Learn Piano #6 - Jazz Cocktail Sound 7b9 in Piano Bar Music

Learn Music Harmony on how to alter a tone in V7 piano chords to play cool jazzy music. Learn Piano Runs & Piano Fills.
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Published 11/2014 English

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Learn Piano Level 6 - Intermediate Level - Continue to learn how to reharmonize a song from its basic structure using only Basic Major Chords in Away in A Manger.

We are now moving into more advanced piano playing in this Reharmonization Series. Many of my students love piano bar music and they want to capture those cocktail sounds in their music arrangement. Did you know that it is not difficult at all to create those sounds? If you are following this Reharmonization series, make sure you grasp the concept of Dominant Chords & Secondary Dominant Chords in Level 5.

Here's the Secret: To get into cool jazzy style of playing, you need to focus on the dominant chords and secondary dominant chords. Learn to just alter one tone, and that tone will create that cocktail sound that you want to hear in your music. Cocktail style of music functions and moves in the Circle movement of 6-2-5-1. The TRICK is to alter a tone in some of these dominant chords.

In this course, you are going to learn Music Tips to alter a tone in the dominant chords to create the cocktail sound in piano bar music. This is just the 'beginning' of learning basic music fundamentals to create cocktail sounds. Learn Piano Level 6 is part of a series of a 10 Level course. So if you are a beginner, you will need Learn Piano Level 1 to Level 5 to give you that foundation to do chord substitution to secondary dominants. This is the 6th level of reharmonizing "Away in a Manger" to Level 6. Keyboard diagrams and charts will not include the earlier levels.

As a bonus, I am going to show you a few RUNS from simple to advanced to help you reach the cocktail runs so that you can put them freely into your music. This section is entirely a BONUS, a gift to you, as this section itself is already a course on its own.


The following 16 Topics are covered:

1. Know your Dominant 7 Chords

2. Know your Dominant 9 Chords

3. Know how to Alter Dominant Chords

4. Dominant Chords - Can alter 2 tones - 5th and 9th

5. To get the Cocktail sound - alter the 9th tone to b9

6. Music Formula for Dominant 7, Dominant 9, Dominant 7b9

7. Work on the 4 Dominant Chords in Away in A Manger

8. Altering the Four Dominant 9 Chords - G7, C7, D7 A7

9. 4 Chord Substitutions in Away in A Manger

10. Step 1: Substitute G7b9

11. Step 2: Substitute C7b9

12. Step 3: Substitute D7b9

13. Step 4: Substitute A7b9

14. Voicing Tricks to Play 5 Tone 7b9 Chords

15. Understand Diminished 7 Chords

16. Rolling Runs Techniques


38 Music Theory Tips

Music Theory Tip 1: Altering Only One tone in dominant chords

Music Theory Tip 2: Major 7 vs Dominant 7

Music Theory Tip 3: Major 9 vs Dominant 9

Music Theory Tip 4. Dominant 7 vs Dominant 9

Music Theory Tip 5: Altered Dominant Chords - can alter 2 tones

Music Theory Tip 6: Flat the 9th tone

Music Theory Tip 7: C9 and C7b9 in Written Music - 5 notes

Music Theory Tip 8. Formula Patterns in Dominant Chords

Music Theory Tip 9: Piano Demo to the Dominant Chords Formula

Music Theory Tip 10: G9, C9, D9 A9

Music Theory Tip 11. G9 to G7b9

Music Theory Tip 12: D9 to D7b9

Music Theory Tip 13: A9 to A7b9

Music Theory Tip 14: C9 to C7b9

Music Theory Tip 15: Start susbstituting with Primary Dominant Chord

Music Theory Tip 16: Find places to substitute G7b9

Music Theory Tip 17: Two melody tones clash with G7b9

Music Theory Tip 18: Substitute G7b9 into Away In A Manger

Music Theory Tip 19: Transfer G7b9 into chord chart

Music Theory Tip 20: Finger Trick to play 7b9 - 5 tone chords

Music Theory Tip 21: Finger Tricks to play G7b9

Music Theory Tip 22: Big Secret Tip: Right Hand plays diminished 7 Chords

Music Theory Tip 23: Different ways to write diminished chords

Music Theory Tip 24: Symmetrical diminished 7 Chords: WWWB, WWBW, WBWW, BWWW

Music Theory Tip 25: Playing symmetrical diminished Chords

Music Theory Tip 26: Finger Tricks: LH plays bass + RH plays diminished 7 chords

Music Theory Tip 27: Distinguish between a C Major Chord & C7

Music Theory Tip 28: Find the 2 C7s in Away in A Manger

Music Theory Tip 29: The 2 tones that clash with C7b9

Music Theory Tip 30: Substitute C7b9 in Away in A manger

Music Theory Tip 31: Identify the 4 diminished chords in C7b9

Music Theory Tip 32: Find places to put in D7b9

Music Theory Tip 33: The 2 tones that clash with D7b9

Music Theory Tip 34: Substituting D7b9 in Away In A Manger

Music Theory Tip 35. Piano Demo on why D7b9 does not work

Music Tip 36: Find places to substitute A7b9

Music Tip 37: Two melody tones that clash with A7b9

Music Theory Tip 38: Substituting A7b9 into Away in A Manger

Bonus Piano Techniques: Rolling Runs from Simple to Advanced Cocktail Run

Piano Technique Tip 1: Simple Triad Rolling Waves

Piano Technique Tip 2: Simple Rolling Waves Coming Down

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What are the requirements?

  • know about basic chords and 7th chords
  • have some music theory background

What am I going to get from this course?

  • learn how to create the cocktail piano bar sound
  • learn which tone to alter in the dominant chord
  • learn about chord extension to the 9th tone
  • grasp the importance of dominant chords
  • have fun playing these 7b9 altered dominant chords
  • play 5 tone chords with both hands EASILY

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Section 1: Introduction
Introduction and Overview of the Course
Overview of Reharmonization Level 6 - Altered Dominant Chords - b9
Section 2: Piano Bar Music - Cocktail Sound - Relaxing Smooth Jazz

Altering One Tone can make a BIG difference in the sound!

Must Know What Kind of Chord to Alter!

The Dominant Chord

Section 3: Know Your Dominant 7 Chords & Dominant 9 Chords
  • CM7
  • CEGB
  • 1 3 5 7


  • C7
  • C E G Bb
  • 1 3 5 b7

Major 9 Chord: 1 3 5 7 9

Dominant 9 Chord: 1 3 5 b7 9


Dominant 7 Chord: 1 3 5 b7

Dominant 9 Chord: 1 3 6 b7 9


Dominant 7 Chord - 4 tone chord

Dominant 9 Chord - 5 tone chord


Both are dominant Chords

Both have b7


Section 4: Altered Dominant Chords

Alter the 5th Tone:

C7 - the G tone

C9 - the G tone


Alter the 9th Tone:

C7 - no 9th tone

C9 - the D tone

Section 5: To Get the Cocktail Sound - Alter the 9th Tone to b9
Music Tip 6: Flat the 9th tone - b9

Students sometimes tell me that they only finally get it after much repetition in different ways.

That's how we learn.

I try to use different ways to show you the importance of the b7 in Dominant Chord.

I try to use different ways to show you how to alter note in the Dominant 9th Chord.


Section 6: Music Formula for Dominant 7, Dominant 9, Dominant 7 with a b9

Dominant 7 - 1 3 5 b7

Dominant 9 - 1 3 5 b7 9

Altered Dominant 7b9 - 1 3 5 b7 b9

Music Tip 9: Piano Demo to the Dominant Chords Formula
Section 7: Four Dominant 7 Chords in Away In A Manger

Dominant 7 - 1 3 5 b7

G7, C7, D7, A7

Section 8: Altering the Four Dominant 9 Chords - G9, C9, D9, A9

Altered tone for G7b9 is Ab

Piano Demo: G7b9

Altered Tone for D7b9 is Eb

Piano Demo: D7b9

Altered Tone for A7b9 is Bb

Piano Demo: A7b9

Altered Tone for C7b9 is Db

Piano Demo: C7b9
Section 9: Chord Substitutions - 7b9 Chords substituting Dominant 7 Chords
Chord Substitutions in Level 6

In Away in a Manger, we are going to substitute 7b9 chords to Dominant 7 chords:

G7b9 substituting G7

C7b9 substituting C7

A7b9 substituting A7

D7b9 substituting D7

Section 10: Song Application: Substituting 7b9 to Away In A Manger
Music Score for Away In A Manger
Section 11: Step 1: Substituting G7b9 to G7
Music Tip 15: Start with the Primary Dominant Chord First

Listen to the sounds when you do the substitution!

Listen to see whether the melody tones clash with the G7b9 Chord.


Melody tones that are half step away from each other always create dissonant sounds.


Try playing these G7b9 chord substitutions at the piano before you watch the next lecture!

Piano Demo: Listen to the sounds of G7b9 in place of G7

You can take the chord chart to the piano and try playing by ear without the music score.

The chords there will guide you along!

This is how you play by ear.

Listen to the chord progressions.

Section 12: Voicing Trick to play 5 Tone 7b9 Chords EASILY
Music Tip 20: Finger Trick with Both Hands to play 7b9
Music Tip 21: Finger Tricks to play G7b9
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Music Tip 22: Big Secret Tip - Right Hand actually plays Diminished 7 Chord
Music Tip 23: 4 Different ways to write a diminished chord
Piano Demo: RH plays the 4 Diminished Chords in G7b9
Music Tip 24: Symmetrical diminshed 7 Chords: White Keys & Black Keys
Music Tip 25: Playing Symmetrical Diminished Chords
Music Tip 26: Finger Tricks - LH Plays Bass + RH Plays Diminshed 7 Chords
Piano Demo: Try practising the Four Diminished 7 Chords in this way
Section 13: Step 2: Substituting C7b9 to C7
Music Tip 27: Must Distinguish a C Major Chord from a C7 Chord
Music Tip 28: Two C7 in Away In A Manger
Music Tip 29: The 2 tones that clash with C7b9
Music Tip 30: Substituting C7b9 in Away In A Manger
Piano Demo: Putting in C7b9 into Away in A Manger
Music Tip 31: Identify the 4 diminished chords in C7b9
Section 14: Step 3: Substituting D7b9 to D7
Music Tip 32: Find places to put in D7b9 in Away In A Manger
Music Tip 33: The 2 tones that clash with D7b9
Music Tip 34: Substituting D7b9 in Away in A Manger
Music Tip 35: Piano Demo on why D7b9 does not work
Section 15: Step 4: Substituting A7b9 to A7
Music Tip 36: Find places to substitute A7b9
Music Tip 37: Two melody tones that clash with A7b9
Music Tip 38: Substituting A7b9 into Away In A Manger
Piano Demo: Putting in A7b9 into Away In A Manger
Section 16: Bonus Section: Piano Runs - Simple to Advanced
Piano Technique Tip 1: Simple Triad Rolling Waves
Piano Demo: Simple Rolling Waves
Piano Tip 2: Simple Rolling Waves Coming Down
PIano Demo: Simple Rolling Waves coming down
Piano Tip 3 - Intermediate Level: Dreamy 7th Chords Rolling Waves Run
PIano Demo - Dreamy 7 Rolling Waves
Piano Tip 4: Intermediate Level: Dreamy Run with Hands Cross Over TRICK
Piano Demo - Dreamy 7 with Hands Cross Over Trick
Piano Tip 5: Intermeidate Level - Dreamy 7 using Major Chord + Minor Chord
Piano Demo: Dreamy 7 with 2 Chords - M + m
Piano Tip 6: Advanced Level - Nostalgic 9 Rolling Waves
Piano Demo: Nostalgic CM9 Rolling Waves
Piano Tip 7: Advanced Level - Nostalgic 9 Rolling Waves Using 2 Chords
Piano Demo: Nostalgic 9 Rolling Waves with 2 chords
Piano Tip 8: Advanced Level - Cocktail Run but with this TRICK, beginners also
Piano Demo: Cocktail Run using LH Finger Trick
Section 17: Summary and Conclusion
Summary of the Course & Download
Alter Dominant Chords
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Section 18: 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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