Learn Piano #4 - Predict chord progressions - Circle of 5th

Learn Music Theory & use Circle of 5ths to create 3 Jazzy sounding piano chord progressions & smooth chord voicing
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Published 10/2014 English

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Learn Piano Level 4 - Intermediate Level - Learn Musich Harmony Using Circle of 5ths to Predict Chords & Play by Ear to reharmonize Away In A Manger!

Learn my Piano Techniques & Piano Tips on Smooth Chord Voicing!

  • If ever you want to play by ear, this is the course you must take!
  • You are going to learn how to dynamically use the Circle of 5ths to harmonize a song.
  • Do you ever wonder how jazzy chord progressions are used in popular and standard songs? Find out their secrets in this course!
  • I will show you how to predict chord progressions using the Circle.
  • You will learn how to harmonize Away In A Manger at an advanced level using the 7th Chords in the CIrcle of 5ths.
  • You will learn play smooth chord voicing when using the jazzy chord progression 3-6-2-5-1 for the ending of songs!

Here's the Secret: In this course, I am going to show you something so unique that you will never find in music store, books or on the internet. You are going to create your own DIY Circle of 5ths to learn how to dynamically use the Circle of 5ths. You don't need years of music theory to do beautiful chord progressions at an advanced level.

We will cover the following topics as we apply to the song Away In A Manger:

1. Circle of 5ths Music Theory

2. Using the Circle of 5ths to add in minor7 Chords & Chord substitutions

3. Circle of 5ths Theory 1: 12 Unique Tones

4. Circle of 5ths Theory 2: Identifying Basic Chords - I IV V7

5. Circle of 5ths Theory 3: 7th Chords - ii7, iii7, vi7, V7

6. Circle of 5ths Theory 4: 7 Diatonic Chords at one glance

7. Circle of 5ths Theory 5: Counter clockwise movement to Home Key

8. Circle of 5ths Theory 6: Predict 3 Jazzy sounding chord progressions

9. Circle of 5ths Theory 7: Predict 2 - 5 - 1 chord progression (ii7 V7 I)

10. Circle of 5ths Theory 8: Predict 6 - 2 - 5 - 1 chord progression (vi7 ii7 V7 I)

11. Circle of 5ths Theory 9: Predict 3 - 6 - 2 - 5 - 1 chord progression (iii7 vi7 ii7 V7 I)

12. Listen to the jazzy sounds of these chord progressions

13. Song Application: Away In A Manger

14. Step 1: ii7 V7 I

15. Step 2: vi7 ii7 V7 I

16. Step 3: iii7 vi7 ii7 V7 I

17. Step 4: Combining Level 3 to Level 4

18. Circle Theory 10: Circle of 5ths cannot do all minor 7 chord substitutions

19. Smooth Chord Progression Ending: Em7 to Am7 To Dm7 to G7


Piano Secret Tip 1: DIY Circle of 5ths - Magic Circle to Move

Piano Secret Tip 2: Know WHEN you cannot substitute Em7 for C

Piano Secret Tip 3: 2 Finger Tricks to Smooth Chord Voicing for 3 6 2 5 1 Progression!

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What are the requirements?

  • Understand some basic chords
  • Understand a bit about minor chords
  • It would be best if they have taken Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 of my Reharmonization Method courses

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand how to use the Circle of 5ths
  • Understand how the tones in the CIrcles of 5ths are related to one another
  • How Chords move in the Circle of 5ths
  • How to predict Chord movement in the CIrcle of 5ths
  • How to harmonize the song Away in a manger using CIrcle of 5ths
  • Some Major Chord Theory regarding the CIrcle of 5ths
  • Have fun learning advanced music
  • Make a musical tool - DIY Circle of 5ths

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  • those who love music
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Section 1: Introduction

In Level 4 - we are diving into all 7th chords.

The Circle of 5ths using 7th Chords!


In the next 3 Lectures, I give you a review of each level.


Overview of the Entire Course - Level 4 Reharmonization

First, let's have a short review of Level 1: Basic Chords - I IV V7


Review of Level 2: Adding color tones to Basic Chords: I IV V7


Review of Level 3: Adding in minor triads: ii, iii, vi

Section 2: Circle of 5ths Music Theory
Using the Circle of 5ths to predict chord progressions & Chord Substitutions

The 12 Unique Tones in the Circle correspond to 12 chormatic notes in an octave:

Circle Movement:







F# / Gb

C# / Db

G# / Ab

D# / Eb

A# / Bb



12 Chromatic Notes:

C C# D D# E F F# G G# A A# B

Section 3: Circle of 5ths - Identifying Basic Chords - I, IV, V7

Basic Chords for C Key: C, F, G7

Use Roman Numerals:

Chord C = Chord I

Chord F = Chord IV

Chord G7 = Chord V7


C Key:

Chord I: C

Chord IV: F

Chord V7: G7

Section 4: Circle of 5ths - Seventh Chords - 7th Chords

4 Types of 7th Chords are formed in the C Diatonic Scale:

1. Major 7 (IM7, IVM7)

2. Minor 7 (ii7, iii7, vi7)

3. Dominant 7 (V7)

4. Half Diminished 7


Put in the minor 7 chords in the inner circle:




The minor chords are also side by side with each other.

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Section 5: DIY Rosa's Rotary Circle of 5ths
PIano Secret Tip 1: Fun Part: Make your CIrcle of 5ths Come Alive!
3 Steps to Make Your Magic Circle of 5ths
Samples of Students Circle of 5ths
Part 1: Make the Outer Circle
Part 2: Make the Inner Circle
Part 3: Put the 2 Circles Together
Section 6: Reharmonization Rule #4: Use Circle of 5ths to predict Chord Progressions
Focus of Reharmonization Level 4 - 3 Minor Chord Progressions

When we use the Circle of 5ths, we are dealing with 7th Chords:

Key of C:

V7 - G7

ii7 - Dm7

iii7 - Em7

vi7 - Am7

vii half diminished 7 - B half diminished 7


    12 o clock position: Home Base - Chord I

  1. The Diatonic Chords on the Right Side move counter clockwise to the Home Chord
  2. G7 goes to C
  3. Dm7 goes to G7
  4. Am7 goes to Dm7
  5. Em7 goes to Am7

Chords in the Circle of 5ths move COUNTER CLOCKWISE to the Home Key.


The 3 minor jazzy chord progression in the Circle of 5ths are:

1. Dm7 G7 C

2. Am7 Dm7 G7 C

3. Em7 Am7 Dm7 G7 C

In Roman Numerals, they are:

1. ii7 V7 I

2. vi7 ii7 V7 I

3. iii7 vi7 ii7 V7 I

Section 7: Song Application Step 1: Circle Theory 7: Jazzy Chord Progression: ii7 V7 I

Step 1: Jazzy Chord Progression

3 Different Names to this Chord Progression:

  1. 2 5 1 Chord Progression
  2. ii7 V7 I Chord Progression
  3. C Key: Dm7 G7 C Chord Progression

Listen to the Jazzy Chord Progression Sound - 2-5-1

Take out different song books and you will find this progression everywhere: 2-5-1

ii7 V7 I

All you need to do is to substitute all the V& Chord with ii7 V7.

In the Key of C: Substitute all the G7 Chord with Dm7 G7.


The 2-5-1 is a great ending to the song or to any sections of a song.


Listen to the beautiful jazzy chord progression - 2 - 5 - 1 in the song!

Section 8: Song Application Step 2: Circle Theory 8 Jazzy Chord Progression: vi7 ii7 V7 I

Step 2: Jazzy Chord Progression

3 Different Names to this Chord Progression:

  1. 6 2 5 1 Chord Progression
  2. vi7 ii7 V7 I Chord Progression
  3. C Key: Am7 Dm7 G7 C Chord Progression

The 6 -2 - 5 - 1 chord progression

vi7 ii7 V7 I

Sometimes this chord progression is called a 'turn around' and it fits right into a 2 Bar chord progression.

You can use this progression at different places in a song:

  1. the end of a tune
  2. the end of a section
  3. as a transition to get back to the beginning
  4. as introduction to the song
  5. as an ending tag to a song

In another course, I will cover more about these turn arounds!



It is very easy to predict chord progressions:

Look at the Circle of 5ths and watch the counter clockwise movement.

Just add vi7 in front of ii7 chords.

Listen to how great the progression sounds when it is applied into a song in the next video!


Listen to how beautiful the 6-2-5-1 flows so beautifully in the song!

Section 9: Song Application Step 3: Circle Theory 9 - Chord Progression: iii7 vi7 ii7 I

Step 3: Jazzy Chord Progression

3 Different Names to this Chord Progression:

  1. 3 6 2 5 1 Chord Progression
  2. iii7 vi7 ii7 V7 I Chord Progression
  3. C Key: Em7 Am7 Dm7 G7 C Chord Progression

Listen to how beautiful the sound flows in this progression:

3 - 6 - 2 - 5 - 1

iii7 vi7 ii7 V7 1



Add iii7 in front of vi7 whenever you can.

It always sound good!

Piano Tip Secret 2: Harmony Rule - A situation when Em7 cannot substitute for C

Open any fake books and you will see this jazzy chord progression everywhere:

iii7 vi7 ii7 V7 I

3 - 6 - 2 - 5 - 1

People who play by ear naturally will play these chord progressions into their songs!

Section 10: Song Application Step 4: Combining Level 3 + Level 4

Circle Theory Tip 10:

You need to understand that the Circle of 5ths has limitations when it comes to chord substitutions. This is where Level 3 is very important :)

When we want to reharmonize the song with minor chord substitutions, we need to combine Level 3 and Level 4 to get the most beautiful harmonic sound for the song.

Let's look at our final chord chart:

There are a lot of C's in there - 1st line, 2nd line, and 3rd line.

So if we depend on just the Circle of 5ths to put in minor chords, we discover that it is not enough. Some minor chord substitutions do not use the Circle of 5ths movement. And this is why we need to use the Harmony Rules in Level 3 to finish off this chart.

Watch the video in the next lecture.


After we finish putting in Level 4 minor 7 chord substitutions, it is always good to go back to Level 3 to complete the minor chord substitutions.

Another reason is that chords don't always move according to the Circle of 5ths.

Sometimes chords like to move a third or in stepwise movement.


    You will notice that in the chord progression, I actually have 3 chord progressions with: Em7 Am7 Dm G7.

    ·In real life when I play, I don’t use the same chord progressions in a song.

    ·But this is a ‘teaching course’ and I am teaching you how to apply the Reharmonization Rules at the different levels, so I try to show all the many places where you are able to apply the reharmonization rule.

    ·As you move higher up in the levels with more options, you will have a variety. But you need to first have this basic foundation so that you can apply more advanced chord progressions at higher level.

Section 11: Piano Technique: 3-6-2-5-1 Jazzy Chord Progression Ending

To play smooth voicing in the LH, you need to play inversions of the 7th Chords.

Now you know my secret.

The Secret TRICK:

1. Keep 2 Fingers the Same

2. Move only 2 Fingers


Good smooth voicing - know the 2 common tones as you move from one chord to the next!

Section 12: Conclusion
A Sample Done By My Student
Summary of the Entire Course & pdf Download
End of Course - Write a Review
Section 13: Bonus Section - Resources for Students
Cool Resources for Students

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Instructor Biography

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.

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