LESSON 44 The V7 Chord


What you'll learn

Use a different combination of notes to play the V7 chord
The V7 chord uses fingers one, two, and five
The fifth finger has to move down one note for this chord


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  1. I did the V7 Chord on rain come wet me and I loved it. you are the best piano teacher ever . it was hard at first but then I got it thanks Mr Hoffman

  2. Hello Mr. Hoffman,
    My name is Sylvester D’Silva. I have been learning with you since I was 5 years old. I am now at unit 3. I practice every day and I love playing the piano. You are a great teacher! Thank you very much.

    • Hello, Sylvester! I’m very impressed that you practice every day – that is a very important step to becoming a great pianist. And I’m very happy to hear that you love playing! That’s super important, too. We’re very glad to have you learning with us.

    • Thanks for the feedback. We have our songs planned out pretty far, but I’ll put it on the list of possibilities for the future.

  3. Hello, so after i practiced this chord with my left hand and was satisfied i could play it with relative ease, i decided to switch hands and try to do the same chord with my right hand. I found that the switch from the 1 chord to the 5 chord with my right hand was much more awkward. Should i be able to play the chord with both hands or is it primarily for the left hand? Thanks.

    • You’re right that the V7 chord can feel awkward in the right hand. This is due to the fact that the chord uses both finger 4 and finger 5 at the same time, which most people feel are naturally weaker than their other fingers. Is it useful to learn to play the V7 chord in the right hand? Certainly! Even though it is most common in music to play chords in the left hand, part of why we practice is to be prepared for any circumstance, and there certainly are many times when the right hand is required to play chords. I think if you practice it enough times, in a matter of a few days the awkwardness will fade away. I hope this helps!

    • We have a couple of different studios we use to film the lessons, and several of our studios have different colored walls…just to give things some variety. :)

  4. Hi Mr.Hoffman,
    Thank you for your lessons. Is there a way to subscribe to get these material for lower price than buying them separately for each unit. Your way of teaching is fabulous!

  5. Thank you Mr. Hoffman for the wonderful online course. I’ve learnt more from this course than from any other online resource.

    I was trying to do the chords and the melody at the same time, and it’s turning out to be so hard to do! I can do the chords by themselves , OR the melody by itself with ease. But doing both together seems to be near-impossible. Any tips to make it easier?

    • First of all – congratulations on your hard work and great progress! Here are a few things to consider (though, I realize you may be doing some of these already):

      – Practice the chords alone while singing the melody; practice the melody alone by saying the chord name out loud at the right points in the measure while you play.
      – If you have purchased our Complete Materials, listen to the audio files and play along with the practice track, one hand at a time.
      – Play hands together *very slowly* – imagine a turtle crawling through honey if that helps! :) Once you can play it perfectly that way, increase the speed a tiny bit and try again…and again. Each time, only slightly increase your speed once you’ve mastered it more slowly first. Eventually you will find yourself “up to tempo” – at normal speed – playing it just right!
      – Be patient with yourself. Learning to play two different things at once is difficult and may take some time to get used to. It’s amazing to think about all the growing going on in your brain when you’re mastering a new skill like this. If you keep working at it, I know you will improve. It’s going to be a great feeling when you’re playing hands together!

      I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing. – Mr. Hoffman

  6. Why are there two chords played in the last measure of the top line of Dinah. The V7 is played followed quickly by the I chord. I thought only one chord was played per measure. Thanks!

    • Great question. There is no rule about how many chords can be played per measure; the only requirement is that the number of counts adds up correctly to the number of beats per measure, according to the song’s time signature. – Mr. Hoffman

  7. As far as I remember it was written a D7 where you said this time that is V7..
    I don’t understand it..Can you please explain?

    • Good question. It’s basically 2 names for the same thing. In the key of G (Dinah is in the key of G), D7 is the V7 chord. – Mr. Hoffman

        • Sure! First of all, remember that the “V” in the V7 chord isn’t a letter, but a Roman numeral, so it really means the five-seven chord. In the key of G, that means the notes D, F#, A, and C (I’ll explain more about why chords have the names they do in a later lesson–it’s a bit technical). To make it easier to play in this lesson, we put the D on top, and we leave out the A, so the notes are F#, C, and D.

          We’ll get more into the nitty gritty of chords as we progress, but I have found that most students learn better later if small pieces of those concepts are introduced in the beginning lessons. I’m sorry if it was confusing. Feel free to contact me at Support@HoffmanAcademy.com if you have further questions. – Mr. Hoffman

    • Switching between chords can be tricky at first, so don’t try to do it fast right away. Start very, very slowly (pretend you’re in slow motion or under a magic slowness spell!) and work on it until you can do it perfectly. Then turn up the speed just a notch until it’s perfected again. You can make huge improvements if you take the time to start slow and practice this way. I hope that helps! – Mr. Hoffman

    • Yes, chords can be very tricky! Just keep practicing, and eventually it will start to feel easy–I promise! Also, it’s OK to move on to more lessons and come back and try it again later, too. Thanks for watching!

    • No, although the chords are similar. Gsus4 has these pitches: G, C, and D. The V7 in G major (which is also called D7) has these pitches: F-sharp, C, and D (and often A, too, but in this lesson we omit the A ).

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