Using the I, IV, V, and V7 chords Explanation


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  • Tyrone says:

    does the fingering change when doing the hanon exercises..if so.. what would the fingering be when i leave from c to go to c#? and so on?

    • sean says:

      I think for most keys the fingering will remain the same. If there is a key that seems weird to you, let me know.

  • Teresa C. says:

    Thanks. This is really good. I was taught to play the 1-4-5 progression by my very first teacher. She did not include the V7, this video has helped me to learn the key change and get better at dominants. Thanks.

    My academic brain kicked in with this. Memorizing is hard for me, I need to know why, so I had to figure out V7 chord for each and needed to see how it was constructed. (I am a beginner)

    Question: I noticed that in the right hand you left out the dominant note and played it in the right hand. I know that it is also the 4th of the key, but it makes more sense to me to say its moving the dominant note to the left hand. Am I understanding that right? and Is this always true?

    I also noticed the pattern in the left hand that is walking down. Am I also right in that observation? Just want to make sure my understanding is on track.

    • sean says:

      Hey Teresa, thanks for checking in!!!! SO I assume you are talking about the chord I play on the “5” right? This chord plays the 1st and 7th note with the left hand, but the 3rd note of the dominant chord is being played with the right hand in all of the 5 chords. Not sure if I am answering your question, so let me know

  • Teresa C. says:

    Yes, this is clear. I confused the 7th note. I thought the 7th note defined the chord as dominant, but found out the 5th chord is the dominant chord in scale. Thanks.

  • Silver Sargent says:

    Thanks for the refresher, I’m in my early 70s and so Blessed to be able to still play a little, now I can practice a lot. God bless you young & gifted man.

  • Larry Cloud says:

    Sean I’m amazed right now I was taught this by someone years ago and I’ve practicing this exercise for years. Not realizing that, just as you stated that it was so importance playing a song. I’m really tripping out as I applied just that to How Great is Our God. The song I played for you during our one on one session. Thank you for helping me to “wax on wax off” so to speak lol. Because I’ve always known of this but never knew how to apply it.

  • Marcus Acree says:

    This the first lesson i had to pause rewind pause rewind again and again until i had and understanding of what’s going on, i didn’t wanna write anything down because Its embedded in my head, i have to skim one more time at the video because i forgot whats exact name of that leading into the next major scale note


    I love this! Always still struggled with making key changes using that V7 to the I. Thank you!

  • Aramis Ortiz says:

    Sean Iam Lost as a Goose in a fog because when I look at a Chord (example) in the Key of Db (half step up from C) I’m thinking Root Position Db F Ab or Ab Db F an I usually add the Ab so my Question to you is the following : in regards to the Dominant Chords is the the Dominant Chord the One the Four or the Five . This is the Consequences of me being Self taught and trying to Cut corners for many years and it’s like Starting over (again) very frustrating but I know I can get this right because at least i have a Basic Foundation Example: C# is Db D# is Eb F# is Gb. G# is Ab A# is Bb Cb is B E# is F and so on so I will do my best:

    • sean says:

      I understand, but your question is not in context to what this exercise is showing. This lesson is not teaching dominant chords at all, it is only showing you to memorize the 1, 4, and 5 chords in every key

  • Eduardo preza Preza says:

    If the roadmap said i have to learn this in as many keys as I can, do I have to do the whole thing until its muscle memory? and to the point where I dont have to think about it to move on in the roadmap?

  • Roeshell Robinson says:

    Sean this is a good lesson. I’m going to try this just as you showed it. I would like to try this in 1st inversion at some point but I’m going to start with what you have in the video. Good information here!

  • Arthur Jackson says:

    Wow!!! Something so simple but useful! These are the types of drills I knew to practice years ago. Thank you Sean!

  • Thapelo Dludlu says:

    Enjoyed this exercise, it uses dominant chords before starting the new key and we all know how powerful dominant chords are later on when we play songs

  • Kenneth Landry says:

    Essentially This is simply the 4/5 with the five major play in its root position dropping your thumb a whole step. So for key change of “Eb” it’s a Bb or key (5) played in root position such as (Bb, D,F) thumb drop whole step so that it is now (Ab,D,F) push the Ab to the left hand leaving (D,F) now add the 5 on top (D,F,Bb) with 5&4 played in left hand.

  • Kevin Lampton says:

    I’m keeping up !

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