#12 Play Piano Trick: Play Off-Beat - EZ Swing & Syncopate
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#12 Play Piano Trick: Play Off-Beat - EZ Swing & Syncopate

Learn to play with freedom with jazzy syncopated sounds by swinging the melody tones to "Jingle Bell Rock". Practice!
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Created by Rosa Suen
Last updated 8/2017
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • CHANGE the rhythm of song to make it sound jazzy
  • SWING the beat
  • DIFFERENTIATE straight rhythm vs swing rhythm
  • JAZZ up the song changing the rhythm
  • SYNCOPATE the melody tones
  • CRUSH the notes
  • PRACTICE syncopated notes to "Jingle Bell Rock"
  • APPLY same principle to other songs
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  • Have a little knowledge of chords

This course is for piano players who want to splash in off-beat music!  Spice up your playing with jazzy rhythm!

Here is the Secret:  Change the melody tones by swinging & with syncopation

Many students find it difficult to change the rhythm of a song. The reason is that we are too concerned following music score and we want to play all the specific tones on even rhythm. 

In this course, you are going to find that by changing the melody tones:

1.  Swing the melody tones

2.  Syncopate the melody tones

3.  Learn to play on the 'off-beat'

We will use the song "Jingle Bell Rock"  line by line so that you have lots of practice!

  • know your target tones
  • swing the melody tones
  • play a note a bit longer than the next one
  • swing with your fingers
  • dance with your fingers
  • sing along
  • play with some exaggeration to create different rhythm
  • relax your fingers
  • loosen up to play with freedom
  • listen to the off-beat place
  • V7 Fillers

Bonus Video: Use Contrary motion to create a FINALE Ending!

Once you know how to apply this to "Jingle Bell Rock", you will be able to apply the same principles to other songs.



Who is the target audience?
  • Students who want to play syncopated rhythm
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Curriculum For This Course
1 Lecture 01:52
#1 Change the Rhythm to make it sound Jazzy - Swing the Melody
2 Lectures 01:54
How to make the Melody Swing from Even Rhythm

#2 Section A: Make Jazzy Rhythm by Swinging the Melody tones
7 Lectures 13:07
Download the Music Score of "Jingle Bell Rock" for Reference

Piano Demo: Section 1 Swing It!

Piano Practice: Section 1 Swing It!
#3 Section B: Make Jazzy Rhythm by Swinging the Bridge
2 Lectures 04:52
Piano Demo: Swing the Bridge - Section B

Piano Play Practice: Swing the Bridge
#4 Section A": Make Jazzy Rhythm by Swinging the Melody Tones
3 Lectures 09:27
Piano Demo: Swing the Melody Tones - Section A"

Piano Play Practice: Right Hand Melody Line 7 to 9

Piano Play Practice: Swing the Melody tones in Line 7 to 9
#5 Create Syncopated Rhythmic Notes to make song Jazzy
10 Lectures 20:38
Piano Tips to Turn Melody Tones to Syncopated Rhythmic Notes

Piano Demo: Listen to Syncopated Rhythmic Tones

Piano Demo: Turn Line 1 & Line 2 with Syncopated Rhythm

Piano Play Along: Line 1 & Line 2 Syncopated Notes

Piano Demo: Turn Line 3 & Line 4 with Syncopated Rhythm

Piano Play Along: Line 3 & Line 4 Syncopated Notes

Piano Demo: Turn Line 5 & Line 6 with Syncopated Rhythm

Piano Play Along: Line 5 * Line 6 Syncopated Notes

Piano Demo: Turn Line 7 to 9 with Syncopated Rhythm

Piano Play Along: Line 7 to 9 Syncopated Notes
#6 Bonus: Introduction & Crushed Notes
2 Lectures 01:18
How To do Crushed Notes

Piano Demo: Introduction + Crush Notes
#7 Final Grand Ending - 1 V7 1
2 Lectures 03:29
Piano Demo: Final Ending 1 V7 1

Piano Play Along: Final Ending 1 V7 !
Congratulations & Conclusion
1 Lecture 00:26
Cool Resources for Students
About the Instructor
Rosa Suen
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Best Seller Music Teacher, 35 Years Pianist, 25,00+ students

Rosa is the Pastor and Church Pianist for a local community church in Hong Kong for over 30 years. She graduated from University of British Columbia and received her teaching certificate specializing in Chemistry and teaching English as a second language. She taught public schools in Canada for a couple of years and then went on to receive her Master's degree in Christian Theological Ministry at Ontario Theological Seminary in Toronto. She started full time ministry with her husband in 1989 and received intensive Pastoral Counselling and Discipleship Training at Christian Disciples Church. They were ordained to become church ministers as Pastors in 1996 in a local church in Tsuen Wan and have been ministering to this same congregation for almost 20 years now.

Over the years, she has gone on church missions to Mongolia, Sydney, Nepal, India and expedition trips to the Holy Lands: Israel, Greece and Turkey. Wherever she went, she found herself taking up the music ministry and became the church pianist for that church.

Many people at church have asked her to teach them to play piano. As a result of her passion in playing piano, she started developing piano courses initially for church pianists online since 2008. The piano courses are very unique because she was finally willing to share her Unique Piano Method: Color Chord Improvisation Method known as CCI. The CCI method works for all types of music: Gospel, Pop and Standards.

This Piano Method is easy, fun and creative that you learn to play piano not only from music score sheets, but to play chords from fake books and eventually to play by ear. Students all over the world have requested for courses to teach them play standards and popular songs. As a result she developed 3 Great Reharmonization Method courses for them to play from fake books and play by ear. The Dreamy Piano Techniques courses, especially the one on Autumn Leaves is her students favorite. She has a piano website at Learn Piano With Rosa where she continues to offer new courses to her students. She also holds piano workshops for her local students and train church pianists.

With her education and expertise in teaching, her students love her piano courses and found her piano lessons extremely easy and fun to play piano. They are highly motivated to play piano and playing piano had never been more fun and satisfying for them. You can read their testimonies on her website.

She is now an instructor at Udemy. Come and join her hundreds of students to play piano in a fun and creative way.