This is the key to quick success. Some things that should be seen in your imagination – one at a time – are:
- chord symbols,
- each chord symbol above the music staff,
- the root in the chord,
- the aural sense, and
- the tactile sense
Do this in every key and gradually add up all the chord notes to the 13th. Visualize pairs of notes as block chords or as sequential half notes. Add more notes and be creative, and you will find that the possibilities are endless. Do this on your instrument or while singing.
The benefit of this exercise is to not only increase the speed of recognizing chords and their notations, but to hone your musical instinct and improvise with more confidence.