A C Chord would not make much music if we were only allowed play the notes 1-3-5 in closed position. A wide variety of musical effects can be realized by the vertical arrangement of notes in a chord.  This is called chord Voicing.

Example #1: Bass note stationary, while right hand chords change shape and the top note moves to create a melody of chord tones…piano-ology-chords-voicing-c-major-triad-example-1

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Example #2: Two notes in each hand like the voices in a four part choir, giving a full, open sound…

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Example #3: Notes spread out in the left hand, providing a gentle harmonic pillow and lots of space over which your right hand might play a beautiful melody…

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Example #4: A big four note chord in the right hand and a low booming octave in the left, perhaps an exclamation point at the end of an heroic classical piece or rousing show tune…

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