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#48322 - 06/10/10 03:39 PM D7 Close Position????
Bobbi Offline
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Hi. I'm a retiree who's been taking lessons for about a year now. I'm really enjoying it, but at the moment, I'm completely stumped. Hope you can help.

I am playing Shenandoah on Page 71 of Adult Piano Adventures All-in-One Book 2. The instructions say to use root position chords except for the IV chord (c) and V7 chord (d7) which may be played in close position.

I don't know what that means.


#48326 - 06/10/10 07:06 PM Re: D7 Close Position???? [Re: Bobbi]
Jason Offline
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They probably just mean whatever D7 chord is closest to where you are, so if you're playing a root position G Major chord, you'd likely play a first inversion D7 (F#-C-D)
"If we continually try to force a child to do what he is afraid to do, he will become more timid, and will use his brains and energy, not to explore the unknown, but to find ways to avoid the pressures we put on him." (John Holt)

#48327 - 06/10/10 09:08 PM Re: D7 Close Position???? [Re: Jason]
GailS Offline
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Bobbi, as Jason said they are chord inversions.

To get a good understanding of how the course is using them you can review the topic in your lesson book. In your Adult Piano Adventures All-in-One Book 2 go back to pages 10 and 11 and the Close Position chords are explained and written out on the staff. In Unit 5 on pages 52, 53 & 54 chord inversions are explained. You can see that inverting chords create close chords.

For Shenandoah use the C 2nd inversion (G-C-E) and the D7 1st inversion F#-C-D. As it says in the instructions, all other chords can be played as block root position chords.

Edited by GailS (06/10/10 10:58 PM)
Edit Reason: To correct terms.

#48334 - 06/11/10 07:26 AM Re: D7 Close Position???? [Re: GailS]
Bobbi Offline
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Thank you Gail and Jason! The light has gone on!!!! I really appreciate your help.



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