Play Piano 6 -Improvise on The Way We Were with Power Chords
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Use 2-5 Power Chords to play by Ear on the popular song "The Way We Were". Learn Improvisational skills.
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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 with chords
  • PLAY the chord progression of The Way We Were by EAR
  • CREATE new melody line with Right Hand Improvisation
  • PLAY freely with both hands improvising on chords
  • KNOW how to easily put in 2-5 Chords into the song
  • DRESS up the music with runs and fills
  • UNDERSTAND how advanced 2-5 Chords work in a song
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  • A little knowledge about chords

Play Piano 6:  Play Popular Songs By Ear Using Chord Progression!  Improvise & Put 2-5 Power Chords to "The Way We Were"  + 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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Course Updated: Nov 1, 2016


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

""The Way We Were" is the theme song written for the popular movie in 1973.  This song was written by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman and performed by Barbara Streisand. It won the Academy Award and ranked no. 8 in the AFI's list of Top 100 Songs.

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 "The Way We Were 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: 

  • CM7
  • C6
  • Am9
  • Am7/G
  • FM7
  • FM9
  • Bm7b5 
  • E7
  • G7
  • G+ 
  • G13
  • F#m7b5
  • B7
  • Dm7
  • Em7
  • G7b9
  • B7b9
  • C7b9
  • Gm7
  • C6/9

Come on in and join us,


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Who is the target audience?
  • Students who love to sing popular songs
  • Students who want to improvise and play by ear
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Curriculum For This Course
62 Lectures
Introduction to the Course
4 Lectures 04:02

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

Rosa's 2-5 Power Chord Method Manual

Rosa's DIY 2-5 Power Chord Slide Rule Template
Basic Chords & Sheet Music for The Way We Were
1 Lecture 00:06
The Way We Were Workbook - Lyrics & Improv Sheet Music
Improvisation Skill 1: Improvise on the Basic Harmonic Structure of the song
4 Lectures 11:36
Workbook to go along with the videos

Improvisation Using Tone Motion Voice Leading

Left Hand Stride Pattern Improvisation

Left Hand Ballad Style Improvisation
Improvisation Skill #2: Right Hand Improvise with Target Tones
4 Lectures 08:23
9. Workbook to go along with the videos

Right Hand Improvise with tones below

Right Hand Improvise with tones above

Right Hand Improvise with Runs & Echo Fillers
Improvisation Skill #3: Introduction Accompaniment
4 Lectures 04:54
Workbook to accompany with the videos

Play Along: Introduction Accompaniment
Improvisation Skill # 4: Putting in 2-5 Power chord Before C
6 Lectures 07:28
Workbook Activities: It's Fun!

Line 1: Apply 2-5 Power Chord before C

Line 2: Apply 2-5 Power Chord before C

Line 3: Apply 2-5 Power Chord before C

Line 4: Apply 2-5 Power Chord before C

Line 5: Apply 2-5 Power Chord before C
Improvisation Skill # 5: Putting in 2-5 Power chord Before F
2 Lectures 02:26
Workbook - Fun Activities

Applying Gm7 C7 before F Chord
Improvisation Skill Step # 6: Put in 2-5 Before Dominant 7
5 Lectures 06:01
Workbook Activities

Line 1 Bar 5 Am7 D7

Line 2 Bar 5 Am7 D7

Line 3 Bar 4 Am7 D7

Line 4 Bar 5 Am7 D7
Improvisational Skill # 7 - Apply 2-5 To all the empty places in Line 1
6 Lectures 05:14
Line 1 Workbook Activities - It's FUN!

Line 1 Bar 4: Bm7b5 E7

Line 1 Bar 1: C6 Em7

Line 1 Bar 2 & 3

Final Chord Chart for Line 1
Improvisational Skill #8 - Apply 2-5 To all the empty places in Line 2
3 Lectures 02:35
Workbook Activities Line 2 - It's FUN!

Line 2 Bar 4: Bm7b5 E7

Final Line 2
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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.