Chord Toolbox II - Powerful Extended 5 to 7 Note Chords

A study of the most sophisticated chords in modern harmony.
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  • Lectures 13
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 9/2014 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • A computer or other device to watch the class and a printer to print the worksheets.
  • A piano or other instrument to practice the chords on.
  • A working knowledge of how to read music. Students should be able to read notes off a treble and bass staff.
  • A desire to learn improvisation, especially the cool chords that you hear the top musicians in the world use.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • To teach students to quickly build and recognize the sophisticated chords of modern harmony.

Who is the target audience?

  • Musicians that have at least a cursory understanding of music.

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Section 1: Introduction

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.


Why do we need to sophisticated chords in the first place. Here is why they make a difference.

Section 2: How notes are identified within chords

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.

Section 3: Adding color notes to triads and 4-note chords

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.

Section 4: Wrap-up

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.

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Instructor Biography

Greg Howlett, Concert pianist and educator

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.

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