Play Piano 9: Improvise on The Way You Look Tonight Chords
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Play and Improvise on chord progression of The Way You look Tonight in C Key & Eb Key. Learn Key Modulation changing key
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Created by Rosa Suen
Last updated 12/2016
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  • 17 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
  • IMPROVISE on the chord progression of The Way You Look Tonight
  • LISTEN to the basic harmonic sounds of The Way You Look Tonight
  • PLAY Left Hand Smooth Closed Voicing to the 2-5 Power Chords
  • IDENTIFY the basic chords of the song
  • APPLY 2-5 Major Chords to the song
  • APPLY 2-5 Minor Chords to the song
  • IMPROVISE with Left Hand Ballad Swing
  • PLAY runs and filler tones in the improvisation
  • CREATIVELY play over the chord progression of the song
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  • Have a little understanding about chords

Play Piano 9:  Play Popular Songs By Ear Using Chord Progression!  Improvise & Put 2-5 Power Chords to "The Way You Look Tonight"  + 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 "The Way You Look Tonight", I show you how to take a tune from its basic harmony  ( I  IV  V7 )  to advanced sophisticated chords.  

"The Way You Look Tonight" is a song featured in the film Swing Time, originally performed by Fred Astaire.  It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1935.   The song was written by Jermoe Kern with lyrics by Dorothy Fields and has become an all time favorite standard.

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.

Here's a Secret to this song:  There is a CHANGE of Key in the Bridge.

  • If you play this entire song in 1 Key, you will hit a brick wall.
  • There is a change of Key in the Bridge Section.
  • If you play this in Key of C, the Bridge will be Eb key.
  • If you play this in Key of Eb, the Bridge will be Gb key.

In is Song, on top of  learning improvisation, I will also include a section on Rule to Do Key Modulation!  In this way, you will learn how to transpose a song from one Key to the next easily.

Learn 2-5 Powr Chord Rules & Chord Substitutions to "The Way You Look Tonight".  

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: From C Key to Eb Key

  • EbM7
  • Edim7
  • Cm7
  • Fm7
  • Bb7
  • Gm7
  • F#dim7
  • Dm7
  • D7
  •  G7
  • A7
  •  Em7,
  • Em7b5
  • Am7
  • C7
  • CM9
  • F
  • G7b9

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Who is the target audience?
  • students who want to play by ear
  • students who want to learn to improvise
  • students who love to play standards and popular songs
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Curriculum For This Course
75 Lectures
Introduction to the Course
4 Lectures 05:33

Introductory Workbook 1 - Power Chord Method & 2-5 Slide Rule

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 "The Way You Look Tonight"
1 Lecture 00:09
Workbook 2 - Lyrics & Improv Sheet Music to "The Way You Look Tonight"
Improvisation Skill 1: Improvise on the Basic Harmonic Structure of the song
2 Lectures 01:55
Workbook 3 for the Basic Chords to The Way We Look Tonight

Improvisation Skill 2: Establish Harmonic Structure of the song
8 Lectures 14:29
Workbook 4 to go along with the videos

Tone Motion Voice Leading

LH: Block Chord & RH: First melody tone of each bar

LH: Ballad 10th

LH: Ballad 10th & RH: First melody tone of each bar

LH: Open 10th Swing

Improvisation Skill #3: Right Hand Improvise with Target Tones
7 Lectures 06:06
Workbook 5 Activities: It's Fun!

Target Tones From Below - Piano Demo

Play Along Piano Demo with Captions

Target Tones From Above - Piano Demo

Play Along With Captions

Piano Demo - Tones above or below

Play Along with Captions
Improvisation Skill # 4: Putting in 2-5 Power chord Before C
5 Lectures 05:23
Workbook 6 Activitites - It's FUN!

Line 1 Apply 2-5 Before C

Line 2 Apply 2-5 Before C

Line 3 Apply 2-5 Before C

Line 4 Apply 2-5 Before C
Improvisation Skill # 5: Putting in 2-5 Power chord Before F
3 Lectures 02:47
Workbook 7 + Fun Activities

Line 2 Bar 1: Gm7 C7

Line 4 Bar 1: Gm7 C7
Improvisation Skill Step # 6: Put in 2-5 Before Dominant 7
1 Lecture 00:18
Workbook 8 - Fun Activities
Improvisational Skill # 7 - Apply 2-5 To all the empty places in Line 1
7 Lectures 06:08
Line 1 Workbook 9 Activities - It's FUN!

Line 1 Bar 1: C Am7

Final Chord Chart for Line 1

Line 1 – LH Closed Voicing

Line 1 – LH Closed Voicing + RH

Improvisational Skill #8 - Apply 2-5 To all the empty places in Line 2
7 Lectures 07:35
Line 2 Bar 2: Dm7 G7

Line 2 Bar 3 to Bar 4: Am7 D7

Line 2 Final Chord Progression

Workbook 10 Activities Line 2 - It's FUN!

Line 2 LH Closed Voicing

Line 2 Open Voicing
6 More Sections
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.