Piano: The Chord Based System - Learn To Play As The Pros Do
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Piano: The Chord Based System - Learn To Play As The Pros Do

Learn to play piano using beautiful-sounding, embellished chords. Quick & easy from a pro with 40+ years entertaining.
4.5 (27 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
627 students enrolled
Created by Stan Prentice
Last updated 3/2015
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 8 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Name the notes on the piano keyboard, including all naturals, sharps and flats.
  • Understand the relationship of the steps of the musical scale to form chords on the piano.
  • Play any major, minor and seventh chord on the piano.
  • Play on the piano with both hands in an effective way to accompany a singer or another instrument.
  • Play the common chords that make up most songs in the popular, rock, folk, blues genres.
  • Move from one chord to another easily and quickly using inversions.
  • Play from popular piano sheet music without having to learn to read music.
  • Play extended chords with a bigger and richer sound than the simple, basic three note chords.
  • Understand the common time signatures of popular music.
  • Put all the elements together to be competant at playing popular music on the piano.
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  • Students will need a keyboard with more than two octaves (24 keys.)


This course is designed to teach you to play piano using chords, even if you can't read music. I show you exactly how professional piano players do it; why they don't bother with reading sheet music, and yet are able to play any song easily and quickly, sounding as if they have practiced the song for weeks.

See the simple tricks that I have used as a full-time pianist and keyboardist for the past 40+ years.

Master chord-based Popular Style Piano in a matter of hours

Whether you want to play just for fun, play for friends, at parties, or become a professional, this course will give you information to help you achieve your goals. You will:

  • Learn to use the piano as an accompaniment instrument
  • Learn how to build major chords easily in any key
  • Learn how to create a minor or dominant 7th chord
  • Learn augmented, diminished, suspended and major 7th chords
  • Learn how to play easily with both hands
  • Find out how to read chords from sheet music without reading the notes
  • Learn in two hours what takes years for most
  • Discover the secrets to turn simple, basic chords into beautiful, full-sounding Jazz, Rock, and Gospel chords.


Learn quickly and efficiently how to sound skilled on the piano

If you want to make beautiful music on the piano without years of grueling, expensive lessons, this is the course you want.

I do not teach note-reading in this course. If your goal is to play Beethoven, Bach, or other classical music, this course is not for you. It is a course in popular piano playing.

I spent years taking weekly lessons as a child, studying music in school and college – but when I became a full-time, professional piano player 45 years ago, I discovered that most of what I learned did not apply to what I was trying to do. I wanted to play popular music in night clubs, cabarets, casinos and show rooms. I learned more from working with other professional musicians than I ever did from teachers, either privately or in school.

What I show you in this course are the things that I learned to make music easy, effective and fun. It's how the pros play.

In addition, you have an unconditional,no questions asked, 30 day, money-back guarantee. Nothing at risk!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for people who would like to play Popular Style Piano without having to learn to read music, note-for-note. Whether you have little or no musical training, this course will bring you up to speed, and give you the skills to sound like a professional piano layer.
  • This course is probably not for you if you are accomplished at playing basic accompaniment on the piano, and already know how to form all major, minor, and dominant 7th chords using both hands.
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Curriculum For This Course
33 Lectures
Keyboard Tour
4 Lectures 08:52

In this lecture you will learn to identify the names of the white keys on the piano keyboard.

The Names of the Notes on the Piano

The Notes On The Piano Keyboard
1 page

In this lecture you will learn the names of the black keys on the piano.

Sharps and Flats

Names of Sharps and Flats
1 page
Note Relationships
5 Lectures 15:03

In this lecture you will learn about scale steps, how they work, and the difference between note names and scale steps.

Scale Steps

Scale Steps On The Piano
1 page

The Twelve Tones


Building A Major Scale
1 page
Building Chords
7 Lectures 16:10

In this lecture you will learn the most effective hand position for playing chords and maneuvering over the piano keyboard.

Hand Position

Minor Triads

Augmented Chords

Diminished Chords

Suspended Chords

Section 4 Review
1 page
Adding The Left Hand
3 Lectures 10:56
Left Hand With Major Chord

Left Hand with All Major Chords

The Left Hand with Minor Chords
Inversions (Move easily from one chord to another.)
3 Lectures 08:49
First Inversion

Second Inversion

Minor Inversions
1 Lecture 02:55
Straight Rhythm Vs. Swing Rhythm
Extended Chords
9 Lectures 28:04

The 9th Chord

The 7/6 Chord

The 7/6 Chord Graphic
1 page

The 6/9 Chord

The 6/9 Chord Graphic
1 page

The Flat 10 Chord

The flat 10 Chord Graphic
1 page

Final Thoughts and Thank You
About the Instructor
Stan Prentice
4.5 Average rating
40 Reviews
1,026 Students
2 Courses
Musician, Music Educator, and Documentary Videomaker

Stan has spent the majority of his life creating music. He began his piano study at age 5, and studied all forms of keyboard music over the years, both privately and in college. He began playing piano professionally at the age of 19, over 40 years ago. Through the years, he has appeared in countless lounges, night clubs, cabarets and showrooms all over the United States. He has recorded at studios in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles. Recently, he finished up an 8-year stint as a Piano Bar entertainer at the prestigious Eldorado Hotel in Reno, Nevada. A full time performer and published songwriter, Stan has vast experience in the music industry.

He also runs a Video Production Business, specializing in Family History Legacies and Personal Biographies.

Stan is experienced in the following areas:

- Night club, cabaret, lounge, and concert entertainer

- Recording artist

- Music Producer

- Music Teacher

- Video Production

- Genealogy