Play By Ear #3: Use 3 Major Chord Trick to Harmonize Songs

Play songs by EAR & recognize places where chord changes in songs. Learn Music Theory & Play by Ear Techniques listening
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Published 1/2015 English

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Play by Ear Method Level 3:

Learn to harmonize songs by EAR with my 3 Chord Harmony Trick. Learn Music Theory & Music Techniques to listen to how chord changes in songs.

Are you bored to tears playing piano?

As I am writing out this page, I just received the following message from my student Barbara who has been taking my piano courses one after another:

"We are on fire with the need to accomplish goals and you are a God given teacher!! :) I seem to be having a love affair with my piano now....can't get enough and want to be with the keys all day. It's a wonderful feeling. I praise God for all the knowledge and you for sharing your talent."

Start picking up the Skill to PLAY by EAR and your piano playing is going to take off like it has for my student here. You will be in love with your piano, playing your music, making music at the piano ALL day! Believe me, I see this happening to students all the time.

Learn to play by EAR and learn how to harmonize songs by EAR! It is a very comprehensive in-depth study so that you will be able to pick up this skill IMMEDIATELY.

You need to free your mind from reading notes, free your mind from memorizing things, and just concentrate on LISTENING to SOUNDS, listening to CHORD progressions, listening to the sounds you play at the piano. This is what piano playing is about!

My students are having so much FUN and on FIRE at the piano from one course to another. This is Level 3 of part of the Play by Ear Series.

Overview of the Course:

In this course, you are going to learn about CHORDS & MELODY in Harmony!

You will pick up 34 Magic Tips & a total of 17 Songs to practice on so that you can harmonize hundreds of songs with only 3 Chords: I, IV, V7

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Part A: Melody Tones vs Chord Tones

Play by Ear Tip 1: Distinguish Melody Tones from Chord Tones

Play by Ear Tip 2: Chords are built from scale tones

Play by Ear Tip 3: Listen to the 3 Tone Chords

Play by Ear Tip 4: Triad Chord Tones: R 3 5 or 1 3 5

Play by Ear Tip 5: Triad Chords in C Key - 7 Diatonic Chords

Play by Ear Tip 6: Many songs can be harmonized with 3 Major Chords

Part B: Tonic Chord I and its distinctive character

Play by Ear Tip 7: Chord 1 (R 3 5) is C Chord in Key C

Play by Ear Tip 8: Use Left Hand to Play Chords: R 3 5

Play by Ear Tip 9: Chord 1 Harmonizes with Melody tones: 1, 3, 5

Play by Ear Tip 10: Chord 1 is the Home Chord - Beginning and End

Play by Ear Tip 11: Find Places where you can put in Chord 1

Play by Ear Tip 12: Study the tones of each measure to see what tones dominant

Part C: V7 Dominant Chord and its distinctive character

Play by Ear Tip 13: Dominant Chord is V7 in the Scale

Play by Ear Tip 14: Formula for V7 - R 3 5 b7

Play by Ear Tip 15: The personality of V7 Chord

Play by Ear Tip 16: V7 harmonizing melody tones

Play by Ear Tip 17: V7 Chord has a Tritone creating highest tension interval (4 and 7)

Play by Ear Tip 18: V7 Dissonant Chord Moving to Stable Chord I

Play by Ear Tip 19: V7 to I has a Perfect Cadence Sound

Play by Ear Tip 20: V Chord harmonizes with melody tones 7, 2, 5

Play by Ear Tip 21: V7 Chord harmonizes with melody tones 7, 2, 5, 4

Play by Ear Tip 22: How to Write Chord Progression of Songs

Part D: Subdominant Chord IV and its distinctive character

Play by Ear Tip 23: Chord IV Subdominant Chord - F Chord

Play by Ear Tip 24: Chord IV Formula: R 3 5

Play by Ear Tip 25: Chord IV in relation to Chord I & V7

Play by Ear Tip 26: Chord IV is a travelling chord

Play by Ear Tip 27: Chord IV has 2 movements

Play by Ear Tip 28: Ending of a Chord Progression IV to I - Plagal Cadence

Play by Ear Tip 29: Chord IV harmonizes with melody tones: 4, 6, 1

Play by Ear Tip 30: Left Hand F Block Chords & RH Harmonizing Tones

Part E: Rosa's Easy Play By Ear Method - 3 Chord Melody Tone Trick

Play by Ear Tip 31: Melody Chord Theory

Play by Ear Tip 32: Three Chord trick covers all 7 Scale Tones

Play by Ear Tip 33: Which chord to choose when tones appear in both?

Play by Ear Tip 34: Chord Trick: I IV V7

17 Songs:

1. Clementine

2. Ode to Joy

3. On Top Of Old Smokey

4. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

5. Amazing Grace

6. Oh Danny Boy

7. Blessed be the Tie that Binds

8. This is my Father's world

9. Today

10. Bridge Over Troubled Water

11. Day By Day

12. Auld Lang Syne

Bonus Gospel Songs:

13. Trust and Obey

14. Be Still and Know

15. Deeper, Deeper

16. Thanks to God

17. Just As I am

Bonus Popular Songs:

18. You are my Sunshine

19. Silent Night

20. Do Re Mi

21. Edelweiss

22. Unchained Melody

23. Moon River

24. Away In a Manger

25. Yesterday

In Depth Study on these Chord Changes:

1. I to IV

2. IV to I

3. I to V7

4. IV to V7

5. V7 to I

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What are the requirements?

  • Know how to pick out melodies of songs
  • Preferably they have taken my Play By Ear Method 1 course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Listen to Chord Tones
  • Distinguish Chord Tones from Melody tones
  • How Chord Tones are formed
  • Listen Deeply to the characters of the Chord I, IV, V7
  • Hear the Home Base Chord
  • Listen to the Key of the Song
  • Distinguish Chord 1 from Chord V7
  • Spot why Chord V7 is a tension chord
  • Understand Leading Tone
  • Know which melody tones harmonize with which chord
  • Feel the distinct character of Chord 1
  • Feel the tension of the song
  • Know where to spot the dissonance of Chord V7
  • Hear how Chord IV travels within the melody
  • Play many songs using my 3 Chord Trick
  • Listen to how chord IV is distinctively a Travelling Chord
  • Identify the transient chords
  • Identify the Plagal Amen Chord Ending
  • Train your ears to listen to moods of the song
  • Feel the song when it goes up to a tension sound
  • Feel the calming and gentle nature of the Amen Ending
  • Feel the release of tension when V7 goes to I

What is the target audience?

  • People who dream to play by ear
  • all musicians whether they play guitar, piano, ukulele, violin, etc

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
Learn to Harmonize Right Hand Harmonize Melody Tones with Left Hand Chords
Preview
04:05
Overview of the Course
Article
Section 2: We use Chords to Harmonize Songs
03:51

Play By Ear - Listen to Chords

Chord Tones have a whole set of tones that are different from melody tones.

Pay attention to the harmonizing tones

03:59

Play By Ear

Chords are built on Scale Tones

The Root of the Chord are scale tones

Section 3: Triad Chords - 1 3 5 or R 3 5
01:47

Play by Ear - Listen to 3 Tone Chords and how the tones harmonize with each other.

02:42

Play By Ear

Chord Tones:

R - Root tone

3 - 3rd Tone

5 - 5th Tone

Section 4: Triad Chords in C Key
02:07

Play By Ear

Triad Chords in Key of C - 7 Diatonic Chords

3 Major Chords

3 minor chords

1 diminished chord

01:33

Play By Ear

Know that hundreds of songs can be harmonized with 3 Major Chords

Section 5: Chord 1 - R 3 5 is Chord C in Key of C
02:15

Play By Ear

Chord 1 Tone: R 3 5 or 1 3 5

01:58

Play By Ear

LH: Play Chords

RH: Melody Tones

02:26

Play By Ear

Chord 1 harmonizes with Melody tones: 1, 3, 5

01:45

Play By Ear - Clementine

Follow the EZ steps to pick out the melody tones of Clementine

01:31

Play By Ear - Clementine

Write out the 7 tone music for Clementine

This is a 3/4 Song

Play Clementine - 7 tone Music
00:50
02:05

Play By Ear

Chord 1 - Home Chord

Chord 1 - Home Base Chord

Chord 1 - Determines the Key of the Song

01:51

Play By Ear

Chord 1 appears a lot in a song.

It has a stable sound.

03:34

Play By Ear

1. Use your ears to determine where to place Chord I

2. To check your answer, use my Chord 1 Trick:

a. Look at each bar and see what kind of tones there are

b. For Chord 1: Look for Tones 1, 3, and 5

c. If the Bar contains 1 3 and 5, then Chord 1 is the most suitable chord

d. If the Bar contains other tones: figure which kind of tones dominate the bar

e. By deduction, you can figure out which chord fits in which bar

Section 6: Chord V7 -Dominant Chord
01:51

Play By EAR

Dominant V7 is G7 in Key of C

01:16

Play By Ear

Dominant 7 - V7 formula is:

R 3 5 b7

or

1 3 5 b7

Memorize this formula in your head!

01:30

Play By Ear

Dominant chord is given that name because it has a dominating sound. It creates high tension. It gives a very unstable sound that wants to resolve!

03:57

Play by EAR

V7 Chord likes to harmonize with these melody tones:

5 2 7 4

06:45

Play By Ear

V7 Chord contains a TRITONE interval.

Tones 4 and Tones 7 are 6 semi tones apart - Creates a lot of tension with a very unstable sound

04:48

Play By Ear

V7 dissonant chord wants to resolve to Chord 1, a most stable home chord.

02:50

Play By EAR

V7 to I Chord Progression has a Perfect Cadence sound

Section 7: Chord V & Chord V7 - G Chord & G7 Chords in C Key
Magic Tip 20: V Chord harmonizes with Melody tones: 7, 2, 5
01:40
Magic Tip 21: V7 Chord harmonizes with Melody tones: 7, 2, 5, 4
01:56
Section 8: Song 1: Clementine
Assignment: Clementine - Put in V and V7 into the song by EAR
01:24
Answer to Clementine - Places to put in V and V7
01:42
Magic Tip 22: How to write Chord Progression of Songs - Only when Chord changes
02:18
00:46

Clementine Play By Ear

Follow the video and practice along!

Section 9: The Most Basic Songs - Chord 1 & V7 Alternating
Song 2: Assignment - Ode to Joy (Beethoven Symphony No. 9)
01:18
Homework: Pick out the melody of the song using the 7-tone number method
01:10
Answer to Ode to Joy - 7 Tone Music Explained
03:13
Play Ode to Joy Demo - 7 tone music
01:27
Homework Ode to Joy : Put in Chord 1 & Chord V7
03:53
Ode to Joy Chords Explained Fully
05:19
02:00

Ode To Joy Play By Ear

Follow the video and practice along!

Section 10: Chord IV - Subdominant Chord
Magic Tip 23: Chord IV - Subdominant Chord - F Chord in Key of C
01:10
Magic Tip 24: Chord IV Formula: R 3 5
01:04
Magic Tip 25: Chord IV in relation to Chord 1 & V7
02:01
Magic Tip 26: Chord IV is a Travelling Chord
02:37
Magic Tip 27: Chord IV has 2 movements in Basic Chord Progression
01:13
Magic Tip 28: Ending of a Chord Progression - IV to I - Plagal Cadence
01:07
Magic Tip 29: Chord IV harmonizes with melody tones 4, 6, 1
02:29
Magic Tip 30: Left Hand F Block Chords + RH Harmonizing Tones
01:14
Section 11: Song 3: On Top Of Old Smokey - Chord IV moving to I
Song Assignment: Listen to On Top Of Old Smokey
01:43
PIck out melody tones of On Top Of Old Smokey
00:56
Answer to On Top Of Old Smokey - 7 tone Music
01:21
Homework: Put in the Chords into "On Top Of Old Smokey"
01:18
Harmonizing Chords to On Top Of Old Smokey
03:44
01:49

On Top Of Old Smokey Play By Ear

Follow the video and practice along!

Chord Progression of On Top Of Old Smokey: I IV I V7 I
01:47
Section 12: Song 4: We Wish You A Merry Christmas - Chord IV going to V7
Song Assignment - Write out the melody tones of We Wish You A Merry Christmas
01:11
Answer to We Wish You A Merry Christmas 7 Tone Music
01:46
Homework: Put Chords 1, IV, V7 to We Wish You A Merry Christmas
01:10
02:37

We Wish You A Merry Christmas - Play By Ear

Extra note:

In the 3rd measure where you see that I extend Chord IV, the tones are: 22321

With these tones 22321, you would expect a V7 there instead.

But when you play this song, the chord change doesn't occur until the next measure with 7 & 5 tones.

You might then wonder: Chord IV has tones: 4 6 1 and how does Chord IV go with tones: 22321.

Right now we are dealing with only Major Basic chords.

In later advanced lessons, you will find that tone "2" is a good color tone for Chord IV. Tone 2 does not clash with Chord IV but add extra flavor and color to the sound of Chord IV.

At this point, I don't want to introduce color tones to you yet, so that you can just concentrate on listening to chord changes! Your ears will tell you when to change chord.

Most of the time, our general guidelines regarding 'tone numbers' matching with Chords work, but we also need to allow some situations where the song calls for color tones and in this situation "We Wish you a merry Christmas" does call for that to happen.

Harmonizing songs are fun!

Different songs have different characteristics!

Just like different people have different personalities traits.

Even our children, they are born to the same parents but they still have their unique trait.

02:01

We Wish You A Merry Christmas Play By Ear

Follow the video and practice along!

Chord Progression of We Wish You A Merry Christmas: I IV V7 I IV V7 I
01:10
Section 13: Rosa's 3 Chord Melody Tone Trick
BIG Magic Tip 31: Melody - Chord Theory in 3 Chord Melody Trick
06:26
Magic Tip 32: Three Chord Trick Method Covers all 7 Scale Tones
03:16
BIG Magic Tip 33: Which chord to choose when melody tones belong to both?
07:20
Magic Tip 34: 3 Chord Trick - I IV V7
03:24
01:29

3 Chord Trick - Play By Ear

Follow the video and practice along!

Section 14: Song 5: Amazing Grace
Listen to the music of Amazing Grace - My Rendition
04:00
Homework: Work out the 7 tone music to Amazing Grace
01:16
Answer - 7 Tone Music to Amazing Grace
02:56
Homework: Put in the Chords to Amazing Grace - I IV V7 in Key of C
01:39
Answer to the Chords in Amazing Grace - I IV V7 in Key of C
03:18
02:32

Play By Ear!

Amazing Grace

Here I played V rather than V7.

You can play V7 in place of V.

V7 sounds better.

If you are a beginner, you can play with V first.

Amazing Grace Chord Progression; I IV I V7 I IV I V7 I
02:35
Section 15: Song 6: Oh Danny Boy - Play by Ear
Homework: Pick out the melody tones of Oh Danny Boy in Key of C
Article
Answer to Danny Boy - 7 Tone Music
Article
Homework: Put in the Chord changes in Oh Danny Boy
Article
Answer - Oh Danny Boy 3 Chord Trick Harmony
Article
03:15

Oh Danny Boy Play By Ear

Follow the video and practice along!

Section 16: Song 7: Folk Song - Blessed be The Tie that Binds - Play By Ear
Homework: Pick out the melody tones of "Blessed Be The Tie that Binds
Article
Answer to Blessed be the Tie that Binds - 7 Tone Music
Article
Homework: Put in the Chord Changes to Blessed be the Tie That Binds
Article
Article

Blessed Be The Tie That Binds - 3 Chord Song

The V can also be played with V7

03:20

Blessed by the Tie That Binds Play By Ear

Follow the video and practice along!

Section 17: Song 8: Folk Song - This is My Father's World - Play By Ear
Homework: Pick out melody tones of "This is My Father's World" in Key of C
Article
Answer - This is My Father's World in 7 Tone Music
Article
Homework - Put the 3 Chords into the song This is My Father's World
Article

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Instructor Biography

Rosa Suen, Best Seller Music Teacher, 35 Years Pianist, 25,00+ students

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.

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