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Learn Piano Level 7 - Learn to reharmonize a song with Diminished 7 Chords
Do you want your piano playing to sound more like a professional?
You need to learn how to put in Diminished 7 Chords into your songs. They create great sounding bass lines whereby you move your chords chromatically either upward or downward in a chord progression.
Many students are scared of the Diminished 7 Chords because they find them very difficult to play. How can we turn something complex to easy thinking?
Here's the Secret: Do not use the standard chord formula (1 b3 b5 bb7) when you play the diminished 7 Chords. Use the simple formula: 1 b3 b5 6 whereby the 4 tones are each 3 semi tones apart.
Once your thinking is clear in this matter, you will be able to put in diminished 7 Chords easily into songs.
Here are some of the topics we will cover in this course:
1. Understanding Diminished 7 Chords - Chord Fromula
2. Familiarize Yourself to the Sounds of Diminished 7 Chords
3. C#dim7 Substituting A7b9 in Chord Progression
4. Step 1: Away in a Manger - Use C#dim7 Chord Sub
5. Step 2: Away in a Manger - Use Chord Insert - Ebdim7
6. Step 3: Away in a Manger - Use Chord Insert - F#dim7
7. Step 4: Away in a Manger - Use Chord Insert - D#dim7
8. Summary: 4 Kinds of Diminished 7 Chords in C Key
Learn these FUN Piano Techniques using Chromatic Movement
1. Right Hand Fingering for Chromatic Scales
2. Left Hand Fingering for Chromatic Scales
3. Right Hand Chromatic Runs in 2 Octaves - Intro or Ending
4. Left Hand Chromatic Runs in 2 Octaves - Intro or Ending
5. Right Hand Chromatic Fill in - for ONE Beat
6. Right Hand Scale Run in Long tones between melody tones
7. Left Hand Chromatic tone movement between Chords
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|Section 1: Introduction to the Course|
Introduction & Overview of the CoursePreview
|Section 2: Summary of Level 1 to Level 7 in Reharmonization Music Theory|
Overall Summary of the 7 Levels of ReharmonizationPreview
Away In A Manger - Score Sheet
Away in a Manger - pdf score sheet
Away in a Manger - Chord Chart
Level 1 Chord Chart - C F G7
Level 2 Chord Chart - Color Chords - C6, CM7, CM9, C6/9, FM7, FM9, G7, G9
Level 3 Chord Chart - Minor Chords - Am, Em, Dm
Level 4 Chord Chart - Circle of 5ths Chord Prediction - Em7 Am7 Dm7 G7 C
Level 5 Chord Chart - Secondary Dominant Chords - C7, A7, D7
Level 6 Chord Chart - Altered Dominant Chords - b9 Cocktail Sounds
Level 7 Chord Chart - Diminished 7 Chords - Ebdim7, D#dim7, C#dim7, F#dim7Preview
|Section 3: Understanding Diminished 7 Chords - Chord Formula|
Diminished 7 Chord Formula: 1 b3 b5 bb7Preview
Diminished 7 Chord Formula: 1 b3 b5 6Preview
Figure out all 12 Diminished 7 Chords: 1 b3 b5 6
Fun Activity 1: Color the 12 Diminished 7 Chords
Answer to the Fun Activity 1: 12 Diminished 7 Chords
|Section 4: Familiarize Yourself to the Sounds of Diminished 7 Chords|
Sounds of Twelve Diminished 7 Chords
Right Fingering for the Twelve Diminished 7 Chords on the piano- R1 R2 R3 R5
Twelve Diminished 7 Chords - R1 R2 R3 R5
|Section 5: C#dim7 substituting for A7b9 in a Chord Progression: 1 VIb9 ii7 V7|
Understanding Chord Progression: C - A7b9 - Dm7 - G7
C#dim7 is the upper structure of A7b9
Piano Demo: C#dim7 is the upper structure of A7b9
Diminished 7 Chord can replace VI7b9 in any Key
Fun Activity 2: What is the Roman Numeral for C#dim7 Chord?
Fun Activity 2: Put your answer in the discussion board
Answer to Fun Activity 2: Roman Numeral Notation for C#dim7
Diminished 7 Chords Create Chromatic Chord Movement Sound
Piano Demo: C C#dim7 Dm7 G7
|Section 6: Away In A Manger Step 1: Use C#dim7 Chord Substitution|
Chord Chart - Put in C#dim7 Chord substitution
Piano Demo: Putting in C#dim7 to Away In A Manger - Listen to the sounds!
|Section 7: Away In A Manger Step 2: Insert Ebdim7 into the Chord Progression|
Em7 - ??? - Dm7
Fun Activity 4: What is the diminished 7 Chord between Em7 and Dm7?
Answer to Fun Activity 4
Em7 - Ebdim7 - Dm7 - Chromatic Chord Movement
Piano Demo: Em7 - Ebdim7 - Dm7 Chromatic Chord Movement
Chord Chart in Away in a Manger - Inserting Ebdim7
Piano Demo: First line in Away in a Manger with Ebdim7 inserted
|Section 8: Away In A Manger Step 3: Use F#dim7 as Chord Insert|
F - ??? - C/G
C/G - 2nd Chord Inversion
Fun Activity 5: What diminished chord can we insert between F and C/G
Answer to Fun Activity 5
F - F#dim7 - C/G - Chromatic Chord Movement
Piano Demo: F F#dim7 C/G - Chromatic Chord Movement
Fun Activity 6: What is the Roman numeral notation for F#dim7 chord?
Fun Activity 6
Answer to Activity - Roman numeral notation for F#dim7
Piano Demo: Away in a Manger with the F#dim7 inserted
|Section 9: Away In A Manger Step 4: Use D#dim7 as Chord Insert|
Dm7 - ??? - C/E
Fun Activity 7: Which diminished chord will we insert between Dm7 and C/E
Answer to Activity 7
Fun Activity 8: What is the Roman numeral notation for D#dim7 chord?
Fun Activity 8
Answer to Activity 8
Piano Demo: Dm7 - D#dim7 - C/E
Chord Chart - Away in a Manger with D#dim7 inserted
|Section 10: Key of C: 4 Kinds of Diminished 7 Chords: C#dim7, Ebdim7, F#dim7, D#dim7|
Summary of the 4 different Diminished 7 Chords in C Key
|Section 11: Piano Techniques for Level 7 - Chromatic Scales & Runs|
Right Hand Chromatic Scales - Fingering
Piano Demo: Right Hand Chromatic Scale - Fingering
Left Hand Chromatic Scale - Fingering
Piano Demo: Left Hand Chromatic Scale- Fingering
Right Hand Chromatic Scale Runs in 2 Octaves
Piano Demo: Right Hand Chromatic Scale Runs in 2 Octaves
Left Hand Chromatic Scale Runs in 2 Octaves
Piano Demo: Left Hand Chromatic Scale Runs in 2 Octaves
|Section 12: Piano Techniques for Level 7 - Chromatic Tones - Fillers|
Chromatic Tone Fillers - R1 R2 R3 R4
Piano Demo: Chromatic Tone FillersPreview
Right Hand Chromatic Scale Runs - Between Melody TonesPreview
Piano Demo: Right Hand Chromatic Scale Runs Between Melody TonesPreview
Left Hand Chromatic Run to the Next Chord
Piano Demo: Left Hand Chromatic Run to the Next ChordPreview
|Section 13: Conclusion & Summary|
Congratulations & Summary
|Section 14: Bonus Section - Resources for Students|
Cool Resources for 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.