Learn Piano #9: Use Suspended Chords to a song & play runs
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Learn Piano #9: Use Suspended Chords to a song & play runs

Create beautiful suspended chord sounds & piano runs resolving to the 3rd tone. Learn Slash Chord Trick to Sus chords
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Created by Rosa Suen
Last updated 3/2017
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  • 38 mins on-demand video
  • 6 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
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What Will I Learn?
  • KNOW how to form Suspended Chords easily
  • UNDERSTAND how the 4th tone hangs in the air
  • WHY the word 'suspended' is given to this chord
  • PLAY C7sus, D7sus, G7sus, A7sus
  • RESOLVE Supsended Chords to their Dominant 7 Chords
  • INSERT Suspended Chords into Away in a Manger
  • USE the Magic Trick to write Slash Chords for Suspended Chords
  • PLAY Suspended Chords easily in a FUN way
  • MOVE the 3rd finger easily from the 4th tone to 3rd tone
  • HAVE fun learning piano
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Learn Piano Level 9 - Learn to use Suspended Chords Substitution into Away In A Manger & Slash Chord Trick to Suspended Chords

Sometimes when we listen to musicians playing a musical arrangement, we here an open sound that creates tension that want to resolve quickly to a stable sound, you can be sure that they are suspended chord sounds created by the 4th tone of the chord.  The 4th tone of the chord clashes heavily to the chord.  So when the musician moves to the 3rd tone quickly, we feel that we have been taken to a wonderful ride.

Here's the Secret: Whenever you play the Suspended Chord, watch your finger to see which finger is playing that 4th tone.  If you play it in the Root position, this works best for runs whereby your 3rd finger can quickly resolve to the semi tone right below it to create that peaceful drama. 

Playing piano is fun when you watch patterns, watch your handshapes, listen to tones, and think in tone numbers.  Never memorize notes which we are trained to do as music note learners.

To play beautiful music, you need to learn to pick up the skills to play by ear and put your heart into the music rather than specific notes.

Learn how to put in Suspended Chords into your music arrangement of Away in a Manger.

Key of C: C7sus, D7sus, A7sus, G7sus


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

A. Music Theory - Suspended Chord Formula

  • Chord Formula: 1 4 5
  • Suspended Chord Distinctive Feature - Playing the clashing 4th tone

B.  How Suspended Chord Tones work

C.  Suspended Chords always resolve in half step - 4 to 3

D.  Learn Magic Trick to write Slash Chords to suspended chords (F/G)

E.  Write out the 12 Dominant Suspended Chords in Slash Chords in less than a Minute

  • C7sus
  • D7sus
  • E7sus
  • F7sus
  • G7sus
  • A7sus
  • B7sus
  • Db7sus
  • Eb7sus
  • Gb7sus
  • Ab7sus
  • Bb7sus

F.  Suspended Chord Substitution Rule - Where it is placed in chord progression

G. Reharmonize Away in A Manger with Augmented Chords!

H. Fun Piano Runs with Suspended Chords - Intro of Songs

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Curriculum For This Course
Introduction to the Course
1 Lecture 01:54
Suspended Seventh Chords: The 4th Tone
5 Lectures 05:13
Suspension Chord - The 4th Tone - 1 4 5

Suspended Chords like to Move 1/2 a tone down

Piano Demo: The Suspended Sound - C F G

Why is it called 'Sus' Chord?
Level 9: Learn these 4 Suspended Dominant Chords - C7sus, D7sus, A7sus, G7sus
3 Lectures 04:59
Piano Demo & Play Along
1 Lecture 00:03
Play Along Activities - 09to12Lev9
Application: Reharmonize Away in a Manger with Suspended Chords
1 Lecture 00:05
Lead Sheet of Basic Chords - Away in a Manger
Step 1: Inserting G7sus before G7 in Away in a Manger
6 Lectures 07:29
Step 1: G7sus to G7

G7sus to G7 - 4th tone moving to 3rd tone

Activity Assignment: Insert G7 sus to Away in a Manger

Answer: Inserting G7sus to Away in a Manger Explanation

Magic Trick Formula for Suspended Chords - Use Slash Chords
5 Lectures 02:46
Magic Formula Trick 1: Suspended chords played in IV/V

Answer to the above lecture

Activity Assignment: Write all the Dominant 7 Chords in seconds

Answer to Activity
Step 2: Inserting C7sus before C7
6 Lectures 06:24
Piano Demo & Play Along: C7sus to C7 - 4th tone moving to the 3rd tone

Activity: Insert C7sus before C7 in Away in a Manger

Answer to where C7sus can be inserted in Away in a Manger

Piano Demo of C7sus to Away in a Manger

Piano Trick of playing C7sus Chord quickly: Bb/C

Piano Demo: Bb/C in different inversions
Step 3: Inserting A7sus before A7
4 Lectures 04:19
Piano Demo & Play Along: A7sus to A7 - 4th tone moving to the 3rd tone

Activity: Insert A7sus before A7 in Away in a Manger

Answer: Adding A7sus to Away in a Manger

Piano Demo: Not enough time to put in A7sus
Step 4: Inserting D7sus before D7
3 Lectures 03:31
Activity: Insert D7sus before D7 in Away in a Manger

Answer: D7 sus before D7 in Away in a Manger

Piano Demo: D7sus before D7 in Away in a Manger
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About the Instructor
Rosa Suen
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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.

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