Piano: The Chord Based System - Learn To Play As The Pros Do
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Piano: The Chord Based System - Learn To Play As The Pros Do

Learn to play piano using beautiful-sounding, embellished chords. Quick & easy from a pro with 40+ years entertaining.
4.4 (100 ratings)
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1,012 students enrolled
Created by Stan Prentice
Last updated 1/2020
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 8 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Name the notes on the piano keyboard, including all naturals, sharps and flats.
  • Understand the relationship of the steps of the musical scale to form chords on the piano.
  • Play any major, minor and seventh chord on the piano.
  • Play on the piano with both hands in an effective way to accompany a singer or another instrument.
  • Play the common chords that make up most songs in the popular, rock, folk, blues genres.
  • Move from one chord to another easily and quickly using inversions.
  • Play from popular piano sheet music.
  • Play extended chords with a bigger and richer sound than the simple, basic three note chords.
  • Play embellishments, such as fills and arpeggios to make your playing more impressive.
  • Put all the elements together to be competant at playing popular music on the piano.
  • Students will need a keyboard with more than two octaves (24 keys.)
  • It is helpful, though not necessary to be able to read the Treble Clef.


                    This course is designed to teach you to play piano using chords, even if you can't read music. I show you exactly how professional piano players do it; why they don't bother with reading sheet music, and yet are able to play any song easily and quickly, sounding as if they have practiced the song for weeks. 

  See the simple tricks that I have used as a full-time pianist and keyboardist for the past 40+ years. 

  Master chord-based Popular Style Piano in a matter of hours

                    Whether you want to play just for fun, play for friends, at parties, or become a professional, this course will give you information to help you achieve your goals. You will: 

  • Learn to use the piano as an accompaniment instrument

  • Learn how to build major chords easily in any key

  • Learn how to create a minor or dominant 7th chord

  • Learn augmented, diminished, suspended and major 7th chords 

  • Learn how to play easily with both hands

  • Find out how to read chords from sheet music without reading the notes

  • Learn in two hours what takes years for most

  • Discover the secrets to turn simple, basic chords into beautiful, full-sounding Jazz, Rock, and Gospel chords.


  Learn quickly and efficiently how to sound skilled on the piano

      If you want to make beautiful music on the piano without years of grueling, expensive lessons, this is the course you want. 

  I do not teach note-reading in this course. If your goal is to play Beethoven, Bach, or other classical music, this course is not for you. It is a course in popular piano playing. 

      I spent years taking weekly lessons as a child, studying music in school and college – but when I became a full-time, professional piano player 45 years ago, I discovered that most of what I learned did not apply to what I was trying to do. I wanted to play popular music in night clubs, cabarets, casinos and show rooms. I learned more from working with other professional musicians than I ever did from teachers, either privately or in school. 

      What I show you in this course are the things that I learned to make music easy, effective and fun. It's how the pros play. 

  In addition, you have an unconditional,no questions asked, 30 day, money-back guarantee. Nothing at risk! 

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for people who would like to play Popular Style Piano without having to learn to read music, note-for-note. Whether you have little or no musical training, this course will bring you up to speed, and give you the skills to sound like a professional piano layer.
  • This course is probably not for you if you are accomplished at playing basic accompaniment on the piano, and already know how to form all major, minor, and dominant 7th chords using both hands.
Course content
Expand all 39 lectures 02:36:25
+ Keyboard Tour
4 lectures 08:52

In this lecture you will learn to identify the names of the white keys on the piano keyboard.

The Names of the Notes on the Piano
The Notes On The Piano Keyboard
1 page

In this lecture you will learn the names of the black keys on the piano.

Sharps and Flats
Names of Sharps and Flats
1 page
+ Note Relationships
5 lectures 15:03

In this lecture you will learn about scale steps, how they work, and the difference between note names and scale steps.

Scale Steps
Scale Steps On The Piano
1 page
The Twelve Tones
Building A Major Scale
1 page
+ Building Chords
7 lectures 15:55

In this lecture you will learn the most effective hand position for playing chords and maneuvering over the piano keyboard.

Hand Position
Minor Triads
Augmented Chords
Diminished Chords
Suspended Chords
Section 4 Review
1 page
+ Adding The Left Hand
3 lectures 10:54
Left Hand With Major Chord
Left Hand with All Major Chords
The Left Hand with Minor Chords
+ Inversions (Move easily from one chord to another.)
3 lectures 08:49
First Inversion
Second Inversion
Minor Inversions
+ Rhythm
1 lecture 02:55
Straight Rhythm Vs. Swing Rhythm
+ Extended Chords
8 lectures 24:38
The 9th Chord
The 7/6 Chord
The 7/6 Chord Graphic
1 page
The 6/9 Chord
The 6/9 Chord Graphic
1 page
The Flat 10 Chord
The flat 10 Chord Graphic
1 page
+ Section 9 - Playing a song
7 lectures 54:08

In this lecture we will apply the chords and techniques we've learned to playing a popular song.

Preview 02:53

In this lecture we will discuss the left hand in Chord Style Piano.

Adding The Left Hand

Further discussion of left hand technique.

Left Hand Technique

In this lecture we will see how the right hand can play both melody and chords, while the left hand is playing a bass line.

Melody Over Chords

In this lecture we learned to fill up the empty spaces in the music with embellishments.

Fills - Embellishing the melody

In this lecture you will learn to add arpeggios with your right hand, while your left hand continues playing a bass line.

One-handed Arpeggios

In this final lecture, we wrap it all up and thank you for being a part of this course.

Final Thoughts and Thank You