Play Piano 14: Improvise on Moon River by Ear Power Chords
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Learn how to do transfer chord to do flowing Improvisation. Dress up Moon River with 2-5 chords for music arrangement.
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Created by Rosa Suen
Last updated 12/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • IDENTIFY the basic chords to the song Moon River
  • DRESS up the music from its basic form to advance chords
  • UNDERSTAND how chord substitution works in a song
  • LISTEN to the chord progression of a song
  • KNOW how to improvise over the chord progression of a song
  • APPLY 2-5 Power chords to the song
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  • Students need to have some understanding of chords

Play Piano 14:  Play Popular Songs By Ear Using Chord Progression!  Improvise & Put 2-5 Power Chords to "Moon River"  + WORKBOOKS

I have developed this Amazing 2-5 Power Chord Reharmonization Method to help you gain success to playing your favorite standards.


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 2-5 Power Chords are found in many standards and popular movie themes.  They make rich full sounds that will captivate your audience wanting more.

In this song "Moon River", I show you how to take a tune from its basic harmony  ( I  IV  V7 )  to advanced sophisticated chords.  

"Moon River" is composed by Henry Mancini in 1961 with lyrics written by Johnny Mercer.  The song won the year's Academy Award for Best Original Song.  It was originally sung in the movie "Breakfast Tiffany's" by Audrey Hepburn.  In 1962, the song won the Grammy Award Record of the year.

Here's the Secret to this Song:  The Basic Chord progression constantly move between Chord I and Chord IV.  You often see the progression moving from C - F - C - F - C - F - C.  The song uses a lot of chord extensions of the color chords so that you don't need to make too many changes to the basic chords.. You will also discover 2 chord patterns of this song: moving down in 3rds and moving in the Circle of 5ths.

We are going to follow a Play by Ear Procedure:

First, we need to establish a harmonic foundation to the song with basic chords so that you understand how complex chords come into play.   You are going to improvise the song with basic chord progression by EAR.

I put in a section on Easy Improvisation.  I show you different ways to improvise around the chord progressions so that you learn "tone motion voice leading".  Even when you don't play the actual melody of the song, you can hear the song in the background when you play the harmonic chord progressions. This is a good ear training program to help you play many standard and pop songs by EAR.

Second, Learn 2-5 Powr Chord Rules & Chord Substitutions to "Unchained Melody Improvisation". 

In this song, I teach you how to use 2-5 Power chords to reharmonize the song from the harmonic basic chord foundation.  

  • Learn how an easy chord progression of using 2-5 standards chord progressions. 
  •  Learn how to create half-step chromatic movement to create descending sounding basslines.  

In the full arrangement, you will be playing the song in Key of G with the following chords: 

  • C
  • CM9
  • C7
  • Am11
  • Am7
  • F7#11
  • Em7
  • Bm7b5
  • E7b9
  • Gm7
  • Fm7
  • Bb7
  • F#m7b5
  • B7
  • A7
  • A7b9
  • Am7/G
  • Am13/F#
  • F13
  • C6/9 

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Who is the target audience?
  • Students who want to play standards by EAR
  • Students who want to Improvise Freely
  • Students who want to know how to dress up a song with advanced chords
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Curriculum For This Course
88 Lectures
Introduction & Overview of the Course
4 Lectures 04:37

Introductory Workbook 1: Understand 2-5 Power Chord Method

Rosa's 2-5 Power Chord Step by Step Method Manual

Rosa's DIY 2-5 Power Chord Slide Rule Template
Basic Chords & Sheet Music to Moon River
1 Lecture 00:07
Workbook 2 - Fun Activities
Improvisation Skill 1: Improvise on the Basic Harmonic Structure of the song
6 Lectures 09:22
Workbook 3 - Fun Activities

Section A B A' C

Tone Motion Voice Leading

Improvisation with Chord Captions

Improvisation with Lyrics Captions

Improvisation Skill 2: Learn Transfer Chord Technique
7 Lectures 04:52
Workbook 4 - Fun Activities

Transfer Chord Technique - Right Hand Takes Over

Section A - Improvise Moon River with Transfer Chord Technique

Section B - Improvise Moon River with Transfer Chord Technique

Section A' - Improvise Moon River with Transfer Chord Technique

Section C - Improvise Moon River with Transfer Chord Technique
Improvisation Skill 3: Learn Ballad Chord Technique
3 Lectures 02:01
Workbook 5 - Fun Activities

The Finger Pattern
Improvisation Skill 4: Improvise with target tones approach
9 Lectures 05:32
Workbook 6 - Fun Activities

Target Tones from Below: Section A Line 1 to Line 2

Target Tones from Below: Section B Line 3 to Line 4

Target Tones from below: Section A Line 5 to Line 6

Target Tones From Below: Section C Line 7 to 9

Target Tones from Above: Section A: Line 1 to Line 2

Target Tones from Above: Section B: Line 3 to Line 4

Target Tones from Above: Section A': Line 5 to Line 6

Improvisation Skill 5: Put 2-5 Power Chord before Chord I
6 Lectures 03:35
Workbook 7 - Fun Activities

Dm7 G7 CM7

Line 2 Bar 3&4: Dm7 G7

Line 4 Bar 4: Dm7 G7

Line 6 Bar 3&4: Dm7 G7

Line 9 Bar 3: Dm7 G7
Improvisation Skill 6: Put 2-5 Power Chord before IV
3 Lectures 01:30
Workbook 8 - Fun Activities

Gm7 C7 FM7

Line 3 Bar 2: Gm7 C7
Improvisation Skill 7: Put 2-5 Power Chord before V7
5 Lectures 02:38
Workbook 9 - Fun Activities

Am7 D7 G7

Line 2 Bar 2: Am7 D7

Line 4 Bar 3&4: Am7 D7

Line 6 Bar 2&3: Am7 D7
Improvisation Skill 8: Put More 2-5 Power Chords in Line 1
4 Lectures 03:36
Workbook 10 - Fun Activities

Apply Other Chord Substitutions in the empty spots

Final Chord Chart for Line 1

Why the Progression works
10 More Sections
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Rosa Suen
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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.

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