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Broken Chord Patterns
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 A two-chord practice riff

Here's a useful practice riff made up from the D minor and C broken chord patterns.

Note that you should already have worked through the Finding Inversions modules and the first two Broken Chords pages before tackling this module.

First, watch/listen to the module performance a few times.

Here's the sheet music - BUT, the individual lines are shown in the teaching video which follows, and you will gain more by just copying - it's easy!

Teaching video and notes

  Lines 1 and 2

  • The right hand plays up the D minor broken chord pattern and down the C major pattern, which adjustments to the fingering to make it smooth.
  • The left hand plays the root and fifth of the chord.

  Lines 3 and 4

  • The right continues its up-Dm-down-C broken chord pattern (that's all it ever does), but the left hand plays B flat and A (and their fifths), making Bbmaj7 and Am7 chords.
  • The last left hand 'A' is held to indicate the end of a phrase.

  Lines 5 and 6

  • The left hand goes back to roots D and C - with their fifths, but in a slightly different pattern, and also with a long note 'C' to end the end of a phrase.
  • And repeat!

So you can see this is genuinely 'just a riff to practice your right hand broken chords', and that, equally, 'broken chords are practically music already'.

Broken chord practice is well worth persevering with!

Now go on to Page Four of this series and build a broken
chord riff in a different key and time signature.


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