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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:
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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|Section 1: Welcome to this dreamy piano course!|
Welcome to Dreamy Piano Music - Silver BellsPreview
Overview of the Course
|Section 2: Part A Silver Bells Song Structure - 3/4 Song|
Silver Bells Lyrics - Find the rhythm of the songPreview
Silver Bells - 3/4 Rhythm
Activity 1: Write out Lyrics rhythm
|Section 3: Music Score|
Silver Bells Music Score
Silver Bells - 2 Accidental NotesPreview
Activity 2: Find the song structure
|Section 4: Music Score Structure|
Silver Bells - Long tones are places for piano dreamy techniques
Silver Bells Song Structure - Sections AB & 32 Bar Form
|Section 5: Part B: Dreamy Introduction of Bell Sounds to Silver Bells|
4 Piano Techniques to play the introductionPreview
Bell Sounds: Low Bell Sounds, Soft Bell Sounds, Wind Chimes, Dreamy Whole Tone
|Section 6: Bell Sounds|
Bell Sounds with Both Hands - LH in 6ths; RH in 4ths
Piano Demo: Bell Sounds & Wind ChimesPreview
Tones for the Bell Sounds in going down the ScalePreview
Piano Demo: Bell Sounds & Wind Chimes fully explained
|Section 7: G+ Whole Tone Scale Run|
Piano Demo: Play the C# Whole Tone ScalePreview
Which whole tone scale to use for G+ Chord?
Play Along: G+ Whole Tone Scale Run
|Section 8: Bell Sounds + Whole Tone Scale Run Introduction|
Bell Sounds + Whole Tone Scale Run Introduction
Play Along: 4 Piano Techniques for the Bell sounds + Whole Tone Scale Run Intro
|Section 9: Silver Bells in Bells & Chimes|
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 Left Hand Practice: Play in 6ths - First Line Bell SoundsPreview
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
|Section 10: Part C: 4 Different Levels of Dreamy Chord Arrangement to Silver Bells|
4 Different Levels in Chord Progression
|Section 11: 1. First Level - Putting in all the minor chords|
First Basic Level - Putting in all diatonic chords
Piano Demo: Putting in the minor chords to Silver Bells
Play Along: Play the arrangement with minor chords added
|Section 12: 2. Second Level: Putting in the Major 7 to all major chords|
Second Level: Adding in the Major 7 to all major chords
Play Along: Play the arrangement with the Major 7 Chords also
|Section 13: 3. Third Level of Arrangement: Add in the Secondary Dominant 7 to create drama|
Third Level: Adding in Secondary dominants
Secondary Dominant put into the song arrangement
Piano Demo: Secondary Dominants Added
|Section 14: 4. Fourth Level: Diminished 7 Chords|
Fourth Level: Diminished 7 Chords
Piano Demo: Diminished 7 Chords
Put in Diminished 7 Chords on the 3rd Beat
Piano Demo: Put in the Diminished 7 Chords on the 3rd Beat
Piano Play Along: Putting in Diminished 7 Chords to Line 1 & Line 2
Piano Technique: Smooth Dreamy Stepwise / Chromatic Movement of Dim Chords
Piano Demo of Line 1 & Line 2: Stepwise / Chromatic movement
|Section 15: My Final Arrangement for Silver Bells|
How to decide on the final chord arrangement
My Final Arrangement to Silver Bells
|Section 16: 9 Different Dreamy Piano Techniques to play in the final arrangement|
Applying Different dreamy piano techniques
6 Different Kind of Notations as you watch me play the piano demo
Piano Demo: 9 Different Dreamy Techniques Notated
Piano Demo: 9 Different Dreamy Techniques with Chords shown
Piano Demo: Line 1 & Line 2 Chord Progression with 9 Techniques Notated
Piano Demo: Line 1 & Line 2 Play by Ear with Chords only
Piano Demo: Line 1 & Line 2 with Music Score Only
Piano Demo: Line 1 & Line 2 with Music Score + 9 Techniques Notated
Line 1 & Line 2 - 9 Different Techniques Fully Explained
|Section 17: Dreamy Piano Technique 1: Romantic Ballad in Triplets|
Left Hand Romantic Ballad in Triplets - C & Em7
Modify the Chords to make the Romantic Ballad Triplets to flow
Piano Demo: Line 1: C Em7 FM7 Dm7 - LH Romantic Ballad Triplet
Piano Play Along: LH Romantic Ballad in Triplets - Line 1
Piano Play Along: Romantic Ballad in Triplets Music Score
|Section 18: Dreamy Piano Ballad Triplets - Both Hands|
Piano Demo: Both Hands - Romantic Ballad in Triplets
Piano Demo: Both Hands - Romantic Ballad in Triplets Slow Motion
Piano Play Along: Both Hands - Romantic Ballad in Triplets Line 1
|Section 19: Play Along Dreamy Line 1 Final Arrangement - CM7 Em7 C7b9 F Dm7 D7|
Play Along Line 1 - CM7 Em7 C7b9 F Dm7 D7
|Section 20: Line 2 Measure 5 – Smooth Chromatic Movement – Em7 Ebdim7 Dm7 - LH triplets|
Line 2 Measure 5 LH triplets - Smooth Chromatic Movement – Em7 Ebdim7 Dm7
Line 2 Measure 5 - Both Hands - Smooth Chromatic Movement
|Section 21: Line 2 Measure 6 – Ethereal Whole Tone Scale Fill In|
Piano Demo: Line 2 Measure 6 – Ethereal Whole Tone Scale Fill In
Play Along: Line 2 Measure 6 & 7 – Ethereal Whole Tone Scale Fill In
|Section 22: Line 2 Measure 5 , 6, 7 - Play Along with Dreamy Piano Techniques|
Piano Play Along: Line 2 Measures 5, 6 7
|Section 23: Line 2 Measure 7 - Polychord rolling wave Em7 / C|
Piano Demo: Line 2 Measure 7 - Polychord rolling wave
|Section 24: Line 2 Measure 8 - Dreamy Reflective Echo Technique|
Piano Demo: RH: Dreamy Reflective Echo Technique & LH: Nostalgic 9
|Section 25: Line 2 - 6 Dreamy Piano Techniques Combined|
Line 2 - 6 Dreamy Piano Techniques
Piano Demo - Line 2 Dreamy Piano Techniques
|Section 26: End of Line 4 - Turn Around|
Dreamy Turn Around: Em7 Ebdim7 Dm7
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.