Lesson 35 - Root Chord Pattern
1. IntroductionIn this lesson, you will learn a pattern called the "root chord pattern" that will make the left hand parts more interesting when playing songs.
Step 1: We will take a look at "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", in which the left hand plays every chord on the first beat of each measure.
Step 2: We will take a look at what happens when the left hand plays the root note of the chord first, then the full chord.
2. Playing Chords on the First Beat of Each MeasureBelow is an animation of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", in which the left hand plays every chord on the first beat of each measure.
3. Step 2: Playing the Root Note on the First Beat of Each Measure, then the ChordBelow is an animation of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", in which the left hand plays the root note of the chord first, then the chord. For example, in the first measure, the right hand plays the root note of the C chord for beats one and two, and then plays the C chord in root position for beats three and four. Notice that the root note is played one octave lower than the chord.
4. ConclusionCongratulations, you have just played "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" with the root chord pattern. This is one of many different patterns you can use to make the songs you play sound more interesting. Try this pattern with other songs as well!
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