Learn Fun Dreamy Piano Techniques # 2 - Play Silver Bells
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Learn 4 Chord Method to reharmonize Silver Bells & play 24 Dreamy piano techniques - play jazzy cocktail soothing sounds
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Created by Rosa Suen
Last updated 11/2016
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 31 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
  • PLAY Silver Bells with lots of bells sounds
  • CREATE Wind Chimes sound on the piano
  • SPLASH in Bell echoes
  • REHARMONIZE Silver Bells from basic chords
  • REHARMONIZE Silver Bells with mellow minor chords
  • REHARMONIZE Silver Bells with dynamic secondary dominants
  • REHARMONIZE Silver Bells with mysterious diminished 7 Chords
  • HAVE fun playing around with the 2 whole tone scales
  • PLAY dreamy cocktail sounds
  • WOW your audience by playing Silver Bells with different arrangements
  • ARRANGE any songs by following my 4 method technique
  • IMPROVISE with Question and Answer method
  • IMPROVISE with Question and Answer contrary motion
  • CREATE 4 different levels of chord substitution arrangement for Silver Bells
  • PLAY 9 dreamy piano techniques to take people to piano wonderland
  • HAVE fun with the Triplet Ballad style
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  • A basic understanding of chords
  • A basic understanding of music theory

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Course Updated: Nov 1, 2016


Silver Bells - Learn to Reharomonize Silver Bells with different arrangement to bring out the dreamy and cocktail sounds in this song!


Dreamy Piano music is a quiet, elegant music that uses chords & harmony from jazz and classical music. This is the kind of music that is very relaxing and soothing for meditation or dining with family and beloved friends.

It’s the choice of chords that you choose to create the nostalgic atmosphere with sweet sounds.

When these chords are put together, it has a magical feel that is timeless and elegantly graceful. This kind of music brings hope and pleasure to our lives. After playing such music, one’s spirit feels lifted up in the journey. The musical path is one of delight and joy.

Silver Bells is a very special Christmas Song. Even though the melody of Silver Bells is very plain. If you take a look at the music score of Silver Bells, you will be able to pick up some very unique features in this song.

One of the unique feature of the song is the ‘accidental’ note that occurs in 2 places in Section A. Think of the accidental note as a ‘flat’ rather than a ‘sharp’.

Once you think of that note as a ‘flat’, you will be able to create a very smooth chromatic chord movement in that section to highlight the unique feature of this song. And when you can figure out the great chromatic movement chord progression, you can put it into the Turn Around and in the Ending of the Song.

Another very Unique Feature of the song is that there are many empty measures in Section B. Usually in empty measures, we can put in all kinds of runs and fills.

For “Silver Bells”, I refrain from putting in just any kind of runs and fills. We can certainly fill up those empty measures with ballad style of playing, and many of the runs and fills I presented to you in White Christmas.

Silver Bells with its repeated melodic notes give us many opportunities to do Dreamy Echoes in the empty measures. When we hear bells, we want to hear echoes. I will demonstrate 8 Different kinds of dreamy echoes for you to learn how you too can create your own dreamy echoes. You need to learn some improvisational skills.

In this course, I show you a 4 Level CHORD METHOD to produce Dreamy Music :

1. How to Create Chord Progressions to Create Dreamy Music.

2. There are 4 Different Levels of Chord Progressions you can create.

3. I show you where to put in the Secondary Dominant Chords.

4. I show you how the Diminished 7 Chords can help you see the half step chord movement to the next chord.

5. I also show you my final arrangement after the 4 Different Levels are shown.

You will also learn the following 24 Dreamy Piano Techniques:

  1. Dreamy Bell sounds – open sound
  2. Interval of 6ths – Sweet Sound
  3. Color Chords – Augmented +5
  4. Whole Tone Scale Run – Ethereal Sound
  5. Dreamy Major 7 Chords
  6. Secondary Dominant Chords on the weak beat: C7 A7 D7
  7. Dissonant Symmetrical Diminished 7 Chords – Bdim7, Ebdim7, Gdim7, Cdim7, Ddim7
  8. Color Chords – Flat 9 of the Dominant Chord – C7b9
  9. Diminished 7 Chords chromatic or stepwise movement

10. Polychord Rolling Waves C & Em7 (Measure 7)

11. Whole Tone Scale Fill In

12. Melody Echo – Measure 7 – Reflective Octave Echo

13. Chromatic Chords Turn Around – Em7 Eb07 Dm7 C (LH octaves; RH (1st & 3rd finger moving down)

14. Dreamy Echo #1: Measures: 17, 18 25, 26 – single melody tone

15. Dreamy Echo #2: Measures: 17, 18, 25, 26 – Echo in 3rds

16. Dreamy Echo #3: Measures: 17, 18 25, 26 – 3rds Break Up

17. Dreamy Echo #4: Measures: 17, 18 25, 26 – Octave Ring

18. Dreamy Harmonic Echo #5: Measures 17, 18, 25, 26 – Harmonic 3rd

19. Dreamy Improv Echo #6: Measures 17, 18, 25, 26 – Question & Answer Technique 1 – Melodic Improv

20. Dreamy Improv Echo #7: Measure 17, 18, 25, 26 – Question & Answer Techinque 2 – Contrary Motion

21. Dreamy Staircase Echo #8 – Chord Tones Measures: 17, 18, 25, 26

22. Dreamy Ending C6 Em7 Eb07 Dm7 C6 Waterfall Run

23. C6 Rolling Waves – 4T6 Handshape

24. Dreamy Waterfall Run

All the details of these piano techniques are shown. You will be able to play the complete song of Silver Bells in a very Dreamy Professional Style. You will learn many style of playing, especially Echoes and Bells & Chimes.


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  • Anyone who wishes to learn how to reharmonize a song
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Curriculum For This Course
99 Lectures
Welcome to this dreamy piano course!
2 Lectures 04:21
Part A Silver Bells Song Structure - 3/4 Song
3 Lectures 04:51

Silver Bells - 3/4 Rhythm

Activity 1: Write out Lyrics rhythm
Music Score
3 Lectures 02:56
Silver Bells Music Score
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Activity 2: Find the song structure
Music Score Structure
2 Lectures 09:22
Silver Bells - Long tones are places for piano dreamy techniques

Silver Bells Song Structure - Sections AB & 32 Bar Form
Part B: Dreamy Introduction of Bell Sounds to Silver Bells
2 Lectures 01:43

Bell Sounds: Low Bell Sounds, Soft Bell Sounds, Wind Chimes, Dreamy Whole Tone
Bell Sounds
4 Lectures 02:44
Bell Sounds with Both Hands - LH in 6ths; RH in 4ths

Piano Demo: Bell Sounds & Wind Chimes fully explained
G+ Whole Tone Scale Run
3 Lectures 02:41

Which whole tone scale to use for G+ Chord?

Play Along: G+ Whole Tone Scale Run
Bell Sounds + Whole Tone Scale Run Introduction
2 Lectures 01:11
Bell Sounds + Whole Tone Scale Run Introduction

Play Along: 4 Piano Techniques for the Bell sounds + Whole Tone Scale Run Intro
Silver Bells in Bells & Chimes
7 Lectures 08:24
Piano Technique: Silver Bells in Bells & Chimes: LH in 6ths; RH in 4ths

Piano Demo: Line 1 in Bells & Chimes

Play Along Right Hand Practice: Play in 4ths - First Line Bell Sounds

Play Along Both Hands Together: RH 4ths; LH 6ths

Bells & Chimes Variation

Piano Demo: Silver Bells in Bells & Chimes Variation – Break Up the RH tones
Part C: 4 Different Levels of Dreamy Chord Arrangement to Silver Bells
1 Lecture 01:08
4 Different Levels in Chord Progression
27 More Sections
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.