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I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas - Play Dreamy White Christmas with soothing dreamy cocktail sounds.
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.
How To Communicate Dreamy Sweet Sounds:
Dreamy Sweet Piano Techniques:
1. Rolling Cascading Waterfall Run – Triplets
2. Color Chords – Augmented +5
3. Build on 1625 Chord Progression Movement
4. Color Chords – Major 7
5. Dreamy Cascading Fill in – 3rds in 10ths
6. Smooth Descending Bass Line
7. Polychord Rolling Waves – Colorful Dreamy Sounds
8. Smooth Scale Run Lead in
9. Nostalgic Ballad 9
10. Use Color Chords – Flat 9 of the Dominant Chord
12. Chromatic Chords Turn Around – Em7 Eb7 Dm7 G7b9/D
13. Polychord Stride Pattern – Colorful Dreamy Sounds
14. Color Chords – Diminished 7 Chords
15. Dreamy Ballad Major 7
16. Dreamy slow Glissando Run
17. Dreamy m3 chord substitution Technique – F & AbM7
18. Fill In: Double Up Chord Tones AbM7
19. Smooth Jazzy Ending – Bb9 Ab9 C6/9
20. C6/9 Ethereal Ending
I demonstrate the above 20+ Techniques into the Song: White Christmas.
Please do not be disappointed if you do not hear the entire song played for White Christmas.
The purpose of the course: To Improvise with lots of dreamy piano techniques so that you can apply these techniques not only to White Christmas but to many other songs.
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|Section 1: Welcome to the Course|
Learn to play these dreamy piano techniques for White ChristmasPreview
Dreamy Piano Music - How To Communicate Dreamy Sounds?Preview
Learn 20 Piano Techniques to Play Dreamy Piano MusicPreview
Overview of the Course
|Section 2: White Christmas - Lyrics & Structure - Section A B|
White Christmas: Section A BPreview
Fun Activity 1: The lyrics of White Christmas
Answer to Activity 1: Lyrics - finding the stress in the syllables!
White Christmas - Accidental Tones D# & F#
White Christmas - Long Tones are places to put in dreamy piano runs!
|Section 3: Piano Technique 1 - Rolling Cascading Run in 1 6 2 5 Chord Progression|
Piano Demo on Rolling Cascading Run in 1625
|Section 4: Piano Technique 2: RH - Use Triplets to Create Rolling Effect|
Piano Demo - Triplets Coming Down
Piano Demo: Triplets Coming down in slow motionPreview
|Section 5: Piano Technique 3: RH - Change Triplet Sound to Create a dream chord transition|
Piano Technique 3: Change melodic tones to prepare for chord changePreview
Piano Tip: Fingering & Think in Groups of 4
Piano Demo: "THINK" in Groups of 4 + Melodic Change in Measure 3Preview
Piano Tip 3: Put the Weight on the Pinkie
Piano Demo: Put the weight on Pinkie
Keeping the Sustain Pedal On
|Section 6: Piano Technique 4: RH - Use Augmented Chord +5 in place of V7|
Piano Technique 4: Use Color Chord +5
|Section 7: Play Along Practice: 1625 Dreamy Rolling Cascading Run|
Play Along 1: Rolling Cascading Run – Slow Tempo Play AlongPreview
Play Along 2: Rolling Cascading Run – Fast Tempo Practice
|Section 8: Piano Technique 5: Left Hand Accompaniment to 1 6 2 5|
Piano Demo: LH Plays Bass Tones : C A D G for the 1625Preview
Play Along: Left Hand add in C A D G - Slow Motion
Piano Demo: Left Hand Variation - Octave - C A D G
Play Along: Left Hand Octaves with Right Hand Rolling Cascading Run on 1625Preview
Fun Activity 3: Play the Cascading Run in 1625
|Section 9: Line 1: I'm Dreaming of A White Christmas|
Line 1: I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas
Line 1: An example of Harmonizing Chords
|Section 10: Piano Techniques for Line 1: I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas|
Piano Demo: Improvise with Dreamy Piano Runs in 3rds & Walking bass to Line 1
|Section 11: Piano Techniques for Line 1 Measure 1 - CM7 color chord|
Piano Technique 6: Line 1 Measure 1 - RH Cascading 3rd Fill InPreview
Piano Technique 7: Line 1 - LH Walking Bass from C to F
Piano Demo: Line 1 Measure 1 - CM7 Fill In with Both Hands Coordination
|Section 12: Piano Techniques for Line 1 Measure 2|
Piano Technique 8: LH Smooth Double Up Walking BassPreview
Piano Technique 9: RH Inversions to Dm C B C/G
|Section 13: Piano Technique for Line 1 Measure 1 to 3: C B A G F E D C B A G F|
Piano Technique 10: LH Smooth Walking Bass Technique through 3 measures
Play Along Tracks - From Notating Everything to Play by Ear
Play Along: RH & LH Smooth Walking Bass with Counting
Play Along: RH & LH Smooth Walking Bass with Score Sheet
Play Along: RH & LH Smooth Walking Bass with Chords Only
Play Along RH & LH Smooth Walking Bass - Play By Ear
|Section 14: Piano Technique for Line 1 Measure 3 - Dm7/F|
Piano Technique 11: Improvise with Polychord Rolling Wave Dm7/F
|Section 15: Piano Techniques for Line 1 Measure 4 - F# G13b9|
Piano Technique 12: Scale Run to Lead into the G13b9
Piano Technique for Line 1 Measure 4 - F# G13b9
Play Along: Scale Lead in to G13b9
|Section 16: Play Line 1 Dreamy Variation - Use Polychord Rolling Wave Technique|
Piano Techniques are not fixed. Learn to Put in Different Variations to Line 1
Piano Technique: Improvise with Polychord Rolling WavesPreview
Piano Demo: How to Count Polychord Rolling Waves to Fit into the Measures
Play Along: Improvise by playing Line 1 with Polychord Rolling Waves
|Section 17: Piano Techniques for Line 2|
Line 2 Reharmonization
Line 2 Answer: A Possible Reharmonization for the Chord Progression
|Section 18: Piano Technique: Nostalgic Ballad 9 in Line 2 Measure 1 & 2|
Piano Technique: Improvise with Nostalgic Ballad 9 - Line 2 Measure 1 & 2
Piano Demo: Improvise with Nostalgic Ballad 9
Dreamy Nostalgic Ballad 9
|Section 19: Piano Technique: Trill in G9 Line 2 Measure 6|
Piano Technique Trill: Alternate 2 adjacent tones in G9
Piano Demo: Trill in G9
|Section 20: Piano Technique: Chromatic Turn Around in Line 2 Measure 7 & 8|
Piano Technique: Chromatic Turn Around - Em7 Eb7 Dm7 G7b9/D
Piano Demo: Half Step Chromatic Turn Around - Em7 Eb7 Dm7 G7b9/D
Piano Technique: The tones played for Em7 Eb7 Dm7 G7b9/DPreview
Piano Technique: RH & LH - Em7 Eb7 Dm7 G7b9/D
Piano Technique: Put Movement to LH Chords: Em7 Eb7 Dm7 G7b9/D
|Section 21: Play Along: Chromatic Movement in Line 2 Measure 7 & 8|
Play Along with Score Sheet - Chromatic Turn Around
Play Along with Chords - Chromatic Turn Around - Can apply to other songs!
|Section 22: Piano Technique: Chromatic Turn Around Variation - Em7 Eb7 Dm7 Db7|
Chromatic Turn Around Variation: Use Tritone Db7
Piano Demo: Chromatic Turn Around using the Tritone Db7
|Section 23: Dreamy Piano Technique: Line 3|
Line 3 Reharmonization
Answer: A possible chord progression for Line 3
Piano Demo: Smooth Descending Bass LinePreview
Line 3 Measure 9 to 10 – Smooth Descending Bass with Polychord Stride Pattern
Play Along: Line 3 Measure 9 & 10 Smooth Descending Bass with Polychord Stride
Line 3 Measure 11 to 12 – Smooth Descending Bass + Polychord TechniquePreview
|Section 24: Line 4 Reharmonization|
Line 4 Reharmonization
A possible chord progression for Line 4
|Section 25: Dreamy Piano Technique Line 4 - Dreamy Ballad & Glissando Run|
Piano Demo: Dreamy Ballad & Glissando Technique to Line 4
|Section 26: Dreamy Ballad 7 Technique|
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.