Play Piano 8 - Play Over the Rainbow by Ear & Free Improvise
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Play Piano 8 - Play Over the Rainbow by Ear & Free Improvise

Learn how to dress up the music of Over the Rainbow from its basic chords & improvise with advanced 2-5 Power Chords.
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Created by Rosa Suen
Last updated 11/2016
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 19 Articles
  • 18 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
  • IMPROVISE over the song Over the Rainbow
  • APPLY 2-5 Major Chords into the song
  • APPLY 2-5 Minor Chords into the song
  • CREATE new melodic lines using target tones
  • HAVE fun playing impromptu
  • PLAY with close voicing
  • PLAY with open voicing
  • CREATIVELY improvise many 2-5 Chords into all the bars
  • HEAR the music of Over the Rainbow when chord progression is played
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  • have a little understanding of chords

Play Piano 8:  Play Popular Songs By Ear Using Chord Progression!  Improvise & Put 2-5 Power Chords to "Over The Rainbow"  + 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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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 "Over the Rainbow", I show you how to take a tune from its basic harmony  ( I  IV  V7 )  to advanced sophisticated chords.  

"Over the Rainbow"  is a classic Academy Award winning ballad song written by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg. The song was written for the movie, "The Wizard of Oz" and was sung by Judy Garland.  Over time, this song became Garland's signature song.

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 "Over The Rainbow 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
  • A7
  • A9
  • A+
  • F#m7b5
  • B7
  • Em7
  • Em11
  • F
  • FM9
  • Bb7
  • Em7b5
  • B7b9
  • Gm7
  • C7
  • D7
  • Dm7
  • C#dim7
  • G7b9
  • Bb7b9

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Who is the target audience?
  • students who want to learn to improvise
  • students who want to learn to play by ear
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Curriculum For This Course
69 Lectures
Introduction to the Course
4 Lectures 04:17

Introductory WORKBOOK 1 to 2-5 Chords Reharmonization 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 "Over the Rainbow"
1 Lecture 00:08
Workbook 2 - Lyrics & Improv Sheet Music to "Over the Rainbow"
Improvisation Skill 1: Improvise on the Basic Harmonic Structure of the song
3 Lectures 04:51
Improvisation Skill 2: Improvise with target tones approach
7 Lectures 12:59
Workbook 4 - Fun Activities

Piano Play Along of Improvisation - with Caption

Improvise Using Scale Tones from Above

Play Along of Improv of Scale tones from above + captions

Improvise Using Scale Tones from Above + Below

Play Along with Improvisation Scale tones from below + above
5. Improvisation Skill 3: Improvise with runs on chord progression
4 Lectures 05:07
Workbook 5 - Fun Activities

Learn how to do runs in Chord C, F, G

Section A Improvisation with Runs

Improvise with Runs on Over the Rainbow
6. Improvisation Skill 4: Put 2-5 Power Chord before C
4 Lectures 04:54
Workbook 6 - Fun Activities

Line 2 Over the Rainbow - Dm7 G7

Line 4 Over the Rainbow - Dm7 G7

Line 5 Over the Rainbow - Dm7 G7
Improvisation Skill 5: Put 2-5 Power Chord before F
3 Lectures 03:03
Workbook 7 - Fun Activities

Line 1 Gm7 C7 in Closed Voicing

Line 3 Gm7 C7 in Open Voicing
Improvisation Skill 6: Put 2-5 Power Chord before G7
3 Lectures 03:07
Workbook 8 - Fun Activities

Line 5 - Am7 D7 G7

Line 6: Am7 D7 G7
Improvisation Skill 7: Put More 2-5 Power Chords in Line 1
10 Lectures 10:07
Workbook 9 - Fun Activities

Line 1: 2-5 Power chords

Line 1 Bar 1 to Bar 2: F#m7b5 B7

Line 1 Bar 3: F#m7b5 B7

Line 1 Bar 4: Em7 A7

Line 1 Melody tones with 2-5 Power Chords

Line 1 Bar 2: Em7

Line 1: 2-5 Power Chord LH Closed Voicing

Line 1 LH Closed Voicing + RH melody tone

Line 1 Open Voicing
Improvisation Skill 8: Put More 2-5 Power Chords in Line 2
6 Lectures 06:02
WORKBOOK 10 - Fun Activities

Line 2 Bar 2: Em7b5 A+

Line 2 Bar 4: Dm7 G7

Line 2 Bar 1: F Bb7

Final Chord Chart for Line 2 with 2-5 Power Chords

Why Line 2 Chord Progression Works
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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.