Chord Structures For Left Hand

This is applicable in situations where, as a piano/keyboard player, you have a bass player playing alongside with you or you do stride piano technique

Let’s look at chord structures for the left hand using Augmented Triads

An augmented triad has its 5th raised up a half step

Explanation 

C Major Triad — C E G
C Augumented Triad — C E G#
 
This triad could be used on your left hand while the bassist plays the root note. The implication of this is to create passing chords.

What are Passing Chords?

These are simply chords that are played with little or more tension (with notes that are not in the diatonic scale) to take you to your destination chord.
If you were to play a 3-6 progression; the destination is 6.
 
The passing chord could be played on the 3. Therefore passing chord on the 3 to the 6 chord which is the destination chord or target point
 
Ways to Use the Augmented Triads on the left hand having the bass note played by the bass player as well
 
Bass note        LH (Aug triads)
Root                 Maj 3rd above Root
Root                 Min 3rd above Root
Root                 Halfstep above Root
Root                 Whole step behind Root
Root                 Tritone of Root
These are broken down below with a 3-6 chord progression example
Let’s use an excerpt from a 3-6 progression on the key of C
 
1
Bass note               LH              RH
E                            Ab C E       G C E 3
A.                          G B C E      G B D 6
(notice that on the 3 Chord, the Lefthand plays an augmented triad that is a major 3rd above the Bass note E)
 
2
Bass note.               LH                RH
E.                            G B Eb         G C E 3
A.                           G B C E        G B D 6
(notice that on the 3 Chord, the Lefthand plays an augmented triad that is a minor 3rd above the Bass note E)
 
3
Bass note               LH                 RH
E.                            F A Db         G C E 3
A.                           G B C E        G B D 6
(notice that on the 3 Chord, the Lefthand plays an augmented triad that is a half step above the Bass note E)
 
4
Bass note               LH                 RH
E.                           D Gb Bb        G C E 3
A.                          G B C E.         G B D 6
(notice that on the 3 Chord, the Lefthand plays an augmented triad that is a whole step behind the Bass note E)
 
5
Bass note.               LH                 RH
E.                           Bb D Gb        G C E 3
A.                          G B C E          G B D 6
(notice that on the 3 Chord, the Left hand plays an augmented triad that is a tritone away from the Bass note E)
 
Now practice these combinations.
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