Are Guitar Chords and Piano Chords the same?

Exploring the idea of Chord Voicings for guitar, piano and answering the question of whether guitar chords and piano chords are the same thing?

UPDATE:

There’s been some odd questions about this video so wanted to make a few points.

Firstly, yes, this is a question that people are asking. Sometimes I choose a video topic using the YouTube search auto-complete. In this example, if you type “Are guitar chords….” into the search bar, you get the response “… and piano chords the same?” as a prominent result. This means people are searching for it, and that’s why we’re here.

Secondly, yes, I am explaining this fairly simply because, in my opinion, if you’re asking this question you’re likely to be a beginner in terms of chord theory. If you feel like I’ve missed something then feel free to add it to the comments below, that’s what they’re for.

Lastly, no, I don’t feel like I’m providing any misinformation here. At all. Again, if you believe I’m wrong or have missed something crucial please do add it to the comments below.

Anyway, ta 🙂

Chord Theory Brain Teaser

This is a fun, (well, fun for a specific kind of person), exercise which will help familiarise you with chords and scales and how some of the more complex chords can be constructed. Essentially we’re adding a Common Tone to a sequence of chords and seeing how that note affects each chord.

My Favourite Chord: Stacked 5ths

 

Today I’d like to introduce you to my favourite chord of all time. Behold:

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A Gsus2, or a Dsus4?

In my mind this chord could actually be any one of 3, depending on which note you decide to be the root:

  • If the deepest pitch is the root then the middle note is it’s 5th, and the higher note is a 2. That makes the chord a Sus2.
  • If the middle note is the root, that makes the deeper note a 4th; while the higher note is a 5th. So this chord is an Inverted Sus4.
  • If the highest note is the root, then the middle pitch is a 4th, while the lowest pitch is a m7…. Root, 4th, m7th…. I don’t think there’s a name for that chord to be honest…
    EDIT: Having spoken with a musical colleague we came to the conclusion that, you could refer to this chord as Inverted Stacked Fourths. Maybe read-up on Quartal Harmony for more info.

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