Mark Miller has written an article extolling the virtues of learning basic piano chords as a way to playing recognisable tunes on the piano quickly.
Teaching students how to construct and play chords is very Ã¢â‚¬? concept-basedÃ¢â‚¬?.Ã‚Â This is not rote learning.Ã‚Â Rote learning is fleeting. Concepts stay with us for our entire life.Ã‚Â For example, once you understand that an Ã¢â‚¬? Augmented Ã¢â‚¬? chord means to raise the 5th of the chord up a half step, then you are able to form that chord at any time. Similarly, when you understand that a minor chord is the same as a major chordÃ‚Â except you lower the 3rd or middle note by half step, you then can Ã¢â‚¬? find Ã¢â‚¬? or form that chord at anytime.
Learning your chords are the key to playing the piano life-long!Ã‚Â How many times have you heard a parent say Ã¢â‚¬? I took piano as a kid , but canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t play a note todayÃ¢â‚¬?.Ã‚Â This is as common as it is tragic.Ã‚Â Imagine saying Ã¢â‚¬? I studied arithmeticÃ‚Â for 5 years , but I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t add today!Ã¢â‚¬?.