Chords and Chord Progressions 101
What you'll learn
- Understand the fundamentals of western music harmony
- Build major, natural minor and harmonic minor scales
- Extract chords out of scales
- Learn about cadences and chord progressions
- Students will need to know the notes of a piano.
Welcome to 'Chords and Chord Progressions 101'!
This course is designed to help beginner pianists and music theorists learn about harmony through a focus towards chords and chord progressions. We start this course series at the most fundamental level, so that an absolute beginner can get started right away.
From understanding the difference between major and minor scales, to extracting chords out of scales to create full chord progressions, this course will help kickstart your understanding of chord progressions. The course works within the keys of C major and C minor, so that you aren't expected to know every scale on the piano to get started. While this later expands in the following courses within this series, we start this course as simple as possible.
The course is designed to help beginner pianists learn enough about the basics of harmony so that they can start to create their own songs, and better understand the harmonic decisions of other composers. All that's needed from the student to get things started is knowledge of the notes on a piano, that's it!
We decided to go with a built-from-the-ground-up approach to accommodate players of all levels. So whether you're new to the concept of harmony and chords, or you want to fill in your knowledge and strengthen your understanding of the basics of harmony, there's room for you in this course.
Who this course is for:
- Beginner piano players and music theorists
Josh Cook is a musician and composer who is proud to call Toronto his home. Here in the city his musical talents have flourished to career highs. While educating himself at York University Josh earned his master’s degree in music composition and performed in a local band called Cool Man Cool. The band's success earned them an opportunity to share the stage with the legendary Pharrell Williams (as N.E.R.D). Josh’s love for the studio blossomed while co-writing and producing Cool Man Cool's first full length studio album.
After Josh's minor success as a performing musician he began to focus on his true passion of digital composition and studio production. Josh has an extensive library of his own music, primarily within the electronic music genre, and he has worked with a number of other musicians including the local indie rock band Simcoe.
Josh’s never-ending creativity is not something he keeps to himself. For the past decade he has been teaching music and passing on his knowledge and skills to budding musicians throughout Toronto and the GTA.
Currently Josh is focusing his talents on a career in composing for film/video. Despite Josh’s love for audio he has always been inspired by the visual arts which provides him with the unique ability to bring images to life with his sonic creations.
Josh is now focusing his attention towards online courses, developing his social media presence, and composing music for media. His philosophy is "The more I learn, the more I teach. The more I teach, the more I learn".