Learn Piano #10 Tritone Chord Substitution with Jazzy Sounds
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Learn piano tips & techniques by inserting tritone chords to Away In A Manger. Add advanced chords in chord progression
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Created by Rosa Suen
Last updated 10/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • CREATE Tritone Chords
  • UNDERSTAND the distinctive feature of Tritones
  • SEE Tritones as #4 or b5
  • USE b5 Trick to find Tritone Chord Sub easily
  • HEAR the beautiful bass lines when Tritone Chord Subs are used
  • KNOW how to do Tritone Chord Subs into Away in a Manger
  • Substitute Db7 to G7
  • Substitute Eb7 for Am7
  • Substitute Gb7 to C7
  • PLAY beautiful bass line movement using Tritone Chord subs
  • IDENTIFY Tritone chords when they move 1/2 a step down
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Learn Piano Level 10 - Learn to use Tritone Chords Substitution into Away In A Manger To give you song a jazzy sound and feel.


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Learn Piano Level 10 is the toughest of all 9 levels.  

Imagine, now that you have learned how to do Chord Substitutions from Level 1 to Level 10, you can arrange a simple song like Away in a Manger with advanced chords and play the song with professional sounds. By reharmonizing the song in these 10 levels, you can reharmonize any simple songs in this way to give them sophisticated professional sounds.

In Level 10, we’ve come to the most dissonant chord in the Key of C:  Tritone chord substitutions.  'Tritone' is the tone that is 3 (tri) whole steps above or below the original dominant 7 Chord.   The most dissonant interval between any two tones is 3 whole steps up or 3 whole steps down.  

When we watch musicians playing a piece of arrangement, they don't need to think too much to create new advanced chords, such as the tritone chords.

Here's the Secret:  Whenever you play the Tritone Chord Substitution, use my trick. Let your fingers move to the b5 of the chord and play the new chord moving to the next chord that is 1/2 step down.

That's it!

That's why they create smooth sounding basslines that mesmerize the audience.

Learn some new tips on how to put in Tritone Chord substitutions into your music arrangement of Away in a Manger.

Tip 1:  Tritone's Unique Interval - Tensed

Tip 2:  Tritones present in Dominant 7 Chords

Tip 3:  Dominant & Respective Tritone Chord Sub share the same 2 tones

Tip 4:  Simple Trick to find Tritone Chord Sub

Tip 5:  Step 1 - Do Db7 Chord Sub to G7

Tip 6:  Step 2 - Do Eb7 Chord Sub to Em7

Tip 7:  Step 3 - Do Gb7 Chord Sub to C7

Tip 8:  Piano Technique 1:  Tritone Chord resolves 1/2 step down

Tip 9:  Piano Technique 2:  Tritone Chord Progression - Beautiful Bass Line

Tip 10:  Piano Technique 3:  Alternate Tritone Chord Progression

Learn how to Insert and Substitute with these new Tritone Chords:

  • bII7
  • bIII7
  • bV7
  • bVI7
  • bVII7

When you know how to apply Tritone Chord substitution into Away In A Manger, you will be able to apply them to any songs.

You are going to learn some beautiul bass line arrangements with Tritone chord subs so that you can use it at the ending of songs.

Instead of playing the normal chord progression of:  Em7   Am7   Dm7   G7     C    

You will learn to play it in 2 possibilities using Tritone Chord Substitutions, creating 1/2 step movement from one chord to another.

1.      Bb7   Am7   Ab7    G7     C   

2.      Em7   Eb7   Dm7     Db7    C


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Curriculum For This Course
Introduction to Learn Piano Level 10
1 Lecture 02:40
Tip 1: Tritone has a unique interval - 3 Whole Tones
2 Lectures 02:44
Tip 2: Tritone is present in the G7 Dominant Chord
3 Lectures 06:37
Activity 1: Find the Tritones in G7

Answer: The 2 Tritones in G7

Tip 3: Why Tritone Chord Substitution works for the Dominant 7 Chord
5 Lectures 08:15

G7 and Db7 Resolve to C

Importance of 3rd & 7th Tones

Chromatic Bass Line Movement in Tritone Chord Sub: ii- bII7- I

Tritone Chord Substitution - Non-Diatonic Chord Movement
Tip 4: A Simple Trick to Find Tritone Chord Substitution
2 Lectures 03:14
b5 Trick

Piano Demo: Db7 substituting for G7
Step 1: Do Db7 Tritone Chord Sub to G7 in Away in a Manger
3 Lectures 03:04
Download Away in a Manger Lead Sheet with Basic Chords

Activity 2: Substitute Db7 to G7 in Away in a Manger

Piano Demo: When to sub Db7 to G7 in Away in a Magner
Step 2: Do Eb7 Tritone Chord Sub to Am7 in Away In a Manger
3 Lectures 03:10
Use b5 Trick to find Tritone CHord for Am7

Activity 3: Substitute Eb7 Tritone Chord to Am7 in Away in a Manger

Step 3: Do Gb7 Trichord Sub to C7 in Away in a Manger
3 Lectures 02:33
What is the Tritone Chord for C7? Use the b5 Chord Trick

Activity 4: Substitute Gb7 Tritone Chord Sub to C7

Piano Demo: Substitute Gb7 for C7
Tip 5: Fun Piano Techniques for Tritone Chords Substitution
3 Lectures 05:22
Piano Demo Technique 1: Tritone Chords Resolve 1/2 Step down

Piano Technique 2: Different Beautiful Bass Line Chord Progressions

Technique 3: Tritone Alternate Chord Sub for 1/2 Step Bass Line
Congratulations & Conclusion
1 Lecture 00:18
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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.

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