In this video lesson, we will learn how to play piano Major Open Chords and how we should appropriately distribute the notes between both hands. Open chord voicing is used for orchestral, strings, and pad arrangements since open chords produce a colorful sound and provide a wider separation between the instruments. Open chords are also helpful when playing 'Chord-Melody' because that gives more space to our melody line.
The C Major Chord – Close Disposition
We get a close chord when the notes are close together in a way that no other chord note can fit in between.
The C Major Open Chord
We get an open chord when we space out the 'notes of the chord,' creating gaps between them.
Major Open Chord on Root Position
To create an open chord, we move the middle note of the chord one octave up. On root position, the 'middle note' of the chord is the 3rd (in this case, E).
Major Open Chord on 1st Inversion
For 1st inversion, the middle note is the perfect 5th (in this case, G) to make the open chord; we play it one octave up.
Major Open Chord on 2nd Inversion
For the 2nd inversion, the middle note is the root (in this case, C)