Advanced Piano Chords 1: circle of 5ths patterns, etc.
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Advanced Piano Chords 1: circle of 5ths patterns, etc.

... plus 6th chords, 9th chords, 13th chords, and augmented and diminished triads.
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Created by Benedict Westenra
Last updated 11/2018
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  • 84 downloadable resources
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Description

In Piano Chords I showed you different ways of interpreting basic chord symbols like major and minor triads and 7th chords. In Advanced Piano Chords 1 I'm going to show you the easiest ways of thinking about 6th chords, 9th chords, and 13th chords, as well as diminished and augmented triads. But the main thing it covers is 3rds and 7ths on the circle of 5ths. It's hard to describe exactly what that means in words, but if you watch the intro video I demonstrate it. Basically, the circle of 5ths is the most common chord progression in music, and alternating 3rds and 7ths is (usually) the best way of interpreting it. If that sounds complicated that's because it is, a little, but I walk you through it step-by-step so that it's second nature. Alternating 3rds and 7ths on the circle of 5ths is an essential skill for interpreting the “Great American Song Book” (George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, etc.) and it therefore serves as the foundation for jazz piano, as well as having applications in classical, soul, and other styles. (I'm planning an Advanced Piano Chords 2 that covers complex jazz chords like sharp 9ths and flat 13ths, but give you an overview of those at the end of this course.)


What this course is:

- Original. There are a ton of tricks that give you easy ways of thinking about complex chords that I invented to help my one-on-one students and haven’t seen elsewhere. Hopefully these alone will be worth the cost of the course.

- Probably the best of its kind on the circle of 5ths. People are always explaining the circle of 5ths using charts or letters, whereas I think that the best way of explaining it is at the keyboard. Of course, I’ll show you what it looks like on paper, too, but the keyboard will be the primary way of visualising it.

- Very carefully graded. Everything here has been tested on my private students, and if a student found something too difficult I’d find a way of breaking it down into smaller steps. This course is the result of that process.

- Actually slightly better than anything any of my private students got (sorry private students). This is because I refined all of the techniques and arrangements when putting together the curriculum.


What this course isn’t:

- Graphics-heavy. My Read Music FAST! course is 2 hours of video with very detailed graphics. This course is 9 hours of me sitting at the keyboard explaining things. Originally I wanted to put images of the scores above the keyboard, as I did in Piano Chords, but that would mean another 2 weeks of editing that I just don’t have at the moment, and I figured you’d rather have the course now and print out the scores or look at them on another device than have to wait several months to start it. Also, scores aren’t very relevant to a lot of the material and sometimes even a distraction, so I like the simplicity of having nothing but the keyboard - it’s how I play piano (I play everything from memory).

- Perfect. I recorded the course in pieces, over many months, and allowed myself to improvise sections if I wanted to since that makes the videos feel like real lessons. I remember when I was an undergraduate at Cambridge there was a lecturer who read his first lecture from a script, which was really hard to listen to, and then did the rest of his lectures from memory, which was much more engaging. You can always tell when someone’s reciting off a piece for paper or whether they’re actually communicating something, and I’ll always choose the latter, even if it means that I sometimes hesitate or slip up. (I just hope I don’t have a curse word in one of the videos that I forgot to edit out, like I did in Beginner Piano. Oops!) There’s even a surprise appearance from my cat in one of the videos. And a really bad attempt at playing the opening of Chopin’s “Revolutionary” Étude that I didn’t have time to practise.

Course content
Expand all 65 lectures 11:27:52
+ Introduction
1 lecture 13:55

Note: this is the intro video for Advanced Piano Chords 1 and 2! (Part 2 isn't recorded yet.) I cover major and minor 9th chords and jazz extensions at the end of this course, but will go over them in more depth with examples and exercises in the next one.

The "cheat sheet" should be useful throughout this course. Anytime I'm describing what a chord symbol looks like consult the cheat sheet to see what I mean!

I've also attached all the scores to this course in 3 files to save you printing off each one individually in each lecture, if you prefer. I've named them "Examples", "Exercises" and "Solutions", keeping the exercises and solutions separate so you don't see my answers when you're coming up with your own.

Preview 13:55
+ add9 chords
6 lectures 51:32
Exercise: add 9ths to "My Heart Will Go On"
03:43
Solution: "My Heart Will Go On" with 9ths
09:18
add9 arpeggios
10:03
Example: "My Heart Will Go On" with add9 arpeggios
03:57
+ The circle of 5ths bass line
8 lectures 01:24:19
The circle of 5ths bass line
16:58
Exercise: complete the bass line to "Fly Me to the Moon"
08:57
Solution: "Fly Me to the Moon" bass line
11:17
Exercise: complete a 2nd bass line to "Fly Me to the Moon"
02:33
Solution: "Fly Me to the Moon" 2nd bass line
03:04
Which bass line to use?
06:14
Exercise: write a walking bass line to "Fly Me to the Moon" (optional)
10:40
Solution: a walking bass line to "Fly Me to the Moon" (optional)
24:36
+ Adding 3rds and 7ths to the circle of 5ths
10 lectures 02:31:03
Alternating 3rds and 7ths on the circle of 5ths
20:45
Exercise: add 3rds and 7ths to "Autumn Leaves"
11:52
Solution: "Autumn Leaves" with 3rds and 7ths
21:35
Major or minor 3rds and 7ths?
10:42
Exercise: add 3rds and 7ths to "Lullaby of Birdland"
04:05
Solution: "Lullaby of Birdland" with 3rds and 7ths
26:41
Exercise: "All the Things You Are" with 3rds and 7ths
03:48
Solution: "All the Things You Are" with 3rds and 7ths
25:39
Exercise: add 3rds and 7ths to "Satin Doll"
09:49
Solution: "Satin Doll" with 3rds and 7ths
16:07
+ Major ii-V-I's
6 lectures 01:00:20
Major ii-V-I's
12:18
Major ii-V-I's in all keys
15:33
Exercise: add 3rds and 7ths to "How High the Moon"
02:50
Solution: "How High the Moon" with 3rds and 7ths
10:54
Exercise: add 3rds and 7ths to "Have You Met Miss Jones?"
01:47
Solution: "Have You Met Miss Jones?" with 3rds and 7ths
16:58
+ Variants on 3rds and 7ths
6 lectures 52:54
6ths
05:32
6th chords
08:21
Replacing 7ths with 6ths on chord I or i
07:58
Example: "Autumn Leaves" syncopated (optional)
06:37
Example: "Lullaby of Birdland" syncopated (optional)
13:04
10ths instead of 3rds (optional)
11:22
+ Adding 3rds and 7ths at the same time
10 lectures 01:56:21
3rds and 7ths at the same time on the circle of 5ths
10:00

Note: this lecture ends at 4:47 - ignore everything after that! I made a mistake in trimming the video but am in the process of fixing it.

Update, 28 Jun 2017: I've fixed the video. Let me know if there are any problems with the new one!

Example: Schubert's "Wanderer Fantasy"
04:46
Exercise: add 3rds and 7ths at the same time to "Satin Doll"
07:21
Solution: "Satin Doll" with 3rds and 7ths at the same time
15:13
Exercise: add 7ths and 3rds at the same time to "Satin Doll"
01:45
Solution: "Satin Doll" with 7ths and 3rds at the same time
09:50
Example: "Satin Doll" with intro and fills (optional)
14:03
Major ii-V-I's with 3rds and 7ths in all keys
14:14
Exercise: add middle notes to "Over the Rainbow"
07:48
Solution: "Over the Rainbow" with middle notes
31:21
+ Augmented and diminished triads
6 lectures 50:36
Diminished triads
04:59
Diminished 7th chords
17:21
Exercise: complete the diminished 7th chords in "Someone to Watch Over Me"
05:10
Solution: "Someone to Watch Over Me" with diminished 7th chords
03:55
Augmented triads
10:33
Half-diminished 7th chords
08:38
+ Minor ii-V-i's
3 lectures 29:34

Explain why no need to do minor ii-V-i's in all keys.

Minor ii-V-i's
16:06
Exercise: "Yesterdays" with 3rds and 7ths
01:24
Solution: "Yesterdays" with 3rds and 7ths
12:04
+ Chromatic middle parts
3 lectures 30:03
Chromatic middle parts 1: falling root
16:19
Chromatic middle parts 2: sus resolving to a 3rd
04:45
Chromatic middle parts 3: rising 5th
08:59