Play Piano 15: Improvise You Light Up My Life by Ear Chords
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Play Piano 15: Improvise You Light Up My Life by Ear Chords

Apply 2-5 Power Jazzy chords into the song. Learn to improvise beginning with C Key and escalate to G Key chords by Ear
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Created by Rosa Suen
Last updated 10/2019
English
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  • 21 articles
  • 19 downloadable resources
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What you'll learn
  • IMPROVISE over chord progression with ease
  • DO VOICING to create beautiful bass line movement
  • IDENTIFY basic chord progression to the song
  • DRESS UP the music of a song to make it sound mature
  • CREATE beautiful mood to the song by adding the right chords
  • PLAY 2-5 Power chords at ease with smooth voicing
  • KNOW where the song requires chord change
  • MODULATE from one key to the next with smooth transition
  • PLAY impromptu on chord progression
  • IMPROVE piano playing by understanding chord reharmonization
  • CREATE b9 Jazzy Cocktail sounds easily
Requirements
  • Students need to have some understanding of chords
Description

Play Piano 15:  Play Popular Songs By Ear Using Chord Progression!  Improvise & Put 2-5 Power Chords to "You Light Up My Life"  + WORKBOOKS

I have developed this Amazing 2-5 Power Chord Reharmonization Method to help you gain success to playing your favorite standards.

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 2-5 Power Chords are found in many standards and popular movie themes.  They make rich full sounds that will captivate your audience wanting more.

"You Light Up My Life" is ballad written by Joe Brooks.  The song became the most successful single of the 1970s and set a new hot 100 record for the longest reign at No. 1

In this song "You Light Up My Life", I show you how to take a tune from its basic harmony  ( I  IV  V7 )  to advanced sophisticated chords.  

"You Light Up My Life" is theme song of the Titanic Movie in 1997. The music is written by James Horner, lyrics by Walter Afanaseiff and recorded by Celine Dion. This became Dion's biggest hit and one of the best selling singles of all time.

Here's the Secret Tip to this Song:    There is a change of Key at the bridge to bring the song to a higher intensity.  The song begins like many standards with the 2-5 chords: Dm7 G7. Even though the first section of the song is in the Key of C, C Chord is not even used at all in the arrangement. Em7 is used in place of C for the melodic flow of the song.

We are going to follow a Play by Ear Procedure:

First, we need to establish a harmonic foundation to the song with basic chords so that you understand how complex chords come into play.   You are going to improvise the song with basic chord progression by EAR.

I put in a section on Easy Improvisation.  I show you different ways to improvise around the chord progressions so that you learn "tone motion voice leading".  Even when you don't play the actual melody of the song, you can hear the song in the background when you play the harmonic chord progressions. This is a good ear training program to help you play many standard and pop songs by EAR.

Second, Learn 2-5 Powr Chord Rules & Chord Substitutions to "You Light Up My Life Improvisation". 

In this song, I teach you how to use 2-5 Power chords to reharmonize the song from the harmonic basic chord foundation.  

  • Learn how an easy chord progression of using 2-5 standards chord progressions. 

  •  Learn how to create half-step chromatic movement to create beautiful sounding basslines.  

In the full arrangement, you will be playing the song in Key of G with the following chords: 

  • Dm7

  • G7

  • Em7

  • A7b9

  • G13

  • Bm7b5

  • E7

  • Am

  • Em7b5

  • B7

  • B7b9

  • D7

  • D7b9

  • G7b9

  •  Dm11

  • Dm9

  • E7b9.

Come on in and join us,

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Who this course is for:
  • Students who want to play standards
  • Students who want to play by EAR
  • Students who want to learn advance chord progression
  • Students who want to improvise
Course content
Expand all 79 lectures 01:22:23
+ Introduction to the Course
4 lectures 02:57
Introductory Workbook 1: Understand 2-5 Power Chord Method
00:05
Rosa's 2-5 Power Chord Step by Step Method Manual
00:10
Rosa's DIY 2-5 Power Chord Slide Rule Template
00:32
+ Basic Chords & Sheet Music to "You Light Up My Life"
2 lectures 03:35
Workbook 2 - Lyrics & Improv Sheet Music to "You Light Up My Life"
00:07
Song Demo Chord Progression
03:28
+ Improvisation Skill 1: Improvise on the Basic Harmonic Structure of the song
5 lectures 05:05
Workbook 3 - Fun Activitites
00:18
Unique Features of this Song
00:45
Unique Chords in this Song
02:13
Section A Improvisation with Chords
00:55
+ Improvisation Skill 2: Learn Ballad 9 Fingering Technique
10 lectures 10:02
Lecture 4 Workbook + Fun Activities
00:18
LH Accompaniment: Open 10th Ballad
00:48
The Finger Pattern
00:44
Secondary Dominant Chords Fingering
01:05
LH: Open 10th Ballad
01:06
LH: Open 10th Ballad + RH: first couple of melody tones
01:03
LH Accompaniment: Nostalgic Ballad 9
01:37
The Finger Pattern of Nostalgic Ballad 9
01:04
+ Improvisation Skill 3: Improvise with target tones approach
4 lectures 02:40
Workbook 5 - Fun Activities
00:18
RH improvises on “target chord tones” from below:
00:49
RH improvises on “target chord tones” from above:
00:48
RH improvises on “target chord tones” using repeated notes
00:45
+ Improvisation Skill 4: Put 2-5 Power Chord before Chord I
5 lectures 03:19
Workbook 6 - Fun Activities
00:18
Dm7 G7 CM7
00:42
Line 1 Bar 1&2: Dm7 G7
00:44
Line 2 Bar 1&2: Dm7 G7
00:40
Line 3 Bar 1&2: Dm7 G7
00:55
+ Improvisation Skill 6: Put 2-5 Power Chord before V7
4 lectures 03:36
Workbook 8 - Fun Activities
00:18
Am7 D7 G7
00:41
Line 1 Bar 4 to Line 2 Bar 1 & 2
01:11
Line 2 Bar 4 to Line 3 Bar 1 & 2
01:26
+ Improvisation Skill 7: Put More 2-5 Power Chords in Line 1
4 lectures 02:51
Workbook 9 - Fun Activities
00:18
Line 1 Bar 3 & Bar 4
01:15
Apply Other Chord Substitutions in the empty spots
00:35
Final Chord Chart for Line 1
00:43
+ Improvisation Skill 8: Put More 2-5 Power Chords in Line 2
6 lectures 03:30
Workbook 10 Fun Activities
00:18
Line 2 Bar 1, 2, 3: Bm7b5 E7 Am
00:38
Apply Other Chord Substitutions in the empty spots
00:40
Final Chord Chart for Line 2
00:45
Why the Progression works
00:24