#13 Play Piano Trick: Rosa's Half Step Slides to Syncopate
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Learn how to create easy jazzy syncopated sounds into songs. Use Chromatic half step movement either slide down or up
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Created by Rosa Suen
Last updated 9/2017
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 7 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
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  • Certificate of Completion

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What Will I Learn?
  • SPOT target tones
  • CREATE half step slide
  • PLAY approach note
  • CREATE Tritone Bass Slide
  • Do Same note rhythm
  • PLAY chromatic tones
  • MOVE half step from below
  • MOVE up and down with half steps
  • APPLY same principle to other songs
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  • Have a little knowledge of chords

In this course, you will learn how to turn a simple song to jazzy rhythm by SYNCOPATING the notes to the Cradle Traditional Song.

Here's Rosa's Secret:  Use Half Step Slides

  • using this technique creates fun sounds
  • using this technique creates syncopated sounds
  • using this technique makes the sound rhythmic
  • you can do them anywhere in songs EFFORTLESSLY

I will show you how to create syncopated notes with using half step slides!

1. Chromatic Approach Note – Short & Quick 

2. Jazzy Chromatic Approach Note  

3. Approach on same note first 

4. Spot the Target Notes

5. Half Step Slide - Chromatic Approach from above 

6. Half Step Up - Chromatic Approach from below 

7. Mix:  Half Step Slide & Half Step Up 

8. Approach Note + Rolling Waves 

Once you know how to apply this to the Cradle Song, you will be able to apply the same principles to your favorite songs.

Create these chromatic and half step slides easily so that you can add extra rhythm to a simple song and jazz up the music.



Who is the target audience?
  • Students who want to play by ear
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Curriculum For This Course
1 Lecture 01:52
Half Step Slide - Chromatic Movement
3 Lectures 01:52
Piano Tip: Approach Half Step Slide - Short & Quick

Song Sheet: Cradle Song of Away in A Manger

Piano Tip: Why Slide Tone Sounds Jazzy - Using Tritone Bass
2 Lectures 02:26
Piano Tip 2: Jazzy Tritone Bass Slide

Step 1: Master Same Note Approach First
5 Lectures 17:36
Step 2: Rosa's Secret Jazzy Tip: Think in Half Step Slide Quickly
4 Lectures 15:39
Piano Tip: Chromatic Half Step coming down as syncopated note

Piano Demo: THINK in HALF Step Slide to get that Jazzy syncopated note

Play Along: Slow Motion - Half Step Slide to Song

Play Along: Normal Tempo - Half Step Slide to Song
Step 3: Half Step Up: Chromatic Movement from below
4 Lectures 09:01
Piano Tip: Chromatic Half Step Movement from below

Piano Demo: Move from half step from below

Piano Demo: Jazzy Chromatic Movement up in Song

Play Along: Jazzy Chromatic Movement up in Song
Step 4: Mix and Vary Jazzy Sounds - Up or Down
3 Lectures 10:03
Piano Demo: Create Jazzy syncopated notes - up or down

Piano Demo: Watch how to vary up or down easily

Piano Play Along: Jazzy Chromatic Movement up or down
Congratulations & Conclusion
1 Lecture 00:26
Cool Resources for Students
About the Instructor
Rosa Suen
4.7 Average rating
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25,728 Students
92 Courses
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.