Learn Piano #2 - Play Piano Chords & 19 Piano PRO Ballads

Learn Piano Music Theory & 19 Piano Tips to Play Color Chord Tones: 6, 7, 9, 10 in RH + LH Ballads Variations & Runs
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Learn Piano Level 2 - Learn Intermediate Music Harmony & 19 Fun Piano Ballads to play like a PRO!

  • Do you want an easy method to play 4-tone chords without boring drills & practice?
  • All you need is a little music theory of how to add: 6th, 7th & 9th
  • Learn my 4T6 Handshape weapon to automatically gives you 4 tones in the RH & LH to do beautiful water sounds.
  • Are you stuck with boring LH accompaniment? Learn my 10+ Piano Tips on Ballad variations for the 10th color tone.
  • Is "Quartals" a mystery to you? I have a Bonus Section that will break the secret code for you so that you can start playing Quartal Open Sound immediately!

Here's the Secret: By using a 4T6 Handshape, you can easily put in the 6th, 7th, and 9th color tones. Professional musicians always play Left Hand Ballads beyond an octave to get the 9th and 10th color tones in their accompaniment. That's how you hear the nostalgic mood and the New Age sound just moving the color tones around.

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TWO MAJOR SECTIONS:

Part 1: Music Theory

1. What are color chords?

2. Adding the 'extra' note to Basic Triad - 4 Tone Chord

3. Upper Chord Extensions - 9, 11, 13

4. 4 Tone Chord - C: C6, CM7, CM9, C6/9

5. 4 Tone Chord - F: F6, FM7, FM9, F6/9

6. 4 Tone Chord - G: G7, G9

7. Do Color Chord Substitutions to Basic Chords: C, F, G

8. Apply Color Chord Substitutions to Away In A Manger

9. 10th Color Tone - Use by Left Hand

Part 2: Piano Techniques

1. Piano Tip 1: Secret Handshape 4T6 - RH Plays 4 tones automatically

2. Piano Tip 2: 4T6 Color Tones moving 1 step or 1/2 step

3. Piano Tip 3: Left Hand plays 10th Color Tone

4. Piano Tip 4: Left Hand plays 1 -5- 10 Open 10th Harmony

5. Piano Tip 5: Left Hand Plays Rocking 10

6. Piano Tip 6: Ballad 9 with Thumb Trick stopping at 9

7. Piano Tip 7: Change the Order of 9th & 10th tone to get New Age Sound

8. Piano Tip 8: Use Walking Thumb to play New Age Sound

9. Piano Tip 9: Create Nostalgic Sound - Finger tricks of L3 + L1 playing 9th & 10th

10. Piano Tip 10: Finger Trick L3 to Cross Over to play color tones

11. Piano Tip 11: Finger Trick L3 to Cross Over 2 Octaves

12. Piano Tip 12: Ascending Arp - Use 2 Movement & Move Entire Hand

13. Piano Tip 13: Ballad Hop Filler - The Magic tones of Repeating 3 + 5

14. Piano Tip 14. Use C6 Color Chord to create water sounds

15. Piano Tip 15: Finger Thumb Trick - On Note E Always

16. Piano Tip 16. Waterfall Run - Both Hands play C6

17. Piano Tip 17: Finger Trick & Eye focus

18. Piano Tip 18: Rosa's Insider Tips to Play Quartals Easily

19. Piano Tip 19: Circle Tip to Understand Quartals

This course concentrates on giving you a variety of creative way to put in color tones with your left hand and right hand. You need to learn some finger tricks to know where to concentrate when you create the beautiful colorful sounds.

Have fun playing Away In A Manger in a creative way sounding like a professional with all those color tones!

Have Fun!

Rosa

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What are the requirements?

  • Need to know basic chords
  • Have the basic foundation of Reharmonization Method 1 Level 1

What am I going to get from this course?

  • harmonize a song with color tones
  • play 4 tone chord on the right hand
  • add the 6th color tone to Major chords
  • add the 7th color tone to Major chords
  • add the 9th color tone to Major chords
  • add the 9th color tone to Dominant chords
  • add the 9th color tone on the Left Hand
  • add the 10th color tone on the Right Hand
  • be able to create Quartal open sound easily

What is the target audience?

  • those who want to learn music harmony
  • those who want to play piano in the flow
  • those who want to take their piano playing to the next level
  • those who wish to have a variety of ways to play a song creatively

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to Piano Reharmonization Level 2 - Color Tones
Reharmonization Kit 1 Level 2 - Overview
Preview
04:54
Goal in the Reharmonization Series
Preview
Article
Music Theory 1: Add Color Tones
Preview
Article
Music Theory 2: Chord Extensions of C Chord
Preview
Article
Section 2: C Major Chord - 4 Color Chords: C6, CM7, CM9, C6/9
00:51

C6 - the 6th color tone added:

00:28

CM7 - the 7th color tone added

00:38

CM9 - C Major 9

The 9th Color Tone Added

01:05

C6/9 - 2 Color Tones added: 6 & 9

Section 3: F Major Chord - F Color Chords: F6, FM7, FM9, F6/9
F Chord Color Tones - Piano Keys
Article
00:34

F6 - Adding the 6th color tone - D

00:36

FM7 - the 7th color tone added - E

00:52

FM9 - 2 tones are added - E + G

00:44

F6/9 - 2 color tones: D + G

Section 4: Level 2: Step 1 - Reharmonize C & F Chords with color tones
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Step 1: Reharmonize C & F Chords with color chords


Level 1: C & F Chords are played with triad chords

Level 2: Play C & F Chords with color chords:


For Example:

There are 4 possibilities for C Chords:

1. C6

2. CM7

3. CM9

4. C6/9


How would you notate this on the Lyrics with Chord Chart?


Homework:

1. Download the "Lyrics with Chord Chart" (on your RH 2nd download tab)

2. Write out the possibilities of the color chords that you can play in place of plain C & F Chord


**Try to do this before you peek at the answer in the next lecture**

The thinking process will help you absorb the material better and faster! :)

1 page

As you can see, there are 4 possibilites of color chords that you can put in for each C Chord & F Chord.

Piano Tip: Once you realize these 4 possibilities, you don't need to crack your brain to see how to harmonize the plain C chord. You can use all these 4 possibilites to bring your piano playing to the next level.

**All you are working with are plain triad chords**

**Just add in the 4 possibilities of color tones**

**Play around with these tones and see which one you like**

Please download the pdf & play around the different possbilities.

1 page

For those of you who do not play by ear, you can download the leadsheet and follow along.

Download - On your Right Hand 2nd Tab

01:58

Play the first line C Chord with these 4 color tones:

1. C6

2. CM7

3. CM9

4. C6/9

You can use any of these chords.

They all sound good.

It's a matter of personal preference as to what sounds you like.

This is how you have your own style with your own sounds.

I personally like C6/9

01:18

Play the first line F Chord with these 4 color tones to the 1st line of Away In A Manger:

1. F6

2. FM7

3. FM9

4. F6/9

You can use any of these chords.

They all sound good.

It's a matter of personal preference as to what sounds you like.

This is how you have your own style with your own sounds.

01:09

Adding Color Tones:

The reason why I put so many different color chords on top of the basic chords in the above diagram is to show you that you can choose any of these chords. Experiment and see which sounds you like better.

For C, you can reharmonize the C Chord by substituting any of these 4 color chords: CM7, C6, CM9 or C6/9.

For F, you can reharmonize the F Chord by substituting any of these 4 color chords: FM7, F6, FM9 or F6/9.

Music Smorgasbord:

Now that we have stepped into Level 2 of Reharmonization, there are many chord options for you to choose. It’s like eating in a smorgasbord restaurant. Eat what you like. Reharmonization has to do with Chord Substitutions at different levels and you have lots of options to choose the sounds you like. Choose the substitution chords that you like to hear.

There are no right or wrong answers as to which chord options you decide to choose. It’s a matter of personal taste and style.

However, there are certain harmonization rules you need to learn, so that you know how to apply them easily to your songs. This is what this Reharmonization course is about.

Reharmonization is not difficult to learn.

Learn to FOCUS on the important issues at each level.

Section 5: Level 2: Step 2 - Reharmonize G7 Chord with Color Chords
G9 - add 9th color tone to G7
Article
00:53

01:12

    In this situation, can you see how beautiful the RH moves from the B chord tone of G7 to the A chord tone of G9.

Section 6: Level 2: Step 3 - Do Color Chord Substitutions
Level 2: Step 3 Choose Your Own Color Chord Substitutions to: C, F, G7
Article
A Sample of Color Chord Substitution
1 page
02:46

Listen to the beautiful sounds the color chords create!

A Student's Sample - Color Chord Substitution
1 page
Section 7: Piano Tip 1: Secret Handshape - 4T6 to play 4 tones in the RH
01:26

This Handshape is called 4T6


4 = 4 tones

T = Tones

6 = 6th Handshape


If you put your RH into the 6th Handshape, then your thumb, index finger + 3rd or Ring finger will fall into place to give you the color tones, while the pinkie plays the melody note.


Later on in the Piano Technique section, I will give more instructions for you to play around with this 4T6 Handshape.


The Value of this Handshape:

1. Great for people with small hands and cannot stretch out to an octave in the RH

2. You splash in color tones easily w/o doing any calculation

3. You automatically embellish the RH melody with color harmonizing tones

Use it!

It takes piano students years to play those 4 note chord with inversions, but you are going to get this magic handshape working for you so that you can just splash them in w/o practice! How neat this is!



02:05

Piano Tip 2: Get color tones with 1 whole step or 1/2 step movement

1. 6th tone: 1 whole step above tone 5

2. 9th tone: 1 whole step above tone 1 or tone 8

3. 7th tone: for major chords -- 1/2 step below tone 1

4. 7th tone: for dominant chords - 1 whole step below tone 1


Memorize these easy Piano Tips.

They come in very useful and handy "at the moment" when you play.


Summary of Music Reharmonization Level 2 - Color Tones
Article
01:34

2T6 - 2 Tone 6th Handshape

3T6 - 3 Tone 6th Handshape

4T6 - 4 Tone 6th Handshape

02:18

Let's apply the 4T6 Handshape to Away In A Manger

I go through the song chord by chord with you to show you the color tones that you are getting.

Tip: When you play, you don't need to analyze at all.

The Handshape automatically gives you the color tones.

I analyze with you so that you know how good this handshape is!

01:49

Just Play Along with the 4T6 Handshape and all those color tones will be there!

No need to analyze!

No need to calculate!

Just enjoy the sound!

Section 8: Part B: Left Hand - 10th Color Tone
Piano Tip 3: Left Hand plays the 10th Color Tone
Article
01:07

Piano Tip Technique:

LH Open 10 Harmony

RH: Any variations you learned in Level 1 & Level 2

LH: L5 L3 L1


LH Plays Tones: 1 5 10

Piano Tip: Anchor R3 on the 5th Tone.

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C Chord

Ballad 10

1 - 5 - 10

F Chord

Ballad 10

1 - 5 - 10

G Chord

Ballad 10

1 - 5 - 10

01:25

Piano Tip Technique: Rocking 10 Ballad


Finger Trick: 3rd Finger Always on 5th Tone

Piano Tip: Rock the 5th Tone with Thumb & 3rd Finger

Tones: 1 5 10 5 10 5

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RH: Any variation in Level 1

LH: L5 L3 L1 L3 L1 L3

Tones: 1 5 10 5 10 5

Play Along with Slow Tempo

01:16

Piano Tip Technique: Rocking 10 Ballad

Finger Trick: 3rd Finger Always on 5th Tone

Piano Tip: Rock the 5th Tone with Thumb & 3rd Finger

Tones: 1 5 10 5 10 5


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RH: Any variation in Level 1

LH: L5 L3 L1 L3 L1 L3

Tones: 1 5 10 5 10 5



Play Along with Normal Tempo

Section 9: Part C: Left Hand - 9th & 10th Color Tone
Piano Tip 6: Thumb Trick Stops at 9 - Ballad 9
Article
Ballad 9 - CM9, FM9, G9
01:00
01:13

RH: Any variation in Level 1 & Level 2

LH: L5 L3 L1 L3 L1

Tones: 1 5 10 5 9

01:17

RH: Any variation in Level 1 & Level 2

LH: L5 L3 L1 L3 L1

Tones: 1 5 10 5 9

Section 10: Part D: New Age Sound - Change the Order of 9th & 10th Color Tone
Piano Tip 7: Change the Order of 9th & 10th for New Age Sound
Article
01:03

Thumb Trick:

LH:

L5 L3 L1 L1


Use The LH Thumb to hit both color tones: 9th & 10th

Let your thumb do the 'walking' to produce the DRUM Beat to make that steady New Age sound.


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CM9 Chord - Ballad 9

LH:

L5 L3 L1 L1

Tones: 1 5 9 10

C G D E


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FM9 Chord - Ballad 9

LH:

L5 L3 L1 L1

Tones: 1 5 9 10

F C G A



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G9 Chord - Ballad 9

LH:

L5 L3 L1 L1

Tones: 1 5 9 10

G D A B

01:28

New Age Sound

RH: Any variation in Level 1

LH: L5 L3 L1 L1

Tones: 1 5 9 10

01:16

New Age Sound

RH: Any variation in Level 1

LH: L5 L3 L1 L1

Tones: 1 5 9 10

Section 11: Part E: Create Nostalgic Sound - Rocking 9th & 10th Color Tones
00:51

2 Piano Tips:

1. Rock on the 5th Tone with L3

2. L1 plays color tone 9th & 10th


All you need to know is where the FINGERS play

Think in Tone Numbers.


All Tone Numbers are the same for Different chords.

No need to memorize the notes of each chord - this is accelerated learning.


This is the reason why I only key in the Tone Numbers & Finger Numbers!


01:20

Nostalgic Ballad

RH: Any variation in Level 1 & Level 2

LH: L5 L3 L1 L3 L1 L3

Tones: 1 5 10 5 9 5

Play Along!

01:06

Nostalgic Ballad

RH: Any variation in Level 1 & Level 2

LH: L5 L3 L1 L3 L1 L3

Tones: 1 5 10 5 9 5

Play Along!

Section 12: Part F: Cross Over Ballad with Color Tones: 9 + 10
01:06

L5 L2 L1 L3 L2

Tones: 1 5 8 9 10


Piano Tip: For L3 Finger Cross Over - Use L2 to anchor on the 5th tone

00:59

C Chord

F Chord

G7 Chord

Piano Tip:

You do not need to concentrate on the name of the notes!

Just concentrate on the Fingers + Tone Numbers.

1. L5 L2 L1 L3 L2

2. Tones: 1 5 8 9 10


Piano Tip:

For L3 Finger Cross Over - Use L2 to anchor on the 5th tone

01:16

RH: Any variations from Level 1 & Level 2

LH: L5 L2 L1 L3 L2

Tones: 1 5 8 9 10

01:16

RH: Any variations from Level 1 & Level 2

LH: L5 L2 L1 L3 L2

Tones: 1 5 8 9 10

Section 13: Part G: Cross Over 2 Octaves
Piano Tip 11: Finger Trick - L3 Crosses Over
Article
01:50

C Chord:

1 5 10 12 15 12

C G E G C G

F Chord:

1 5 10 12 15 12

F C A C F C

G7 Chord

1 5 10 12 15 12

G D B D G D

01:09

C Chord:

1 5 10 12 15 12

C G E G C G

F Chord:

1 5 10 12 15 12

F C A C F C

G7 Chord

1 5 10 12 15 12

G D B D G D

Section 14: Part H: Ascending Arp Ballad in 2 Octaves
00:42

Ascending Arp - Play in the Span of 2 Octaves

LH: L5 L3 L5 L3 L2 L1

Tones: 1 5 8 10 12 15


Piano Tip 1: Play the 2 Octaves in 2 Groups

Piano Tip 2: Move the Entire Hand from One Octave to the Next


The first group:

2 tones: 1 + 5


The second group:

4 tones: 8 10 12 15

Piano Tip 3: The 4 tones are the same as: 1 3 5 8

01:07

Ascending Arp in 2 Octaves


RH: Any variation in Level 1 & Level 2

LH: L5 L3 L5 L3 L2 L1

Tones: 1 5 8 10 12 15

Ascending Arp - Away In A Manger in Normal Tempo - Play Along
00:59
Section 15: Part I: Ballad Hop Filler
01:15

RH: Any variation in Level 1

LH: L5 L2 L3 L5 L1 L3

Tones:

1 - 5 - 12 - 10 - 17 - 12

OR

1 - 5 - 5 - 3 - 3 - 5 (easier to read)

You play in 2 Octaves

Take Note of the Repeating 3rd & 5th tone

Section 16: Part J: Two Hands Run To Create Colorful Runs
1. Dancing Water Run - Going Up
00:48
01:23

C6 Chord:

LH: C G

RH: E G A C

01:13

2 Piano Tips:

Tip 1: Right Hand always starts on the E note

Tip 2: Alternate both LH & RH

  • To get the color tones dancing, alternate your LH and RH playing in a flowing manner.
  • Move with your body rhythm.
  • RH focuses on the thumb to start the run on E tone
  • LH moves up with C and G tones.
00:44

Listen to how beautiful the waterfall run comes down.

You can hear the raindrops

Piano Tip: It is the 6th tone that creates that sound on Both Hands

01:25

RH: R1 R2 R3 R5

LH: L1 L2 L3 L5

Piano Tips:

  • Move your fixed 4T6 Handshape.
  • Concentrate only on RH5 (pinkie) starting at C, and L1 (thumb) starting at A.
  • Put your focus on Right Hand pinkie and Left Hand thumb.
  • Just alternate LH & RH in a continuous flow coming down.
00:57

RH: R1 R2 R3 R5

LH: L1 L2 L3 L5

Section 17: Part K: Bonus Section: Quartal
Quartal Harmony vs Tertiary Harmony
Article
Quartal Sounds in C Chord
02:06
Piano Tip 18: Rosa Insider Tips on How To Play Quartals Easily
Article
Quartal Sounds in F Chord
01:51
Quartal Sounds in G7 Chord
01:00
Piano Tip 19: Circle Tip to Understanding Quartal
Article
Step 1 - Apply Quartal Sounds to Away In A Manger
Article
Step 2 - Apply Quartal Sounds to Away In A Manger
Article
Playing Quartals to Away In A Manger
01:31
Section 18: Conclusion & Update
Summary of Level 2 - Music Theory & 19 Piano Tips
Article
End of Course - Write a Review
Article
Section 19: Bonus Section - Resources for Students
Cool Resources for Students
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Rosa Suen, Best Seller Music Teacher, 35 Years Pianist, 25,00+ students

Rosa is the Pastor and Church Pianist for a local community church in Hong Kong for over 30 years. She graduated from University of British Columbia and received her teaching certificate specializing in Chemistry and teaching English as a second language. She taught public schools in Canada for a couple of years and then went on to receive her Master's degree in Christian Theological Ministry at Ontario Theological Seminary in Toronto. She started full time ministry with her husband in 1989 and received intensive Pastoral Counselling and Discipleship Training at Christian Disciples Church. They were ordained to become church ministers as Pastors in 1996 in a local church in Tsuen Wan and have been ministering to this same congregation for almost 20 years now.

Over the years, she has gone on church missions to Mongolia, Sydney, Nepal, India and expedition trips to the Holy Lands: Israel, Greece and Turkey. Wherever she went, she found herself taking up the music ministry and became the church pianist for that church.

Many people at church have asked her to teach them to play piano. As a result of her passion in playing piano, she started developing piano courses initially for church pianists online since 2008. The piano courses are very unique because she was finally willing to share her Unique Piano Method: Color Chord Improvisation Method known as CCI. The CCI method works for all types of music: Gospel, Pop and Standards.

This Piano Method is easy, fun and creative that you learn to play piano not only from music score sheets, but to play chords from fake books and eventually to play by ear. Students all over the world have requested for courses to teach them play standards and popular songs. As a result she developed 3 Great Reharmonization Method courses for them to play from fake books and play by ear. The Dreamy Piano Techniques courses, especially the one on Autumn Leaves is her students favorite. She has a piano website at Learn Piano With Rosa where she continues to offer new courses to her students. She also holds piano workshops for her local students and train church pianists.

With her education and expertise in teaching, her students love her piano courses and found her piano lessons extremely easy and fun to play piano. They are highly motivated to play piano and playing piano had never been more fun and satisfying for them. You can read their testimonies on her website.

She is now an instructor at Udemy. Come and join her hundreds of students to play piano in a fun and creative way.

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