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About the Complete Keyboard Chord Poster, Laminated Reference Chart
For Keyboard Players at All Levels
The Complete Keyboard Chord Poster shows the fingering positions of every keyboard chord, including the inversions. Players at all levels, from beginner to advanced, can take advantage of this poster’s various features.
• Beginners—The chart shows chord diagrams for the simple, basic chords in all major and minor keys. The poster also includes major scales for each key (left and right margins).
• Intermediate-level players—As you move from left to right across the poster, the chords become progressively more extended. This enables you to learn new, unusual chords and chord inversions at your own pace, without losing track of your progress. Color bands identify the chords in each key. This makes it possible to quickly transpose the chords of a song from the original key to any other key.
• Advanced players—Even expert players usually don’t have all chords in all keys memorized. The right side of the Complete Keyboard Chord Poster shows the fingering positions of extended jazz chords such as 11ths and 13ths, organized so that you can find any chord fingering position in any key at a glance.
How to Read the Chord Diagrams
If you’re unsure of the meaning of any of the numbers and symbols on the Complete Keyboard Chord Poster, refer to this example:
Color Bands, Keys, and Transposing
All chords and chord progressions in the same key are located in the same horizontal color band. For example, all chords in the key of F are located in the orange band; all chords in the key of A-Flat are located in the green band.
Key-specific color bands make it visually easy to transpose the chords from one key to another. Suppose, for example, that the chords of a given song are in the key of D major. The chords are as follows:
D, Bm, F#7, Dm7, and A7.
And suppose you would like to transpose these chords to the key of G major. Here’s how:
• The red horizontal bar contains all the chords in the key of D:
D, G, A7, Bm, Em, F#7, Dm, D6, Dm6, D7, DM7, Dm7, etc.
• The grey horizontal bar contains all the chords in the key of G:
G, C, D7, Em, Am, B7, Gm, G6, Gm6, G7, GM7, Gm7, etc.
• So, wherever any chord appears in the red bar (key of D), just play whichever chord appears in the same column in the grey bar (key of G).
Here's the original chord sequence in the key of D, followed by transposed chords in the key of G:
• Chords in original key (key of D, red bar):
D, Bm, F#7, Dm7, A7
• Chords in transposed key (key of G, grey bar):
G, Em, B7, Gm7, D7
30 Chord Types
The Complete Keyboard Chord Poster shows the root position, first inversion, second inversion, and third inversion for each of 30 chord types in each key. The chords are arranged in logical order across the poster. The simplest chords are on the left side. The jazziest (most extended) chords are on the right side.
Here’s a list of the 30 chord types:
• Suspended 2nd
• Suspended 4th
• Flat 5th
• Minor 6th
• Dominant 7th
• Minor 7th
• Diminished 7th
• Major 7th
• Minor, Major 7th
• Minor 9th
• Flat 9th
• Minor, Flat 9th
• Augmented 9th
• Minor 9/6
• Minor 11th
• Augmented 11th
• Minor, Augmented 11th
• Minor 13th
• 13th, Augmented 11th
• Minor 13th, Augmented 11th
Major and Minor Chord Progressions
On the left side of the Complete Keyboard Chord Poster is a special section called “Principal Chords/Relative Minor.” This section shows the fundamental chord types that comprise the basic major and minor chord progressions in each key. For example, in the key of C, these chords are:
• C Major (I-chord)
• F Major (IV-chord)
• G7 (V7-chord)
• A minor (VIm-chord)
• D minor (IIm-chord)
• E7 (III7-chord)
This section is especially useful when writing songs and working out chord progressions.
For more information on chord progressions and how they work, see Chapter 6 of How Music REALLY Works!, 2nd Edition, available at www.howmusicreallyworks.com.
Notes and Scale Positions
Immediately below each chord diagram on the Complete Keyboard Chord Poster, you will find two rows of letters and numbers. These are the notes and the scale positions of the notes that make up each chord and each inversion.
Major Scales: Fingerboard and Treble Clef Staff Locations
The left and right margins of the poster incorporate keyboard diagrams of all 12 major diatonic scales. Each diagram shows the name of each scale note.
Below each keyboard diagram on the left side is a bass clef staff showing the location of each scale note. Below each keyboard diagram on the right side is a treble clef staff showing the location of each scale note.
Twins: the Complete Keyboard Chord Poster and the Complete Guitar Chord Poster
The Complete Guitar Chord Poster (available at this website) is the twin of the Complete Keyboard Chord Poster. The two charts match each other in content, size, and layout.
The same information is located in the same places on each chart. If you play keyboard but not guitar, or vice-versa, you can learn to play the same chords on the other instrument, using the twin chart.
Product DetailsReference Wall Poster Publisher: Roedy Black Publishing ISBN-13: 978-1-897311-20-2
ISBN-10: 1-897311-20-6 Poster Dimensions: 38.5" x 27" (98 cm x 68 cm) Finish: Laminated, both sides
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Customer Reviews of the Complete Keyboard Chord PosterI teach piano and organ, and I can tell you, these Roedy Black charts are indispensable ... I use them every day in my teaching, and I urge my students to get their own copies.
—K. Maharaj, Detroit, MI
Intervals used to stump me. Thanks to the [Complete Keyboard Chord] chart, I understand how they pertain to the structure of chords ... Altered chords intrigue me, so I'm working my way through them ... This poster is head and shoulders above any other music reference I've come across.
—Chris W. Lawson, Los Angeles, CA
I'm going through my fake books and transposing the chords to keys I can sing with. I'm usually pretty lazy about musical chores like this, but the [Complete Keyboard Chord] chart makes it so easy!
—Clair Wang, Peterborough, ON
I didn't understand much about inversions till I started using the Complete Keyboard Chord Poster.
—Peter Minish, Tulsa, OK
I've paid a lot of money for chord books, and none of them have half the stuff that this chart has.
—Rick G. Fenske, Winnipeg, MB
Although I'm good at reading music, I still find the keyboard poster really useful. I use it to take shortcuts to find and learn the notes to complicated chords. This is a real treasure ... I had no idea that some of these chords were even possible, but to see the structure of them laid out so clear, that's what I find so good about it.
—Sherry Yates, Saskatoon, SK
Never seen anything like it. I used to look up chords at web sites, but that was always a pain. If you don't happen to be in a room with a computer connected to the web, you're screwed. So this chart is practical. It looks great too, by the way.
—B. Kucheran, Madison, WI
I'm not a musician, but when I saw the Keyboard Chord Poster at a friend's place, I thought it was so beautiful and interesting to look at that I bought one for myself and framed it and put it up in the lobby of our motel. It always draws a crowd!
—Betty Sander, Mississauga, ON
I'm playing chords on the piano [that are] way ahead of what I thought I could play, considering I'm just learning ... It's just a wonderful chart. I'm addicted to it. I like seeing the whole layout at once so I never get lost.
—George Wilson, Swindon, England
The 'rainbow' design, it's beautiful. You don't often see something that's both useful and so beautiful.
—N. L. Critchley, Mansfield, OH
The laminated surface works wonders for me and my students. We use it like a blackboard ... It makes teaching [keyboard] less work and more of a pleasure.
—Julia N. Winkler, Brooklyn, NY
My theory teacher has this chord formula wheel gizmo that I've never liked because I couldn't make heads or tails of it ... The [Keyboard Chord Chart] showed me that chords can be intelligible after all.
—David Nakano, Seattle, WA