Learn Piano #5 - Play Piano with Drama: Secondary Dominants

Learn Music Theory on Secondary Dominants. Learn piano techniques & piano tips to put in drama with piano walking bass!
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Published 11/2014 English

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Learn Piano Level 5 - Intermediate Level - Learn Music Harmony and Reharmonize a basic song to more sophisticated music composition.

Do you know how to add drama to your playing with one trick?

Here's the Secret: In a Key, we know there is only one dominant Chord. Did you know that you can put in more Dominant Chords into your arrangement? It is these extra dominant chords that create beautiful music that you hear in popular songs, standards and movie songs. They are called "Secondary Dominant Chords". These chords create excitement in your song arrangement. They add interesting color, build tension, give surprises and drama to your piano playing. They provide a lot of motion in music that if you know how to put them in, your piano playing will not sound like a PRO! No more boring music and piano playing.

In this course, you are going to learn how to 25 Music Tips regarding Secondary Dominant Chords & 8 Piano Tips to play walking basses:

  • Learn to turn all boring basic arrangement to a beautiful arrangement with colorful sounds.
  • Learn how to creatively add excitement and drama to your playing.
  • Find out how to harmonize a song using chords that ourside the home key
  • Understand how to put in extra dominant chords itno your arrangement
  • Understand advanced music regarding secondary dominant chords that are outside the home key
  • Find an easier way to notate secondary dominant chords easily
  • Understand complex music harmony in a FOCUSED way
  • As a bonus, you also get to know some piano tips to add in drama and movement by learning walking basses
  • Have fun rocking and swing your basses
  • Learn how to dynamically put in walking basses in contrary motion
  • Get the Thumb trick to play like a drummer!


Topics of the Course:

Piano Music Tip 1: G7 - One Primary Dominant Chord in C Key

Piano Music Tip 2: There are 5 Secondary Dominant Chords in C Key

Piano Music Tip 3: Secondary Dominant: V7/V7

Piano Music Tip 4: Secondary Dominant: V7/ii7

Piano Music Tip 5: Secondary Dominant: V7/vi7

Piano Music Tip 6: Secondary Dominant: V7/iii7

Piano Music Tip 7: Secondary Dominant: V7/IV

Piano Music Tip 8: Learn to write Secondary Dominants with One Roman Numeral

Piano Music Tip 9: V7/V7 = II7

Piano Music Tip 10: V7/ii7 = VI7

Piano Music Tip 11: V7/vi7 = III7

Piano Music Tip 12: V7/iii7 = VII7

Piano Music Tip 13: V7/IV = I7

Piano Music Tip 14: C7 to F

Piano Music Tip 15: D7 to G7

Piano Music Tip 16: A7 to D7

Piano Music Tip 17: E7 to A7

Piano Music Tip 18: B7 to E7

Piano Music Tip 19: Secondary Dominant Chord Progression: II7 V7 I

Piano Music Tip 20: Secondary Dominant Chord Progression: VI7 II7 V7 I

Piano Music Tip 21: Secondary Dominant Chord Progression: I7 IV

Piano Music Tip 22: Song application to Away In A Manger: D7 G7 C

Piano Music Tip 23: Song application to Away In A Manger: A7 D7 G7 C

Piano Music Tip 24: Song application to Away In A Manger: C7 F

Piano Music Tip 25: Combining all 5 Levels of Reharmonization to Away In A Manger

Piano Techniques on Walking Bass

Piano Tip 1: Apply Piano Techniques to Basic Chords Movement

Piano Tip 2: Find the places that you can apply the Walking Basses

Piano Tip 3: Walking Bass - Going Up - C to F, C to G7

Piano Tip 4: Walking Bass - Going Down - G7 to C

Piano Tip 5: Contrary Motion in Walking Basses

Piano Tip 6: Rock the Octaves to Create More Walking Bass Drama

Piano Tip 7: Swing the Octaves to Create More Walking Bass Drama

Piano Tip 8: Finger Trick - Thumb acts as a Octave drum

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What are the requirements?

  • basic chords
  • read melody lines

What am I going to get from this course?

  • understand secondary dominant chords
  • distinguish between primary and secondary dominant chords
  • learn how to notate the secondary dominant chords easily
  • understand the Roman Numerals of the Secondary Dominant Chords
  • Learn how to primary dominant chord is related to the secondary dominant chord
  • Learn how to create drama and excitement by putting in these secondary dominant chords
  • Learn an easy way to use the Circle of 5ths to put in these secondary dominant chords
  • Learn the walking basses techniques to put in more drama into piano playing

Who is the target audience?

  • people who want to compose their songs
  • people who want to advance in music
  • people who want to break through to enjoy playing piano
  • people who are finding their piano playing very boring
  • people who are looking for piano revival in their piano journey

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Section 1: Introduction
Highlights of things you will learn in this course
Overview of the Course
Section 2: Harmony Rule 1: One Primary Dominant Chord in the Key

Diatonic Chords of Key of C:

CM7 Dm7 Em7 FM7 G7 Am7 Bm7b5

One V7 - G7

Section 3: Harmony Rule 2: Understanding Secondary Dominants
Dominant Chord of G7 in Key of C: V7/V7 D7 This is secondary dominant in key of C.
Dominant Chord of Dm7 in Key of C: V7/ii7 A7 This is a secondary dominant chord in key of C.
Dominant Chord of Am7 in Key of C: V7/vi7 E7 This is a secondary dominant chord in key of C.
Dominant Chord of Em7 in Key of C: V7/iii7 B7 This is a secondary dominant chord in key of C.
Dominant Chord of FM7 in Key of C: V7/IV C7 This is a secondary dominant chord in key of C.
Section 4: Harmony Rule 3: Proper Roman Numeral Notations for Secondary Dominants
5 Secondary Dominants in C Key: D7 - V7/V7 A7 - V7/ii7 E7 - V7/vi7 B7 - V7/iii7 C7 - V7/IV
Music Tip 8: Primary Dominant vs Secondary Dominants
Summary of Primary & Secondary Dominants in Key of C
Section 5: Harmony Rule 4: Movement of Secondary Dominants
D7 to G7 A7 to Dm7 E7 to Am7 B7 to Em7 C7 to F
Section 6: Harmony Rule 5: Secondary Dominant Chords are written in Capital Roman Numerals
Music Tip 10: Use Secondary Dominants Template to see everything in ONE flash
Section 7: Quick Reference Video: 5 Secondary Dominants for Key of C
Summary Video: 5 Secondary Dominants for C Key - I7, II7, III7, VI7, VIII7
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Section 8: 2 Circles for Reharmonization - Diatonic Chords & Secondary Dominant Chords
I have more than one circle at the piano. When you have 2 Circles there, you don't have to keep changing the inner templates. Have the 2 circles ready for easy reference especially when you are working with many different keys!
Section 9: Song Application Step 1: Add in the Secondary Dominant Chord II7
In Level 5, we will learn a new chord progression involving secondary dominant chord. 1st Step: Add the II7 Chord Progression: II7 V7 1
Secondary Dominant Chords have the same counter clockwise movement as the Diatonic Chords: Diatonic Chords: ii7 V7 I Secondary Dominant Chords: II7 V7 I
The F# makes a big difference in the sounds of the chord progression!
Go to the piano and try to play D7 over those melody tones. What did you find out? Figure this out before you go to the next lecture.
This is how you play by EAR. Pay Attention to the Tones of the Chord. Listen to the F# sound. Which melody tones don't work? Try to figure this out before you go to the next lecture.
When we play by Ear we are aware of tones that clash. When they clash, we stay away from those chords. The 2 melody tones that clash with F# are: 1. F 2. G
There is only one place you can add in D7. D7 G7 C II7 V7 C
Section 10: Piano Demo: D7 G7 C
Listen to the sounds of D7 G7 C Progression
Final Chord Chart with D7 G7 C - Away In A Manger
You can download the music sheet also.
Piano Demo on the entire song with D7 G7 C
Section 11: Song Application Step 2: Add in A7 Seondary Dominant Chord
Chord Progression: VI7 II7 V7 I All Captial Roman Numerals. A7 D7 G7 C
Am7 - A C E G A7 - A C# E G
Seondary Dominant A7 can be added before Dm7 Secondary Dominant A7 can be added before D7
Music Tip 20: The Two melody tones that clash with A7
A7 - A C# E G Am7 - A C E G The 2 melody tones that clash with A7 - C & D

1625 can be any of these & they all sound different:

C Am7 Dm7 G7

C A7 Dm7 G7

C Am7 D7 G7

C A7 D7 G7

Section 12: Piano Demo: A7 Dm7 G7 C
Final Chord Chart for putting in the A7 Secondary Dominant Chord
Music Sheet with the A7 Secondary Dominant Chords
Piano Demo of the Entire song with A7 added in
Section 13: Song Application Step 3: Add in C7 Secondary Dominant
The C7 Secondary Dominant Chord Progression: I7 I C7 F
Chord I - Home Chord - The C Key Chord I7 - Dominant Chord - This is Secondary Dominant Chord in C Key Chord I7 likes to resolve to F (IV)
Music Tip 24: Distinguish the Chord tones of CM7 and C7
I am taking you step by step asking you questions so that you know how to proceed on your own with another song. Remember these steps that I am doing with you. When you work out these secondary dominant chords, what do you need to ask? Ask: Which melody tones would clash with the dominant chord? In this case, which melody tones would clash with C7
I am taking you step by step asking you questions so that you know how to proceed on your own with another song. Remember these steps that I am doing with you. When you work out these secondary dominant chords, what do you need to ask? Ask: Which melody tones would clash with the dominant chord? In this case, which melody tones would clash with C7
C7 Chord tones: C E G Bb The 2 tones that will clash are right next to Bb Tone. They are A and B

Now you have a variety of chord progressions in the song:

Basic Chord Movement,

Minor Chord Substitutions,

Minor 7 Chord Progression,

Dominant Chord to Home Chord,

Secondary Dominants Chord Progression

Section 14: Piano Demo: C7 F - I7 IV
Final Chord Chart for putting in C7
Piano Demo of the Entire Song with C7 Secondary Dominant
Music Sheet with C7 Secondary Dominant Chord
Section 15: Biggie: Combining ALL 5 LEVELS
The Art of Combining All 5 Levels - Find your own sound
A Sample of My Students
Piano Demo of the 5 Levels Combined!
Section 16: Fun Piano Techniques - Walking Bass
Piano Tip 1: Apply Piano Techniques to Basic Chords
Sheet Music for Away In A Manger
Piano Tip 2: Three Places to put in Walking Basses - C to F, C to G7, G7 to C
Piano Tip 3: Walking Basses sound great in Contrary Motion
Piano Tip 4, 5, 6: Walking Basses - Going Up, Going Down & Contrary Motion
Play Along - Walking Basses in Away In A Manger
Section 17: Walking Basses Variation
Piano Tip 7: Create more drama to Walking Basses
Piano Tip 8: Finger Trick with Pinkie & Thumb
Piano Demo: Rocking and Swinging the Walking Basses
Section 18: Summary & Conclusion of the Course


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Section 19: Bonus Section - Resources for Students
Cool Resources for Students

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Instructor Biography

Rosa Suen, Best Seller Music Teacher, 35 Years Pianist, 25,00+ students

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.

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