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.
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.
In this video you'll learn a few different ways to incorporate 2 chords into your playing.
This video covers the definition of a suspended chord and shows you how to play all the suspended chords.
Here you'll learn what a "no 3" chord is and its function in certain styles of music.
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.
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.
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.