I'm a very new piano player and I have a little bit of a struggle understanding one thing. I recognize notes on the sheet pretty fast now, but only if they're single notes.
I've learned about chords, I think I understand now how minor, major, 7th and inversions work, but it confuses me a little bit when trying to understand how they're supposed to help me.
Let's take this example of The Scientist by Coldplay:
This first section has Dm7 and to my understanding, it means that all the notes in that section will be from Dm7 chord. When I try to slowly recognize Dm7 on the piano, I just count the steps for now:
- D is root
- F is +3
- A is +5
So Dm is DFA. So Dm7 is DFAC (because it's always the first note minus 1)
Then, I've learned that the left hand is pretty much always the root of the chord (D in this example). And that's alright, it's a pattern and I can easily undestand that, look at the sheet and play it pretty fast. It's really helpful for the left hand, because I don't have to recognize the keys, I can just look at Dm7 and I know these 2 notes in the left hand are D's.
But I don't understand the right hand here. As you can see on the sheet, I should play CFA, so it's some kind of an inversion of DFAC (with D removed).
How the hell should I know what the inversion really is? To be super clear, I don't understand if I should play the right hand:
- By looking at the chord (Dm7) and build some kind of intuition?
- Or just look at the notes and count: Ok so here's C, 3 up is F, 2 up is A and completely ignore the Dm7 information?
I just find this Dm7 information helpful for the left hand, but not so helpful for the right hand. Could you guys explain a little bit of how I should read this properly?