Getting Started With Chords

About Getting Started With Chords

"Curious about chords? Come learn about how to build a chord (also known as a triad) and the intervals you can use to create one! Triads are so omnipresent in all styles of popular and classical music so understanding and hearing them is essential! In this course, you will learn how to build any triad from scratch (using intervals) and how to recognize them (assessing the sound and ""feeling"" that arises upon hearing them).

They will also be exposed to a wide repertoire of music (different genres, styles, and music regions) through audio examples, focusing their attention on different layers of the music (melody, harmony, bass line) to listen for different types of triads."

Class Goals

- learn intervals and how they're used to create chords 
- learn different types of chords such as major, minor, augmented, diminished, and suspended
- learn how chords work in a variety of music 
- practice creating multiple types of chords

Age Range

12 and up

Skill Level

Beginner+ (It's helpful to be able to read music, but with a pencil and some patience you'll be fine!)


Sign up for the Piano Pass, a new monthly program that includes 80+ live piano classes per month, including this one! The Pass is only $14.99 for your first month, then $39/month going forward. It's easy to cancel anytime. You can also enroll for just this class session by using the drop-down menu above.

Learn more about how the Lessonface Piano Pass works here.


Weekly 55-min sessions on Wednesdays, at 7 pm ET | 4 pm PT.

The next session is Wednesday, December 9.

How It Works

Students can connect to the online platform using a tablet or computer with reliable internet. To actively participate online students also need a webcam with microphone. The class is covered by the Lessonface Guarantee.

Signed up already? Click here.
Jim Funnell

Jim Funnell

New York-based Anglo-French pianist and composer Jim Funnell started leading his own trio in his early teens, performing at jazz clubs by the time he was in high school. Dedicating himself to the study of both classical and jazz piano, he was awarded...

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