

If a chord has the tonic on the bottom, then the third, then the fifth, it's in root position.

If a chord has the third on the bottom, then the fifth, then the tonic, it's in first inversion, etc.

What do you mean by "rules"?

Regards,
_________________________
BruceD
- - - - -
Estonia 190 in satin ebony

Top
#372851 - 11/16/07 12:03 AM Re: CHORDS
vanityx3 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 10/17/06
Posts: 269
well if your playing one chord that is split between both hands, you wouldn't really want more than an octave between the hands.
_________________________
well I'm 20 years old, and I'm teaching myself piano.

Top
#372852 - 11/16/07 12:56 AM Re: CHORDS
Dan101 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 10/13/07
Posts: 45
Loc: Canada
Hi there. The question is a bit vague, but it looks like our colleagues are trying to answer anyway... and they're doing a good job.

I'll just add that chords sound great in a closed position within the 'octave and a bit' range below mid C. After that, they get a bit clumpy. In jazz, ideal chord voicings of any inversion work well close to the middle C area. I hope we're all giving you the information that you seek.
_________________________
Daniel E. Friedman, co-owner of www.pianolessons101.com
You CAN learn to play the piano in a fun and positive way.

Top
#372853 - 11/16/07 02:27 AM Re: CHORDS
jazzwee Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/25/07
Posts: 6990
Loc: So. California
 Quote:
Originally posted by vanityx3:
well if your playing one chord that is split between both hands, you wouldn't really want more than an octave between the hands. [/b]
Not true. When I play jazz solo piano, I'm typically playing 1/7 on the LH, with 3/5/9 on the right on most chords. So that's two octaves plus an extension. The idea is in fact to spread it out to utilize multiple registers.
_________________________
Hamburg Steinway O, Nord Piano 88
My Blog

Top
#372854 - 11/16/07 04:19 AM Re: CHORDS
mahlzeit Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/24/06
Posts: 1910
Loc: Netherlands
I think vanityx3 meant there shouldn't be an "unused" octave between the left hand thumb and the right hand thumb. So don't spread the tones out too much (with exceptions, of course).
_________________________
No idea what chords you are playing? Reverse Chord Finder Pro will tell you!

Top
#372855 - 11/16/07 10:46 AM Re: CHORDS
jazzwee Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/25/07
Posts: 6990
Loc: So. California
sorry. misunderstood.
_________________________
Hamburg Steinway O, Nord Piano 88
My Blog

Top
#372856 - 11/16/07 11:02 AM Re: CHORDS
John Citron Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/15/05
Posts: 3925
Loc: Haverhill, Massachusetts
Are you trying to balance the tone? If this is the case, try softening the middle of the chords and play the root and tonic or octave with a little bit more emphasis. This makes the chords sound less clumpy and cloddy.

John
_________________________
Nothing.

Top

Moderator:  Brendan, Kreisler 
What's Hot!!
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Interesting books about the piano, pianists, piano history, biographies, memoirs and more!
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
Download & Print Sheet Music Instantly
sheet music search
sheet music search

sheet music search
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
170 registered (accordeur, acortot, A Guy, 36251, 47 invisible), 1775 Guests and 27 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
74223 Members
42 Forums
153544 Topics
2250260 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Piano Learning Myths...
by evamar
17 minutes 52 seconds ago
Yamaha U3FS
by Piotr Dydycz
Today at 10:34 AM
Uneven key balance
by Beemer
Today at 09:25 AM
Antique Piano Shop from TN
by IPDRPT
Today at 08:52 AM
Piano song requests?
by kent2012
Today at 08:19 AM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission