Piano Building Blocks: Chord Additions & Variations
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Piano Building Blocks: Chord Additions & Variations

Take piano chords to the next level - learn how YOU can make your keyboard playing amazing with colorful, unique chords!
4.8 (8 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.
638 students enrolled
Created by Nathan Lawrence
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Play variations on common chords, such as "2" chords, "7th" chords, "sus" chords, and more!
  • Use variations on common chords to make their own playing and improvisation more compelling and interesting.
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  • Students will benefit from a keyboard or piano to play along with the course.

In our first course, Piano Building Blocks, we learned the 24 most common chords - the building blocks of all music. Most pop music can be played using those 24 common chords. 

This course teaches you what to do when you encounter some of the exceptions to that rule. Sometimes a moment in a song will sound beautiful and unique because, instead of a plain major or minor chord, the composer used a "2" chord, or a "sus" chord, or maybe a "dim" chord. If you don't know what those symbols mean, you can't get the exact sound of the song that you were hoping for.

In simple language and easy-to-follow visual examples, you will learn how to play the special additions and variations to major and minor chords that often pop up in music today. You'll also learn how to use these variations to make your own playing style more interesting.

Don't forget to sign up for Piano Building Blocks: Learn the 24 Most Common Chords in conjunction with this course. "Additions & Variations" builds onto the foundation of that course. It's not required, but it will explain standard major and minor piano chords in much more detail than this course does. If you find you don't understand something in this video, just check out the "24 Most Common Chords" course and any confusion will clear right up.

Who is the target audience?
  • Recommended for ages 10 to adult.
  • Great for beginner or intermediate piano players who already know a little bit about chords.
  • Great for intermediate piano players who have never learned to play by chord before.
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Curriculum For This Course
9 Lectures
1 Lecture 04:36

By the end of this video, you'll know what to expect from this course, what kinds of students will benefit most from this course, and how to practice and participate with this course.

Preview 04:36
Chord Additions & Variations
6 Lectures 48:38

In this video you'll learn what a 2 chord is and you'll be able to play every single 2 chord built on every single piano key.

Preview 13:26

In this video you'll learn a few different ways to incorporate 2 chords into your playing.

Preview 04:27

This video covers the definition of a suspended chord and shows you how to play all the suspended chords.

The Suspended ["sus"] Chord

Here you'll learn what a "no 3" chord is and its function in certain styles of music.

The "no 3" Chord

This video covers a more unusual chord; the diminished chord. You'll learn all the diminished chords and you'll see how they connect to each other.

The Diminished Chord

This video will teach you about the unique sound and purpose of an augmented chord and you'll learn how to play all the augmented chords.

The Augmented Chord

Simple Variation Quiz
6 questions
Introduction to 7th Chords and Beyond
1 Lecture 05:47
7th Chords & Beyond
Introduction to Chord Inversions & Final Wrap-Up
1 Lecture 07:14
Final Wrap-Up & Introduction to Chord Inversions
About the Instructor
Nathan Lawrence
4.7 Average rating
30 Reviews
1,636 Students
5 Courses
B.A. Music Ed., Piano Teacher (15+ yrs), Worship Leader

Nathan has been playing piano for about 25 years and has taught one-on-one lessons for about 15 years. He has a B.A. in Music Education from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. He has taught over 100 piano students in traditional face-to-face lessons, not to mention all the students he teaches through Udemy.

He combines his classical music theory experience with the fun and excitement of modern music. His videos have a personal and relaxed style, with practical, condensed teaching that helps you learn lots of content at whatever pace you like.

He’s played keyboard in hundreds of worship services throughout the U.S. and has been recorded on over a dozen CD projects. He served as a worship leader for over a dozen years in addition to being a music teacher. He lives in Iowa with his wonderful family, a couple fish, and a leopard gecko.