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Latin Piano Chord Progressions

latin chordLatin piano music is an exciting adventure full of different techniques and surprises. In order to properly train your hands and your mind to play Latin music on the piano, you must master a few skills.

Chord progressions will play a major role in your practice and development of playing Latin piano music as they create a pattern from a series of different chords.

Many different types of music include chord progressions. For example: gospel, pop, classic, rock, and of course, Latin. These genres use Latin piano chord progressions throughout many pieces.

You must have a proper understanding of the musical scales to understand Latin chord progressions. Understanding the musical structure of scales will allow you to freely play and enjoy Latin piano music. Learning and memorizing the chords as well as the different sets of scales will be necessary. For example, C major scale is composed:

C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C

It is very important to apply the C major scale whenever the song calls for a C major. Changes will have to be done to the structure of the major scale if key selection is different. For instance, if the musical piece asks you to play in the G major scale, it will look like this:

G, A, B, C, D, E, F#

If you do not understand the concept of major and minor scales, returning to your piano lessons notes or other resources online will be essential. Do not move forward until you have a firm understanding of the major scale as it will inhibit you in successfully playing Latin piano music.

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latin chord propertiesOnce you have mastered the properties of piano chords and scales, it is time to begin studying chord progressions. The first step will be to listen to Latin piano songs while trying to recognize the chord progression.

This will help you to understand the general concept of chord progressions as well as allowing you to create your own. The basics of Latin piano chord progression is

I, IV, I

Therefore, if you are playing in the C key it will look like this:

C, F, G

Repeat these three chords over and over again in order to create your progression. There are many different styles of progressions in Latin Piano music, therefore it’s important to surround yourself with Latin piano music and become accustomed to their sounds. Don’t be shy to try out chord progressions by attempting to re-construct the structure after listening to it.

When studying Latin piano chord progressions it’s important to remain focused. They will give your song a smooth and satisfying sound if they are properly developed. Don’t be shy to reach out for help if you are experiencing problems.

Progressions are not easy to master, however they are detriment in successfully playing Latin music. Watching other pianists playing Latin progressions will help you to better your understanding.

Allowing you to peek over a pianist’s shoulder and witness proper hand positioning and movements to accomplish progressions. Remember to practice, practice, practice. Mastering chord progressions are key in order to play any musical genre.

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