Chord Inversions for Piano
Chord inversions for piano are one of the keys that will unlock the door to the world of classical music! This sheet will help your students master this important skill.
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What makes this sheet so useable?
The fact that each chord is struck TWICE makes this exercise very approachable. That gives students time to settle in and emphasize each chord before moving on.
First, the tonic chord (C) is moved up and back down, an octave. Careful fingering is a necessity, to play these chords well.
Line 2 is the subdominant chord, the IV chord (F). As with the C chord, each triad is played twice.
In line 3, the dominant chord, G, which is the V chord, is played in the very same manner.
Really - how often do you get to use the very top key?
In the last line, we have a REAL CHALLENGE - only the first two chords are the same, and then it's MOVE - MOVE - MOVE! Each chord is struck just once, all the way up to the top note of the piano! I'm predicting that this will end up being students' favorite part of the exercise.
Preparation for the classical repertoire
This is a very new exercise for my late elementary/intermediate students, but I'm rubbing my hands with glee, anticipating the improvement in their understanding of chords.
Some pieces are full of chord inversions, blocked and/or broken. The Bach C Prelude comes to mind, and the opening measures of the Pachelbel Canon. And Beethoven - LOTS of Beethoven!
I'm thinking that the two students I have working through the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata, for example, would have benefited from preparation with a whole set of sheets like this, one in each major and minor key.
And popular music, too...
One of my students who just started Moonlight Sonata is also playing an arrangement of "Clocks", which is full of repetitive and fun chord inversions. Understanding what is going on brings more pleasure to playing, don't you think?
The link to the chord inversions sheet:
Download Chord Inversions for Piano in the key of C
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