Fingerings and movements

Then you are playing chords on the piano it is important that you use the right fingers. The reason for using a specific fingering are not because the chord couldn’t be played otherwise, but that the movement between different chords should work smoothly.

The usability of inverted chords

A very common practice when playing piano chords is the usage of inverted chords together with the standard ones. Inverted chords are alternative versions of a chord with the tones in different order.

A chord progression could be much more economical concerning the movements by include inverted chords. The pictures below illustrate the advantage of having the whole hand involved and by so having fingers "inside" the chord hand that are directly available then changing to the next chord.

picture of hand playing a chord on piano
C chord with ring and index finger "stand by"

picture of hand playing a chord on piano
Change to G/B with a small movement

picture of hand playing a chord on piano
Change to F/C with a another small movement

The chord sequence in the three pictures above are C - G - F, but with alternative bass notes. By doing this you don’t have to “jump around” as you would otherwise.

See also How to combine piano chords ›