Rosa's Online School:
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PIANO FOR BEGINNERS: Learn Basic Music Harmony to harmonize a song with Basic Chords & 14 Improvisational Piano Tips for your Right Hand!
Here's the Secret: You need to have a good firm foundation of music theory so that you can build color chords onto them. You will learn how to harmonize a song using 3 Basic Chords.
This course covers 7 aspects of Basic Music Theory and 14 Piano Tips to Right Hand Improvisation to the song Away In A Manger.
Another Piano Tip: Piano students have difficulty playing color tones with basic triad chords. In this course, I teach you 2T6 and 3T6 Secret Handshapes so that you can even add color tones to basic triad chords.
**3 Bonus Videos for Total Beginners who want to Read Music Quickly**
There are 2 Major Sections to this Course:
1. Basic Music Theory
a. Song Structure
b. Musical Form
c. Musical Pattern
d. 7 Diatonic Chords
e. Basic Triad Chords
f. How To Quickly Read Music
g. Harmony Rule to Harmonize a song with Chord I, IV, V7
h. Harmonize Away In A Manger with Chord I, IV, V7
2. Practical PIano Techniques for Right Hand Improvisation
This course concentrates on giving you a variety of creative way to improvise with your right hand. You need to learn how to make good use of your fingers, especially the middle finger: R3
1. Piano Tip 1: 5 Finger Trick - One tone melody
2. Piano Tip 2: R3 Finger Slide Trick to make Bluesy sounds
3. Piano Tip 3: R1 - R3 Finger Trick - Melody in 3rds.
4. Piano Tip 4: Roll the Melody in 3rds & Echo
5. Piano Tip 5: R3 Finger Trick to create Mordant Triplet
6. Piano Tip 6: R3 Finger to create 5 Note Turn
7. Piano Tip 7: Secret Handshape of 2T6 to play Melody in 6ths easily
8. Piano Tip 8: Roll the 6ths
9. Piano Tip 9: R1 Thumb Trick to mix Melody in 3rds and 6ths
10. Piano Tip 10: Secret Handshape of 3T6 to splash in color tones
11. Piano Tip 11: Easy Techniques to Play Chord Inversions
12. Piano Tip 12: Rosa's Secret Technique of Transfer Chord
13. Piano Tip 13: Add a Tag to the ending of the Song - Amen Chord
14. Piano Tip 14: Easy F Key and Chord Inversions
Have fun playing Away In A Manger in a creative way improvising around the melody tones.
About Rosa's Online School:
IN the video, I reharmonized a basic song "Away In A Manger" with lots of color tones.
Now the song Away In A Manger doesn't sound like a simple children song anymore.
In this Reharmonization Kit 1 - I want to take you step by step to different levels so that you can see how to turn a simple song to more sophisticated colorful professional sounds.
It took me years and years of study to understand "Music Harmony" in the academic studies.
My approach here is to take you on a "practical" level to 'Reharmonize" a simple song.
It is called "Reharmonization" because:
We get bored when we play songs with simple basic skeleton.
Level 1 goes through all the simple basics that everyone needs to know, especially total beginners!
I don't want to lose total beginners and I want them to have fun and join in even if you know nothing about music!
Once you have this Level 1 foundation - you can then move on to Level 2 where I show you how to put color tones to turn your basic songs that is no longer basic anymore. It sounds professional.
Can you imagine where Level 10 will take you?
Truly, people will be amazed at your knowledge.
Move on slowly from one level to the next!
I am here to guide you along step by step! :)
It is important that you 'think' in these 4 musical lines when you play the song.
Don't think in 'long' sentences.
I've used 2 different ways to highlight these 4 sentences for you in the video so that you can capture 'how' I think in my head when I play.
Knowing how to think is as important as knowing the concept.
Many people know the answers to concepts.
But the 'thinking' in the mind is completely different!
While the outcome is the same, the 'process' of arriving the outcome is just as IMPORTANT!
A song can be harmonized with all these 7 diatonic chords in C Key:
In the Next 5 Videos, I will show you the following parts:
1. C Scale Tones
2. Triads are Formed on the Scale Tones
3. Chords Have Names
4. 7 Diatonic Chords
5. Roman Numerals
Download the Music Score Sheet of Away In A Manger.
You can use this score sheet at the piano!
For those of you who do not know how to 'read music',
I have prepared 3 EXTRA Bonus Videos for you to learn to read music quickly.
Reading music does not need to be complicated at all:
Step 1: Identify the Notes on the Piano
Step 2: Read the Treble Clef notes only
Step 3: Match the melody notes to the piano
Download the Music Notes for Away In A Manger
in the download tab.
Play these 3 Chords on the Piano.
If you are a total beginner, practice these 3 chords until you know them inside out.
C Chord: C E G
F Chord: F A C
G7 Chord: G B D F
Go to the piano and find out which chord goes with the melody tones.
RH: Play just the melody tone
LH: Play Block Chord Tones
C Chord: C E G C
F Chord: F A C F
G7 Chord: G B D F
1.Chords tend to change on the beat, so find out what chords are used at the beginning of the measure.
2.In the key of C, the song usually starts on Chord C and ends with Chord C.
You can check the answers in the video.
Match the melody tones to Basic Chords: I IV V7
C F G7
Watch the video in the next lecture!
LH: Play Chord Tones
RH: Play Melody Tones
Listen to the harmonizing sound of the Chords to the Melody tones!
RH: I just play the Chord Sounds.
Even if you don't play the RH melody tones, you can hear the song Away In A Manger in the background.
This tells us that to recognize a song, the most important part is the Chord Progression of the Song rather than the melody tones.
For many of us, the melody tones identify the song.
**You need to know that it is the Chord Progression that identifies the song also**
Once you hear the Chord Progression, you will not have problem identifying the melody tones :)
This time, I just want you to use your ears to pay attention to the chord sounds as they move from one chord to the next.
Chord 1 to Chord IV
You feel that the sound wants to continue.... It is not a restful sound.
The sound wants to go somewhere.
Whereas in the next video, Chord IV to Chord 1 has a 'restful' sound.
Chord IV to Chord 1 - Plagal Cadence.
It has an Amen Sound.
You hear a 'restful sound' as Chord IV goes to Chord I.
Chord 1 to V7 - C to G7
The sounds tell us that the music wants to continue to go somewhere to find a resting place.
The music is not finished..... it wants to to for a resting sound.
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.