Feb 21, 2011

Piano Chord Wheel

This is a tool that I created for my piano students to help them to learn their primary chords.  Here is the printable:


Directions:Print on card-stock, cut out the circles, and then optionally laminate.  Poke holes in the center with a needle, then poke a paper brad through the smaller circle then the larger.  Fold back the edges of the brad and give it a few twists and you're done!

Here is a video to demonstrate it's use:

deltafour1212 commented that a blank wheel for the middle would be helpful in letting students make their own chord progressions.  Here it is!  Note that the dividing line is not perfectly equal- one is slightly bigger to make room for the V7 chord.  Taking the division line out of my original file would have been tricky.  I hope this helps!


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Jedda said...

This is so clever! I'm so impressed!

Tamsyn Spackman said...

Thank you!

deltafour1212 said...

Great Idea!
I was wondering if you could make a blank wheel with just the white keys on it with no writting on it or colored in.
That way someone could make their own progression.

Example: I-IV-V

Thank you


Anonymous said...

thanks =)Honestly I don´t know what is it for =(...nowadays I am taking electric organ lessons but my teacher is really bad.I don´t have the money to take lessons anywhere else because this lesson are like a social help program where you paid a low price.I would love to play the piano but meanwhile I would like to make the best with the sources I have. That is why I am trying to learn about music theory because my teacher explains NOTHING about it.I hope your advices and recomended links help me..THANK U VERY MUCH

Jenny - AKA - frogmama said...

This is terrific! I have two children in piano lessons, and though i somehow managed to get to somewhere in Alfred's L4 book as a teen, these days there is no money for me to take lessons myself. I have long desired to learn to make up the left hand using the guitar notation but using this wheel will give me much more variation than simply making a "power chord". In fact, i think ill have to make myself a sturdier version (did you PLAN this to fit on a CD? It does!) to easily operate it with one hand while i am figuring out the left hand parts. Sure beats the tiny-printed chord chart i have been using! And it is so neat to see (again) just how mathematical music is that it can be applied to such a neat and useful tool such as this! Thanks so much

Tamsyn Spackman said...

Thank you for your feedback, Jenny. It means a lot to me. :) No, I didn't plan it to fit on a CD- that's so cool! I'm excited to try it. The other cool thing I've seen done is to print one half on one color and the other in a different one and they look like flowers. That doesn't change the function, but it is more visually appealing.

Andrew said...

The keys have a weight in them to simulate the resistance associate degree acoustic piano key would have, however it does not embody the hammer-striking system.

Robert F. Crocker said...

I love sitting here listening to my husband play our electric piano. A lot of people think that an electric piano would sound nothing like the real thing, but let me just tell you that the one we have would be any muscians friend as it not only sounds like a real piano, but also real drums, guitar, organ.. etc. Digital Grand Piano

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