Learn Piano Christmas Song #2 - Play Dreamy Silver Bells

Learn 4 Chord Method to reharmonize Silver Bells & play 24 Dreamy piano techniques - play jazzy cocktail soothing sounds
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Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

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Course Updated: Nov 1, 2016


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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!

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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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What are the requirements?

  • A basic understanding of chords
  • A basic understanding of music theory

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wishes to learn how to reharmonize a song
  • Anyone who wants to play dreamy music

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Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome to this dreamy piano course!
Welcome to Dreamy Piano Music - Silver Bells
Preview
02:48
Overview of the Course
Article
Section 2: Part A Silver Bells Song Structure - 3/4 Song
Silver Bells Lyrics - Find the rhythm of the song
Preview
02:30
Silver Bells - 3/4 Rhythm
02:00
Activity 1: Write out Lyrics rhythm
Article
Section 3: Music Score
Silver Bells Music Score
1 page
Silver Bells - 2 Accidental Notes
Preview
02:45
Activity 2: Find the song structure
Article
Section 4: Music Score Structure
Silver Bells - Long tones are places for piano dreamy techniques
02:51
Silver Bells Song Structure - Sections AB & 32 Bar Form
06:31
Section 5: Part B: Dreamy Introduction of Bell Sounds to Silver Bells
4 Piano Techniques to play the introduction
Preview
Article
Bell Sounds: Low Bell Sounds, Soft Bell Sounds, Wind Chimes, Dreamy Whole Tone
01:08
Section 6: Bell Sounds
Bell Sounds with Both Hands - LH in 6ths; RH in 4ths
Article
Piano Demo: Bell Sounds & Wind Chimes
Preview
01:06
Tones for the Bell Sounds in going down the Scale
Preview
Article
Piano Demo: Bell Sounds & Wind Chimes fully explained
01:08
Section 7: G+ Whole Tone Scale Run
Piano Demo: Play the C# Whole Tone Scale
Preview
00:31
Which whole tone scale to use for G+ Chord?
Article
Play Along: G+ Whole Tone Scale Run
01:36
Section 8: Bell Sounds + Whole Tone Scale Run Introduction
Bell Sounds + Whole Tone Scale Run Introduction
Article
Play Along: 4 Piano Techniques for the Bell sounds + Whole Tone Scale Run Intro
00:58
Section 9: Silver Bells in Bells & Chimes
Piano Technique: Silver Bells in Bells & Chimes: LH in 6ths; RH in 4ths
Article
Piano Demo: Line 1 in Bells & Chimes
01:16
Play Along Right Hand Practice: Play in 4ths - First Line Bell Sounds
01:49
Play Along Left Hand Practice: Play in 6ths - First Line Bell Sounds
Preview
01:47
Play Along Both Hands Together: RH 4ths; LH 6ths
01:40
Bells & Chimes Variation
Article
Piano Demo: Silver Bells in Bells & Chimes Variation – Break Up the RH tones
01:17
Section 10: Part C: 4 Different Levels of Dreamy Chord Arrangement to Silver Bells
4 Different Levels in Chord Progression
Article
Section 11: 1. First Level - Putting in all the minor chords
First Basic Level - Putting in all diatonic chords
Article
Piano Demo: Putting in the minor chords to Silver Bells
01:12
Play Along: Play the arrangement with minor chords added
00:49
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
Article
Play Along: Play the arrangement with the Major 7 Chords also
01:14
Section 13: 3. Third Level of Arrangement: Add in the Secondary Dominant 7 to create drama
Third Level: Adding in Secondary dominants
Article
Secondary Dominant put into the song arrangement
Article
Piano Demo: Secondary Dominants Added
01:06
Section 14: 4. Fourth Level: Diminished 7 Chords
Fourth Level: Diminished 7 Chords
Article
Piano Demo: Diminished 7 Chords
01:09
Put in Diminished 7 Chords on the 3rd Beat
Article
Piano Demo: Put in the Diminished 7 Chords on the 3rd Beat
01:14
Piano Play Along: Putting in Diminished 7 Chords to Line 1 & Line 2
00:48
Piano Technique: Smooth Dreamy Stepwise / Chromatic Movement of Dim Chords
Article
Piano Demo of Line 1 & Line 2: Stepwise / Chromatic movement
01:22
Section 15: My Final Arrangement for Silver Bells
How to decide on the final chord arrangement
Article
My Final Arrangement to Silver Bells
1 page
Section 16: 9 Different Dreamy Piano Techniques to play in the final arrangement
Applying Different dreamy piano techniques
Article
6 Different Kind of Notations as you watch me play the piano demo
Article
Piano Demo: 9 Different Dreamy Techniques Notated
00:43
Piano Demo: 9 Different Dreamy Techniques with Chords shown
00:44
Piano Demo: Line 1 & Line 2 Chord Progression with 9 Techniques Notated
00:44
Piano Demo: Line 1 & Line 2 Play by Ear with Chords only
00:43
Piano Demo: Line 1 & Line 2 with Music Score Only
00:44
Piano Demo: Line 1 & Line 2 with Music Score + 9 Techniques Notated
00:44
Line 1 & Line 2 - 9 Different Techniques Fully Explained
02:35
Section 17: Dreamy Piano Technique 1: Romantic Ballad in Triplets
Left Hand Romantic Ballad in Triplets - C & Em7
01:01
Modify the Chords to make the Romantic Ballad Triplets to flow
Article
Piano Demo: Line 1: C Em7 FM7 Dm7 - LH Romantic Ballad Triplet
01:09
Piano Play Along: LH Romantic Ballad in Triplets - Line 1
01:02
Piano Play Along: Romantic Ballad in Triplets Music Score
02:29
Section 18: Dreamy Piano Ballad Triplets - Both Hands
Piano Demo: Both Hands - Romantic Ballad in Triplets
00:46
Piano Demo: Both Hands - Romantic Ballad in Triplets Slow Motion
01:09
Piano Play Along: Both Hands - Romantic Ballad in Triplets Line 1
01:51
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
01:03
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
01:01
Line 2 Measure 5 - Both Hands - Smooth Chromatic Movement
01:01
Section 21: Line 2 Measure 6 – Ethereal Whole Tone Scale Fill In
Piano Demo: Line 2 Measure 6 – Ethereal Whole Tone Scale Fill In
00:58
Play Along: Line 2 Measure 6 & 7 – Ethereal Whole Tone Scale Fill In
01:19
Section 22: Line 2 Measure 5 , 6, 7 - Play Along with Dreamy Piano Techniques
Piano Play Along: Line 2 Measures 5, 6 7
01:08
Section 23: Line 2 Measure 7 - Polychord rolling wave Em7 / C
Piano Demo: Line 2 Measure 7 - Polychord rolling wave
00:50
Section 24: Line 2 Measure 8 - Dreamy Reflective Echo Technique
Piano Demo: RH: Dreamy Reflective Echo Technique & LH: Nostalgic 9
00:41
Section 25: Line 2 - 6 Dreamy Piano Techniques Combined
Line 2 - 6 Dreamy Piano Techniques
Article
Piano Demo - Line 2 Dreamy Piano Techniques
00:32
Section 26: End of Line 4 - Turn Around
Dreamy Turn Around: Em7 Ebdim7 Dm7
Article

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Instructor Biography

Rosa Suen, Best Seller Music Teacher, 35 Years Pianist, 25,00+ 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.

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