My most recent experience with this involves a lovely teenage student I have named Kasey. She had spent years in traditional piano lessons, lost interest in those and then came to me to learn chords. (Awesome!) We focused first of course on learning the notes, the different type of chords and playing songs she liked.
But then came the frustration …. When she played her songs, she felt like it all sounded “blocky” or chunky. Playing the same blocks of chords over and over. She didn’t really know how to get beyond playing repetitive chords or get any real flow. And when I played the same thing or demonstrated something for her, it sounded different. There was more to it. And she really wanted her playing to get to that place.
I, however, knew a secret she didn’t know … She was at the point of break through.
But she had to get to this point where it didn’t sound great but she knew the notes she was playing. And from there she could move forward.
So in the next few lessons, we started working on little patterns and techniques she could add in. Just little pieces and ideas added in one by one and do you know what happened?
Everything changed. Her playing jumped forward into “music”. It’s not always perfect (and really it doesn’t have to be) but it sounds great. She is now playing with friends in a band, performing for others and feeling confident about how it sounds.
It really doesn’t take all that much to take your chords to the next level. You can do this too!
And this is not just something I can teach in person to students like Kasey. This is information I can give you!