Play Piano by Ear Today! SuperCourse

The Ultimate Piano Chording and Ear Training Course
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  • Lectures 77
  • Length 5.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

Have you ever wanted to play Piano, but didn’t think you have the time or didn’t want to waste YEARS of your life taking private lessons just to play Beethoven and stuff you don’t even listen to?

What you really need is a way to learn Piano at your own pace that will allow you to begin playing REAL songs that you love almost immediately – with the “Play Piano by Ear Today!” SuperCourse!

In this course, you’ll learn the key ingredient to any modern song – chords. The real secret to piano is that ALL modern music is made from patterns called chord progressions that you can easily learn to identify. In fact, Most songs only utilize 2 to 5 simple chords and there are only a handful of patterns to choose from.

This SuperCourse combines a thoughtful mixture of practical music theory and techniques - with ear training and relative pitch exercises in a Fun, Progressive manner. You’ll learn to

  • Take Any Chord Sheet and Use it on the spot
  • Learn fun Bass patterns and harmonic embellishments
  • Play in all popular Rhythm signatures
  • Identify Common Patterns in Everyday Music so you can play from memory
  • Figure out chords in unfamiliar keys using simple chord rules
  • We even have several Jam Tracks so you can play along as you learn more chords and more interesting techniques! Not only that, with each of our short, info-packed lectures, you’ll learn another essential skill that you can immediately take and use.

    Whether you just want to learn in minutes how you can take a chord sheet and instantly play your favorite songs OR you want to learn the Secrets of musicians who can play by ear, this is the course for you.

    ORDER NOW. . . the “Play Piano by Ear Today!” SuperCourse

    What are the requirements?

    • NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED (Except the English Language and your ABC's)
    • It Would Greatly Help to Get a Piano or Keyboard to Follow Along (But Not Required Initially)

    What am I going to get from this course?

    • Play Songs On the Piano/Keyboard with Chords
    • Identify Patterns In Music From the Radio or From Your Mind
    • Distinguish Between Majors and Minors, 7ths, 6ths - ALL Main Chord Patterns!
    • Take Any Chord Sheet and Utilize It
    • Figure Out A Special Chord In A Key You're Not Familiar With - Using Simple Chord Rules
    • Fine Tune Your Ear to Understand Interval and Chord Patterns
    • Play in Several Rhythm Signatures

    Who is the target audience?

    • This Piano Course is meant for anyone who wants to dive in and learn how to play their favorite songs without having to learn to read sheet music.
    • You need this course if you've seen the YouTube viral videos on 4 Chord Songs, but want to understand how you too can learn a few chords and then be able to jam with your musician friends
    • If you want to join a band but don't know anything about Piano. . . grab this course.
    • This course is probably not for you if you're looking to learn about sheet music and more advanced music theories. We want to show you how to play songs you hear on the radio and your favorite albums, not necessarily Bach or Beethovin.
    • If you've taken boring piano lessons before but HATED it - this is not like that. This is engaging, interesting, and most importantly quick and easy!
    • If you already can read sheet music or have memorized piano pieces, but would like to be able to play by ear and play a song quickly and easily, grab this course! Once you learn the secrets of chording, you'll see it's so very easy to pick up - that a great veil has been lifted and you can finally see!

    What you get with this course?

    Not for you? No problem.
    30 day money back guarantee.

    Forever yours.
    Lifetime access.

    Learn on the go.
    Desktop, iOS and Android.

    Get rewarded.
    Certificate of completion.


    Section 1: Section 1: The Basics

    Welcome to the course! This video introduces you to Dan and what our goals are for the course. Basically, we want to give you the tools you need to play music by chords - because it's infinitely faster than learning sheet music, more modern and enables you to play your favorite songs from the radio very quickly!


    First things first. . . before you can learn chords, it helps to know how to find the notes you'll be needing. Check this out!


    Now that we can find a C note, let's not waste time! Learn your first Chord - the C Chord!!


    Next up, we learn the next 2 chords, the F and G chords! It's easy!!!


    Wait - I Can Play a Song Now? Already?

    This is a Jam Track, where we're going to Jam together. That means we'll play music together. Let's do it!


    DID YOU KNOW. . . There are even some songs you can learn that only require 3 chords?!

    In this Lecture, I review several songs you can play that only require 3 Chords! Wow!


    Learn your 4th Chord - the "A" Minor chord. Woo-hoo!


    You only know 4 Chords so far. 4 really easy chords, but would you believe that you have the power to play a majority of the songs out there with just those 4?! It's true. Most songs use between 3 and 6 chords for the entire song! Many of the most popular songs are popular because they're basic and easy for lay people (non-musicians) to enjoy and understand!

    So the most popular ones are sometimes the most basic in chordings!


    You may not believe that you're now able to play millions of songs, but this YouTube Viral video will prove my point. Check this out - your brain may explode with excitement, but that's a risk I'm willing to take.


    Learn how to transform any Major (happy chord) into a Minor (sad chord) with one tiny note shift. It's easy and it's a simple pattern you can use for any key you play in. Major chords and minor chords can be transformed very easily once you know the secret!

    2 questions

    Quick quiz to make sure you're still awake.


    Let's practice these 4 chords by Jamming out together. Grab your piano or keyboard and let's have some fun!

    See "Jam Tracks" in Chapter 5 to get more videos to Jam with. Each have their own variety and challenge to keep you engaged and interested. Woo-hoo!


    Let's learn how the numbers work regardless of what key you're in. They all work in the same patterns!


    The Sustain pedal is very important in order to hold out the sounds when you take your hand off the keys. Knowing when to let up is even more important so the sounds don't blur together. Check this out!


    In the 50s, there was a prominent chord pattern (1,6m,4,5). Let's check it out!


    Let's look at some other patterns


    Look! A "D" Minor chord. How cool!


    A Chord is a group of 2 or more notes that join together in harmony. You can re-arrange those same notes and it gives the chord a slightly different flavor, even if the notes are the same, they're in a different order.


    "E" Minor chord - another really easy chord with all white notes!


    Every Major key (scale) has a relative minor, which is good to know. If you know the relative minor for the key you're in, you can better identify which chords are in use. Check it out!

    Section 2: Different Types of Chords

    Second chords are really pretty. You can use them to add flare and spice up your music. But first, how can you make a 2nd chord in any key?! Watch this!

    2nd chords are also called Suspended 2nd chords because they add some suspense and flare to an otherwise normal major chord. Can be resolved to a major chord after playing a 2nd chord.


    Suspended chords add suspense and usually end in a resolution (major chord). These are also called Suspended 4th chords, because they use the 4th note in the scale.


    The 6th chord is merely a Major chord with an additional note: the M6 note. This is the 6th note in the major scale. You'll learn about the M6 interval in the ear training lessons.


    The minor 6th chord is just like a Minor chord with one additional note, the M6 note. This chord is commonly played right after a major chord of the same root, ex: F major (F) to an F minor 6 (Fm6). It sounds cool, but isn't a super common occurrence.


    A fifth chord is super simple. Omit the 3 note of a major chord and you've got it!


    Major 7th chords are very smooth and beautiful. You'll learn to identify their flavor with practice.


    Seventh chords, also called dominant 7 chords, are used in blues, classic jazz and various other types of music. They have a sharp but interesting sounds, almost dissonant, but yet pleasant, exciting.


    A Minor 7th chord takes the melodic, dramatic, sadness of a minor chord and adds flavors of smoothness and more beauty to the chord. It's hard to explain, but it mellows and smooths out the chord, makes it a little happier and adds character to it. Check this one out!!


    A diminished chord is used in jazz and southern gospel among others. These are commonly used as a transition between chords. A common example is going from a 4 chord to a 5 chord (such as F to G in the key of C), you could use F, F#dim to G. It's easier than it sounds, just watch the clip!

    Note: to diminish means to become less or smaller. Remembering this helps me remember that this chord is taking the 3rd and the 5th of a major chord and 'diminishing' them or lessening them one half step each!


    To augment means to make larger or increase. To make an augmented chord, just augment or increase the 5th of a major chord by one half step. Check it out!


    Inversions are neat! You can take any chord and re-arrange it if you just start the chord with a different note than the root. Try these out after watching this lecture!


    More on inversions!


    If you can invert a 3 note chord, why note a 4 or 5 note chord. You don't have to start the chord with the root note at the far left of the chord.


    A slash chord is pretty common. It just adds a special Bass note in addition to the normal chord.

    Section 3: Ear Training

    Most people claim they can't sing or play instruments because they think they are tone deaf. This is most of the time a misunderstanding. Usually it is an untrained ear or untrained vocal folds and/or hands.

    True tone deafness (amusia) is very very uncommon and that's good news. Chances are good that you can actually train your ear and your listening skills to recognize the relationships that notes have to each other and the subtle differences in types of chords. Training your ear is the 2nd half of learning to play. Anyone can play chords written out on a piece of paper, but to be able to identify the chord patterns, understand the relationships in music - that is playing by ear.


    Here's the first batch of intervals. Study and practice these subtle differences.


    Learn these relationships well also.


    Before you practice your Ear Training exercises on this course, I want to let you know that there are also websites, free games and apps that you can download in order to train on the go whenever you want. These games are dynamic and can be random, unlike my quizzes which could accidentally be memorized if you redo them enough. I say that only to tell you that you can use my quizzes on this course, but I HIGHLY recommend practicing dynamically and randomly using websites, games and/or apps so you can practice a variety of routines anytime you want! It's fun and as you get better, you'll get higher scores, react quicker and will ultimately be better at identifying chord patterns and shapes!!!


    The Link is within the video External Resources link.



    Get out your paper and pen and watch this video. You'll need these quizzes to test your Ear and help you fine tune your listening skills. Take them as much as needed!

    8 questions

    The Previous lecture has the video with each of the questions being played on piano, test your ear, then come here and put what you wrote down for the questions!

    Quiz Video: m2 and M2
    Quiz: m2 or M2
    8 questions
    Quiz Video: m3 and M3
    Quiz: Thirds
    8 questions
    Quiz Video: P4, P5 and P8
    Quiz: P4, P5 or P8
    8 questions
    Quiz Video: Seconds and Thirds
    Quiz: Seconds and Thirds
    8 questions
    Quiz Video: Sixths and Sevenths
    Quiz: 6ths and 7ths
    12 questions
    Quiz Video: 4th, 5th and 6th
    Quiz: Octave, 4ths, 5ths, and 6ths
    8 questions
    Quiz Video: CHORDS 4, 5 and 6m
    Quiz: 4, 5 and 6m
    8 questions
    Quiz Video: CHORDS 2m, 4, 5, 6m
    Quiz: CHORDS, 2m, 4, 5, 6m
    12 questions
    Quiz Video: CHORDS 2m, 3m, 4, 5, 6m
    Quiz: CHORDS, 2m, 3m, 4, 5, 6m
    12 questions
    Quiz Video: CHORDS Major vs Minor
    Quiz: CHORDS, Major vs Minor
    8 questions
    Section 4: Rhythm Exercises

    4/4 Time is the most common. You'll hear it just about everywhere in modern music. Check it out!

    Note: Most of the Jam Tracks are in 4/4 time as are most songs.


    3/4 Time isn't very common at all, unless you play Waltz or Traditional music, but you need to be aware of it and how it works.

    BONUS: See Jam tracks "Down in The Valley" and "On Top of Spaghetti" to practice with some 3/4 songs!


    2/4 Time is somewhat more prevalent, often punk rock will use this, among other genres. This is a quick beat!


    6/8 Time is a very smooth and fun beat, check this out!


    In this lecture, we learn which beats are most common to switch chords on. Follow along, this is really helpful!


    This is a jam-packed lesson will teach you about when to use other beats than the 1 and 3 beat. This is FUN! Check it out!


    Learn how to use the Bass notes with your left hand and some cool tricks!


    More on working the Bass notes!


    Cool Bonus tricks


    Even more fun examples!


    When to change chords other than the 1 and the 3 beats. Fun!


    Fun tricks to end a song or section of a song!

    Section 5: Keys, Keys, Where Did I Leave My Keys?

    Learn the chords in G


    Learn the chords in F


    Learn the chords in D


    Learn the chords in E


    Learn the chords in A


    Learn the chords in B

    Section 6: Jam Tracks!

    Jam with me! Grab your Piano and let's practice good rhythm and changing chords in sync!


    Down in the Valley is a good Jam track for practicing 3/4 rhythm


    Another fun Jam session awaits. Join me!


    Jam with me, now using a chord sheet (attached) and with Drums in the back to jam with.


    Jam with me, now using a chord sheet (attached) and with Drums in the back to jam with.

    This is a slight variation of chords. Let's Jam and experiment to the beat!


    This is a fun pattern that is common in popular music. Let's Jam!


    More practice with transitions and jamming out!


    This song sounds like a popular Coldplay song. Let's jam out together!!


    Fill out the quiz after the video or using a separate internet tab. This quiz involves listening to 3 chords in a row and identifying which type of progression was played. Feel free to re-take this quiz as much as you want, because ear training is an ongoing exercise for life! It's fun!!

    3 Chord QUIZ
    8 questions

    Fill out the quiz after the video or using a separate internet tab. This quiz involves listening to 4 chords in a row and identifying which type of progression was played. Feel free to re-take this quiz as much as you want, because ear training is an ongoing exercise for life! It's fun!!

    4 Chord QUIZ
    8 questions

    A few final thoughts, words of encouragement and tips for you, the budding or growing musician!

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    Instructor Biography

    Daniel Strong, Excel Instructor/Programmer

    Hi! My name is Daniel and i'm 29. I've lived most my life in Scott City, Missouri, United States. I've been using Excel since my early teens, and very early on realized that I absolutely love it. After working on various projects in my spare time for years, improving the lives of those that used my programs, I knew this was more than just a hobby for me; it's my passion. A few years back, I got my first opportunity to program in Excel, but when I landed the job I was asked to re-write my predecessor's coded programs with fancy databases and automated Crystal reports! I found my Excel skills somewhat lacking. I HAD TO LEARN VBA! I studied and studied what I could online and in books, but I wasn't able to learn much that way. I had to dive into my first project for months and months - basically just teaching myself and "figuring it out". I realized that if only someone was out there teaching Excel VBA like Mike Gervin (ExcelIsFun) taught Excel, making everything simple and visual - then Anyone could learn VBA! I started a YouTube channel, mostly for myself as a reference tool, but people started to bite. People flooded my inbox with questions and comments that I was literally changing their lives for the better. My passion is and always has been teaching, and I've turned thousands of people into Excel programmers. Now, with Udemy, I'm going to teach the good stuff - the stuff I kept secret; the Advanced and "not-so-Advanced-but-Awesome" Excel VBA. The things that make people hire you - that make you irresistable and irreplacable. Building REAL Programs, Advanced Reporting and Data Analysis. Dashboards and live data. Automation. My main focus is to create an online community of professional Excel VBA developers and beginners who create Real Programs, solve Real Problems and change Real Lives.

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