#6 Piano Secret Trick: Rosa's Runs & Fills - Polychord Hands
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Splash in interesting Runs + Fills with Polychords to empty measures! Learn Polychord trick & effortless easy fingering.
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Created by Rosa Suen
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 19 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
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What Will I Learn?
  • CREATE beautiful filler tones
  • USE easy fingering to play runs
  • CONTRAST runs and fills in the empty measures
  • PLAY polychord runs and fills
  • PLAY in octaves with right hand
  • DIP your fingers to create up and down sounds
  • FILL in runs in the long notes
  • KNOW how to put in fills and runs in songs
  • APPLY the same principle of runs and fills to other songs
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  • Have a little knowledge of chords

A Serious Problem that Pianists Face:  How to fill in interesting music to long notes and empty measures.

In a song, we often see a lot of long notes.  These long notes usually take up a few beats creating empty measures.  A lot of students get stuck and do not know how to create interesting fills to make the song come alive.  If we just play the notes as they are for 4 beats, the whole song sounds boring and the music is dead.

As a piano player, you want to learn how to fill up these empty bars with interesting filler in notes. 

Here's the Secret: Create Contrasting Runs & Fills with Color Tones in empty measures

  • create contrasting music to surprise your audience
  • create dancing sounds
  • put in color tones in your runs
  • get your hands moving in a span of octaves
  • learn handshapes to provide these sounds effortlessly
  • learn this handshape to create dancing movement in your runs

In this course, you are going to learn how to put in contrasting runs to create interesting sounds to your piano playing.  

Here's Rosa's Secret Handshape to create Interesting Runs:  

1.  Use Right Hand Octaves to have full sounds

2.  Learn how to use Right Hand Fingers to move up and down

3.  Learn how to use Right Hand Fingers to Dip Sounds

4.  Use Polychord Trick to create color chord sounds.

You will learn the following Runs & Fills for the Empty Measures:

  • Polychord Runs
  • Polychord Dancing Arp
  • 3 Dip 2 Dip - 4TO Fixed Handshape
  • Chromatic Triad Descending Run
  • Double Fillers in a Measure
  • Rolling Wave Going Up
  • Chromatic Tones Running Up
  • Melody Echo with 4TO
  • Polychord cascading waterfall run
  • Whole Tone Scale for G+
  • Tritone Half Step Slide Repeat
  • C6/9 Quartal Ethereal Run

Once you know how to apply to this song, you can apply to your favorite songs.

See you in the course,


Who is the target audience?
  • Students who want to dress up music in empty bars
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Curriculum For This Course
Introduction to the Course: Learn how to fill in empty measures easily
3 Lectures 06:08
Fill # 1 - Polychord Em/C Run Going up
4 Lectures 07:04
Music Theory - PolyChord Em/C Run

Piano Demo: Polychord Em/C Run Going Up

Piano Practice: Slow Motion Em/C Polychord Run

Piano Play Along: Normal Tempo Em/C Polychord Run
Fill #2: RH Polychord Dancing Run Coming Down
3 Lectures 07:10
2 Dip 4 Tone Octave Shape

Piano Practice 2 Dip 4TO Polychord Fingering
Fill #3: Double Fillers in one measure - Up and Down
2 Lectures 03:20
Put in Double Fillers - Combine 2 Techniques

Fill #4: Chromatic Triad Descending Run
5 Lectures 05:54
Fingering for Chromatic Triad Descending Run

Piano Demo: Chromatic Triad Descending Run

Chromatic Triad Descending Run - Fingering

Chromatic Triad Timing – Rhythm: 2 Groups for 2 Beats

Piano Play Along: Chromatic Triad Descending Run
Fill #5: Double Fillers - Up and Descending Run
2 Lectures 03:16
Double Fillers - Up and Descending Run

Piano Demo: Double Fill #5
Fill #6: Double Fillers - Up and Descending Run
2 Lectures 00:54
Double Fills - Up and Down

Piano Demo: Double Fill # 6
Fill #7: Dancing Arp + 3 – 2 Dip Play Along
2 Lectures 03:23
Fill 7 - Dancing Arp and 3-2 Dip

Piano Demo: Fill #7 Dancing Arp and 3-2 Dip
Fill #8: Chromatic Notes Running Up
7 Lectures 06:15
Chromatic Notes Running UP

Piano Demo: Chromatic Notes Running Up

Piano Demo: Left Hand Chromatic Notes Fingering

LH Chromatic Notes Fingering Practice

Piano Play Along LH Chromatic Notes Fingering Practice

G7b9 Chromatic Notes Running Up

Piano Practice: G7b9 Chromatic Notes Running Up
Fill #9: Melody Echo with 4TO
4 Lectures 03:26
Fill #9 Melody Echo with 4TO

Piano Demo Fill #9 - Melody Echo with 4T0​

Melody Echo Practice

Play Along: Melody Echo Practice
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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.