This course is for modern musicians of any genre that want to learn how to increase their chord palate and impress their music friends. If you play only classical music, you probably don't want to take this course. If you play by ear, play charts or lead sheets, or have to improvise, an understanding of chords is vital.
Target audience: Musicians of any age and genre that play modern music
Length and format: 60 minutes of video instruction discussing the chords and playing them at the piano. Worksheets and a summary sheet are also provided.
Chords discussed: This course builds on the Chord Toolbox Part 1 and extends those 4-note chords to 5 to 7 notes by adding color notes.
Instructor: Greg Howlett is a concert pianist and well known, successful educator of musicians around the world.
A quick review of the 5 triads and 10 4-note chords covered in Part I of The Chord Toolbox. Be sure and download the syllabus.
Knowing your major scales is critical to being able to understand complex chords. Here is a quick review.
An explanation of how we number the notes in a scale and how to add notes to a chord by number.
Clarifying 9ths, 11ths, and 13ths. They will never intimidate you again.
Filling in all the gaps. Learn how to identify every possible note in a chord easily.
Explains how to add color notes to triads.
Defining the color notes that belong with major 7th and minor 7th chords.
Defining the color notes that belong with dominant 7th chords.
Defining what color notes are used with diminished chords.
Defining the color notes for major and minor 6ths, suspended dominants, augmented 7ths, and minor major 7ths.
Learn why voicing is so important and some simple rules to help you sound better.
A quick wrap up and a look at what comes next.
Greg Howlett is a concert pianist, writer and arranger of music and a music educator. His diverse professional expertise includes releasing eight CDs, recording two live for-TV concerts that are airing around the world, and producing for many other musicians.
Greg is well known as an educator. He has sold thousands of courses to musicians all over the world in areas of music such as harmony, arranging, and improvisation. He also regularly teaches online classes to musicians (especially pianists).
However, Greg is most known as a producer of music. His earliest release, Timeless Reflections, was a solo piano project that launched his career. He followed up with Reflections on a Journey, an orchestra/piano project collaboration with Steve Mauldin and the world-acclaimed Nashville String Machine. A few years later, he did another orchestra/piano project entitled Portraits of Hope. Since then, he has released four more CDs including a children's project Heirloom in 2014 that generated 100,000 downloads in a month.
Greg recorded his first TV special Live in Charleston in 2010. Recorded in Charleston, SC, it featured Greg with guest musicians including Grammy-winner Andy Leftwich on fiddle. In 2012, he did another TV special in Atlanta, GA that featured forty musicians on stage including an orchestra and band. Both TV specials are widely airing around the world.
Married with four children, Greg lives in Monroe, GA. He spends his time writing music, doing concerts, and producing music for himself and other musicians.