Learn Piano #8: Use Augmented Chord Sub & Whole Tone Scales
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Learn to reharmonize dominant 7 Chords with Augmented Chord substitutions to create ethereal sounds & effects
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What Will I Learn?
  • Understand how augmented chords are formed
  • Use the Chord Formula: 1 3 +5 to find all the 12 Augmented Chords
  • Know how Augmented chords like to resolve in the Circle of 5ths
  • Find out which melody tones will clash with the +5 of the augmented chord
  • Know when to avoid using Augmented Chords
  • Discover for yourself the relationship between augmented chords and whole tone scales
  • Appreciate the whole tone scale sounds
  • Put in Augmented Chords Substitution in the Music Arrangement
  • Play Away in a Manger with Augmented Chords
  • Play the 2 Whole Tone Scales with Fingering
  • Learn the simple trick of beginning with C or F when playing augmented chords
  • Have fun with the harp sounds
  • Fool around with the whole tone sound effects
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  • For Beginners, they should take the Learn Piano Level 1 to Level 5 before taking this course because they need to understand Primary Dominant 7 Chord + Secondary Dominant Chords

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Learn Piano Level 8 - Learn to use Augmented Chords Substitution into Away In A Manger & Whole Tone Scales

Sometimes when we listen to musicians playing a musical arrangement, we here a metallic sound that makes the piece of music mesmerizing. They are sounds that we hear when we play the whole tone scales.

Whole Tone Scales have tones that are one whole step apart. They sound ethereal.

Here's the Secret: Whenever there are Augmented Chords put in the music arrangement, we can readily play part of the whole tone scale into the chord. Or sometimes just sharpening the 5th tone of the chord in place of the dominant 7 chord, we the raised 5th tone gives the piece of music an ethereal sound. Augmented Chord with the sharp 5 tone is actually an altered dominant chord substitution.

Learn how to put in Augmented Chords into your music arrangement!

Key of C: C+, G+, A+, D+


Here are some of the topics we will cover in this course:

A. Music Theory - Augmented Chord Formula

  • Chord Formula: 1 3 +5
  • Augmented Chord Distinctive Feature - Sharping of the 5th Tone

B. Twelve Augmented Chords in Music

  • C+5
  • D+5
  • E+5
  • F+5
  • G+5
  • A+5
  • B+5
  • Db+5
  • Eb+5
  • Gb+5
  • Ab+5
  • Bb+5

C. Circle of 5ths - How Do Augmented Chords Resolve?

  1. Follow the Circle of 5th Movement
  2. It resolves to the Chord that is a Perfect 5th Below
  3. It moves anti-clockwise

D. Augmented Chord Substitution Rule

You can always substitute an augmented chord in place of any dominant or secondary dominant chords:

Key of C:

  • For C7 Substitute C+
  • For D7 Substitute D+
  • For A7 Substitute A+
  • For G7 Substitute G+

E. Secret Tip: Must avoid doing augmented chord substitution when melody tone clashes with +5

F. Augmented Chords are built on Whole Tone Scales

G. The 12 Augmented Chords belong to either one of the Whole Tone Scale

  • C+5, D+5, D+5, Gb+5, Ab+5, Bb=5 ==> C Whole Tone Scale
  • F+5, G+5, A+5, B+5, Db+5 Eb+5 ==> C# Whole Tone Scale

H. Reharmonize Away in A Manger with Augmented Chords!

I. Fun Piano Techniques & Styles

  1. C Whole Tone Scale Technique
  2. C# Whole Tone Scale Technique
  3. Whole Tone Scale Fill-Ins
  4. Whole Tone Scale for Introduction - G+5
  5. Special Effects
  6. Whole Tone Fun Harp Sound

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Curriculum For This Course
45 Lectures
Welcome to Learn Piano #8 - Augmented Chord Substitutions & Whole Tone Scales
2 Lectures 04:04
Augmented Chord Formula: 1 3 +5
5 Lectures 05:05

12 Augmented Chords - 1 3 #5

Fun Activity 1: Color the 12 Augmented Chords

Fun Activity 1: Always 4 Semitones Apart

Download the 12 Augmented Chords Pdf
How Do Augmented Chords Like to Resolve?
1 Lecture 02:06
Augmented Chords Resolve to the Chord a Perfect 5th Below
Augmented Chord Substitution Rule
2 Lectures 04:02
Augmented Chords act like Dominant 7 Chords

Secret Tip: Avoid Augmented Chord Substitution when melody tones clash with +5
6 Lectures 09:53
C Augmented Chord clashes with G and A melody tones

Fun Activity 2: Find melody tones that clash with D+, A+, G+

Answer to D Augmented Chord: Avoid melody tones A & B

Answer to G Augmented Chord: Avoid melody tones D & E

Piano Demo: How these melody tones clash with C+, D+, A+ G+
Augmented Chords are Built on the Whole Tone Scales
5 Lectures 09:40
Whole Tone Scales - One Whole Tone Apart

2 Whole Tone Scales - C Whole Tone Scale & C# Whole Tone Scale

Piano Demo: 2 Whole Tone Scales - C Whole Tone Scale & C# Whole Tone Scale

C Whole Tone Scale Sounds

C# Whole Tone Scale Sounds
Which Augmented Chord belongs to Which Whole Tone Scale
9 Lectures 13:14
Fun Activity 3: Find out which augmented chords go with which whole tone scale

Fun Activity 3: Find the Matching Whole Tone Scales for D+, A+, G+

Answer to D+ Augmented Chord

Answer to A+ Augmented Chord

Answer to G+ Augmented Chord

Piano Demo: D+ A+ & G+

Fun Activity 4: Do all the 12 Augmented Chords in relation to Whole Tone Scales

Answers to Fun Activity 4
Reharmonize Away in a Manger with Augmented Chords
4 Lectures 06:59

Lead Sheet of Away in a Manger - Download pdf File

Away in a Manger - Analyze whether these augmented chords fit!

Piano Demo: Augmented Chords Put into the song Away In a Manger
Piano Techniques Styles + Runs & Fills
10 Lectures 10:49
Whole Tone Scale Techniques - Fingering

1. C Whole Tone Scale Technique:

Playing C whole Tone Scale:

C D E F# G# A#


R1 R2 R3 L4 L3 L2

LH: Play Black Keys

L4 L3 L2

RH: Play White Keys

R1 R2 R3

Preview 01:25

Add in Whole Tone Scale Fill-ins where you see Augmented Chords

Piano Demo: Magic Trick - Start on C or F to put in the fill-ins or runs

Whole Tone Scale Run for Introduction

Piano Demo: G+ Introduction Run to the song

Whole Tone Special Effects

Piano Demo: Whole Tone Special Effects

Piano Demo: Beautiful Harp Sound
Congratulations & Conclusion
1 Lecture 00:57
Congratulations & Summary
About the Instructor
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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.

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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