Play Piano 4: Improvise on popular song Yesterday chords
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Learn to play LH Stride and Ballad to the Chord progression of Yesterday by Ear. Put in 2-5 to Yesterday for jazzy feel
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Created by Rosa Suen
Last updated 11/2016
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  • 17 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
  • IMPROVISE around the harmonic sounds to Yesterday
  • CREATE melodic lines around the target tones
  • PLAY strides on the Left Hand when improvising
  • PUT in 2-5 Power Chords to dress up the music in Yesterday
  • PLAY smooth voicing on the Left Hand
  • ENJOY playing Yesterday with chords by ear
  • PLAY freely without music sheet
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  • students should have a basic understanding about chords

Play Piano 4:  Play Popular Songs By Ear Using Chord Progression!  Improvise & Put 2-5 Power Chords to Yesterday + WORKBOOK

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 "Yesterday", I show you how to take a tune from its basic harmony  ( I  IV  V7 )  to advanced sophisticated chords.  

"Yesterday" was composed by Paul McCartney during the Beattle's tour of France in 1964.  However, the song was not released until the summer of 1965.  Before it was released, the title was originally called 'Scrambled Eggs'  but later the Beattles wanted it to be a one word title and that's how "Yesterday" came into being.   

First, we need to establish a harmonic foundation to the song with basic chords so that you understand how complex chords come into play.  

I also 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.

Learn 2-5 Powr Chord Rules & Chord Substitutions to "Yesterday Improvisation".  

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

In the full arrangement, you will be playing these chords: 

  • CM9
  • Am7
  • FM9
  • D7/F#
  • G7
  • Bm7
  • Bm7b5
  • E7
  • Am7/G
  • Am7/F
  • Am7/E
  • Db7
  • G7b9
  • CM7/B
  • G7/B

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  • students who want to learn to improvise
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Curriculum For This Course
63 Lectures
Introduction to the Course
3 Lectures 03:08

Key Manual: Chords Movement in Circle to the Use of 2-5 Slide Rule

Rosa's 2-5 Power Chord Method Manual
Improvisation Skill #1: Use Chord Method to Improvise on Chord Progression
8 Lectures 11:37
Basic Chords - Sheet Music for Yesterday

Tone Motion Voice Leading

Play Chords in Both Hands

Piano Demo: Play Chords to Yesterday

Listen to the Chord Progression played in its basic harmonic sounds

LH plays Ballad to the Basic Harmonic Sounds of Yesterday

How LH Ballad fits when there are 2 Chords in a Bar

Train Your Ears to listen to the Chord Progression of Yesterday
Improvisation Skill #2: RH Improvise around the Target Tones
5 Lectures 11:33
Workbook on Improvising around target tones

Right Hand Improvises with scale tones from below

Right Hand Improvises with scale tones from above

Right Hand Improvises with scale tones from above & below

Improvise Skill #3: Put in Power Chords Dm7 G7 Before C
6 Lectures 04:41
Yesterday - Chord Chart in Basic Chords

Yesterday - WorkBook - Dm7 G7 in Yesterday

Piano Demo in Line 1 Bar 4: Dm7 G7

Piano Demo in Line 3 Bar 4: Dm7 G7

Piano Demo in Line 5 Bar 3: Dm7 G7

Piano Demo in Line 6 Bar 3: Dm7 G7
Improvise Skill #3: Put in 2-5 Chords before F
1 Lecture 00:18
Workbook Activities
Improvise Skill #4: Put in 2-5 Chords before G7
3 Lectures 02:57
Workbook Activitites

Piano Demo in Line 2 Bar 2: Am7 D7

Piano Demo in Line 4 Bar 2: Am7 D7
Reharmonization Step # 5: Put in 2-5 in all the other empty spots
1 Lecture 00:42
The 2-5 Slide Rule
Line 1 in Yesterday - Put in 2-5 Power Chords in all the empty places
8 Lectures 12:08
Workbook for Line 1

Line 1 Bar 2: Bm7 E7

Line 1 Bar 2: Bm7 E7 Am

Line 1 Bar 3: Am Am/G

Line 1 Bar 3: Am Fillers Play Along

Final Chord Chart for Line 1

Line 1: Why the progression works
Line 2 in Yesterday - Put in 2-5 Power Chords
5 Lectures 04:13
Workbook for Yesterday Line 2

Piano Demo in Line 2 Bar 1 & 2 & 3

Piano Demo in Line 2 - Why progression works

Piano Demo in Line 2: Add in Interesting Fillers
Line 3 & 4 in Yesterday - Put in 2-5 Power Chords
3 Lectures 02:21
Workbook for Line 3 & 4 - Yesterday

Piano Demo in Line 3 Chord Progression

Piano Demo in Line 4 Chord Progression
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About the Instructor
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.

She is now an instructor at Udemy. Come and join her hundreds of students to play piano in a fun and creative way.