Log in

InsidePiano Video Tutorials | Learn Piano Online

Piano for the Modern Musician. Modern Harmony and Jazz Piano Improvisation.

How to Play Chord-Melody on Piano

How to play Chord-Melody on Piano the proper voice distribution. The 2-Part-System vs. the 3-Part-System.

"How to use his knowledge of chords to be able to play songs by ear."

​That is a great question because it brings up the concept of Chord-Melody.There is a misinterpretation of the concept of Chord-Melody going around the internet in which they treat Chord-Melody as a 2 Part System.

Chord-Melody as a 2 Part System.

The Chord-Melody is easily confused as a 2 Part System

Part 1 - Melody with the Right Hand.
Part 2 - Chords with the Left Hand.

We only use chords with the Left Hand when soloing with the right hand with a jazz band for example.But in this case, those are rootless chords and is an improvisation technique.But when playing the piano solo, without any accompaniment, we must think of Chord-Melody as a 3 Part System to make a better use of the notes range and extensions.

Chord-Melody as a 3 Part System:

The Chord Melody is a 3 Part System, in which the Melody, Bass Line, and Chords are properly distributed between both hands.

Part 1 - Melody with the Right Hand.
Part 2 - Bass Line with the Left Hand.
Part 3 - The Chord in the Middle.

This position gives us a much wider range of notes.

The Piano is a Representation of the Orchestra

The Piano is a Representation of the Orchestra, and as such we have to see the Piano as a composer, or an arranger does.

Sopranos - With the Right Hand.
Basses - With the Left Hand.
Baritones, Tenors, and Altos - in the Middle.

By using this technique, we have access to a full range of colors and extensions.

Rate this blog entry:
The 12 Dominant as Passing Chords
Piano Multi-Tonic Music Composition
  1. Comments (0)

  2. Add yours

Comments (0)

Rated 0 out of 5 based on 0 votes
There are no comments posted here yet

Leave your comments

Posting comment as a guest.
Attachments (0 / 3)
Share Your Location