An important skill for an pianist learning to improvise is to know how to form melodies and harmonize those melodies with various Drop 2 Major chords. If you want you playing to sound "current" then having a solid grasp on Drop 2 Major Chords is Key. In this post we will only discuss how to form Drop2 Chords using the A Major Triad.
In the first video, we learn that the first step to having nice sounding harmonies is to build very easy melodies starting from only 1 note. This step is important because if the one-note melody doesn't sound right or pleasing to use then the accompanying chords will not sound right either.
After we have a great melody we move to harmonizing that melody with only ONE note. This is important and contrary to how many beginning pianist are taught. Normally pianist are taught to play melody with right hand and chords in the left.However, this method results in a very textbook, choppy sound. In addition, In addition, no live performing pianist plays actually plays that way. *Keep in mind we are mostly harmonizing with Drop2 Major Chords for this lesson
Instead of playing a melody with your right hand and chords with your left, discard that thinking altogether. Learn to harmonize a melody using the notes within a Drop 2 chord. The hands should exist as one unit, both complementing each other
After we learn to harmonize with the melody with our left hand it is time to determine what chord Quality you want on each note. The diagram below shows each the chord that is paired with each note in the melody.
In this second video we examine how to form various types of Drop 2 Chords, as well as multiple other ways to voice major chords
Let's see how many ways we can play an A Major Triad (A-C#-E)
A Major Triad
A Major Triad (Drop 2)
A Major Triad (add 2)
A Major Triad (add 2) (Drop 2)
A Major 7th, (Root Position)
A Major 7th, Drop 2 (Root Position)
LH: E-A, RH: C#-G#
A Major 7th, Drop 2 (1st Inversion)
LH: G#-C#, RH: E-A *perfect 4ths makes easy to pull off quickly
A Major 7th, Drop 2 (2nd Inversion)
LH: A-E, RH: G#-C# *closest to root sound
A Major 7th, Drop 2 (3rd Inversion)
LH: C#-G#, RH: A-E *use for dissonance)