HearandPlay.com Monthly Newsletter --- November 2004!
Serving 111,876 Musicians
III. Online Classroom:
Power of Using Superimposed Chords"
Welcome to my November newsletter on using
superimposed chords in your piano playing! We have received an
overwhelming amount of questions regarding "superimposed" chords so we've
decided to focus on them for this month's online classroom. I'll tell you
right now... they aren't as complicated as they sound. It's a really
simple concept to grasp -- once you know it! It's just like any other concept
you've learned from our monthly newsletters this year.
By the way... the year has passed by so fast hasn't it? It seems like January was just
In fact, the last four years have passed by at lightening speed! I remember a
time when HearandPlay.com would only get about 10 e-mails per day asking
questions about various scales, chords, progressions, tips, and tricks. Four
years and more than 110,000 students later, we're receiving hundreds of
e-mails per day with tons of relevant musical questions that become the
focus and topics of these monthly newsletters and other e-mail lessons.
So if you benefit from these monthly lessons, thank the "regulars" who look to
HearandPlay.com for daily discussions on the message board, weekly
interactions with me in the live chat room, and monthly newsletters like the
one you're reading!
... But remember,
"reading" is not enough! You have to put into action what you learn! You have
to ask questions, learn from other students, and stay motivated! So I
encourage you to stay connected with HearandPlay.com by using our discussion
board and chatroom. You won't regret it!
Back to superimposed chords...
Chances are that you've already played a superimposed chord but didn't even
know it. If you've bought the
GospelKeys 202 video
course: "Mastering Worship Chords", then you've definitely played tons
of them. On the other hand, if you're still playing basic triads and
three-fingered chords, then chances are that you haven't ventured into these
"expanded" chords yet...
...Now don't get me
wrong --- there are many purposes for basic triads. Big is not always better.
But, for the most part, if you want to contemporize your music, then using
superimposed chords will definitely do the job!
I'm going to get you started forming superimposed chords in this newsletter,
but if you're truly serious about "spicing" up your piano playing, you have to
check out my new
GospelKeys 202 video
course: "Mastering Worship Chords".
Also, considering that the holidays are quickly
is a wonderful gift for any aspiring Gospel musician. In fact, since
chords and progressions are used across different genres of music, there are
tons of chords and voicings in
for R&B, jazz, and blues musicians!
In the GospelKeysTM
202 video course:
Discover my seven sets of couples and how to use them to play absolutely any worship song you want. I reveal seven different categories with several chords in each. Once you've mastered these chords and how to connect them together, your piano playing will never be the same! Click here for more information...
Learn how to form tons of different couples by just knowing a few select chords. You don't have to know hundreds of chords to play gospel music. In fact, all you really have to know is a few major, minor, dominant, and diminished chords, and let the power of "patterns" take over from there. Think about it? If told you to rearrange the numbers "1", "2", "3", "4", and "5" as many ways as you could, you'd have more than 120 combinations. Well, the idea of "couples" is the same way.More information...
How to predict what chords will come next while learning a new worship song. Again, chords don't occur randomly. You'll learn exactly how to predict what chords to play next based on what you've already played. This won't require lots of thinking once you catch on to the concept! It's really simple. More info...
How to contemporize the chords you already know by adding "ninths" and "thirteenths" to your bag of tricks. There always seems to be this "x factor" that no one can explain. "If I'm playing the same major chord as this other musician, then why does he sound better than me?" There's a little finger trick you'll learn that will instantly modernize all of your major chords. You don't want to miss this one --- trust me.More info...
Several "licks" and "tricks" that are ready-to-use the minute you turn off the tape. If you've always felt like you're repeating yourself or that you lack creativity, worry no more. I'm going to show you all types of little "licks" and "tricks" that will be sure to enhance your slow worship songs. Click here for more information...Learn what I call my "7-couple" formula to playing tons of worship songs by ear! Just like you learned 5 steps to playing praise songs in GospelKeysTM 300, I will show you easy-to-understand steps to understanding how worship and slow songs are arranged! Click here for more information... Discover my "3-4" principle to playing literally any worship chord progression by ear ... INSTANTLY! Chord progressions don't occur randomly. Certain chords lead to others and with this 3-4 calculation that I'm going to reveal, you will never ever have to guess where to go next! This has never been taught this way before! More information... Learn over 60 new voicings, chords, progressions, and fancy arrangements to playing worship music! From fancy inversions of the ninth chord to the secret "Quartal" chord (which sounds very very smooth), you'll learn how to replace all of your basic triads and 3-fingered chords with full-sounding 9ths, 11ths, 13ths, and altered chords! Believe me when I say: "Others will notice!" Click here for more information... Learn contemporary and alternative ways to playing worship favorites like "Hallelujah," "Thank You Lord," and others! While you'll be taught, step-by-step, how to play various songs by the end of GospelKeysTM 202, you'll be equipped with the right chords, progressions, and "couples" (see below) to play over 95% of gospel worship songs by ear! But what you have to realize is that most songs use the same progressions over and over in different ways. GospelKeysTM 202 will show you how to recognize these changes in songs! Click here for more information... Learn patterns (or what I'm calling "couples") like: "1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-5, 1-6, 1-7, 2-5, 2-6, 3-6, 3-4, 4-5, 4-3, 4-6, 4-7, 5-1, 5-2, 5-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-3, and many more! Don't be intimidated by the numbers. They are simply taken from major scales. The power in understanding all of these couples is that once you know them all, there will be absolutely NO SONG you won't be able to learn! These patterns are in 95% of all gospel worship songs and you'll know them after studying this course! More information... Train your ear to recognize these small "couples" with specially designed ear-training sections of the video course (one-on-one with me)! Once you've mastered all of the "couples" above, then you must be able to recognize them in songs! I will constantly test you right there on the screen without you seeing the notes that I am playing in an effort to help you build your ear skills! Click here for more information... For a 15-pg informational report, click here or visit www.GospelKeys202.com
2004 Newsletter Archive Available at http://www.hearandplay.com/newsletters.html * If you didn't catch last month's newsletter (October), visit http://www.hearandplay.com/newsletters.html to get access to over 20 minutes of online video lessons! ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Online Classroom: "The Power of Using Superimposed Chords" ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Note: You might want to print this lesson out for easier reading... At first look, the word "superimposition" may sound like a complex concept... but I assure you, it is easier than it looks! For a chord to be superimposed on top of another chord means just that! Usually, you'd play one particular chord on your left hand while playing another chord on your right (both at the same time). Major, Minor, and Dominant Chords You'd be surprised how many superimposed chords you already know how to play. In fact, any 7th, 9th, 11th, or 13th chord can be considered two chords superimposed on top of one another. You've probably heard the term "polychords" to describe these chords as well. Basically, polychords consist of two or more chords that are stacked to create one larger chord. Think about it... What does a Cmaj7 chord consist of? (I don't know my maj7 chords) Cmaj7 = C + E + G + B Well, obviously a Cmaj triad: C + E + G But you could also play an Emin triad: E + G + B Combine them together, and you have one C, two E's, two G's, and one B. Cmaj: C + E + G /// Emin: E + G + B ... Now get rid of any duplicate notes and you have: (C E G B) So playing an Emin over a Cmaj creates a Cmaj7 chord. ...Moving on... What about major ninth chords? What two chords do they consist of? (I don't know my maj9 chords) Let's look at Cmaj9. Cmaj9 = C + E + G + B + D If you look closely, you'll see one major chord superimposed on top of another. If you see Cmaj on the bottom and Gmaj on the top, then you're absolutely correct! Cmaj + Gmaj = Cmaj9 What about major eleventh chords? (I don't know my maj11 chords) Cmaj11: C + E + G + B + D + F There are several smaller chords in this huge polychord. It just depends on how you look at the chord. How many different chords do you see? Cmaj, Cmaj7, Emin, Emin7, Emin9, Gmaj, G7, Bdim How many different superimposed relationships? Cmaj + G7 Cmaj + Bdim What about major thirteenth chords? (I don't know my maj13 chords) Cmaj13: C + E + G + B + D + F + A Cmaj7 + Dmin Cmaj + B half diminished Cmaj + G9 Here is a "cheat" chart for all the major, minor, and dominant chords covered above:
Well, I hope you enjoyed my November newsletter and I'll be back in December! Take care!
This concludes your November Online Classroom Lesson If you were intrigued by the online classroom lesson above, then you would definitely benefit from my course! *** “The Secrets to Playing Piano By Ear” 300-pg Course *** With 20 chapters and over 300 pages, the home piano course provides several resources, techniques, tips, principles, and theories to playing the piano by ear. Along with hundreds of chords and scales, you'll also learn how to turn them into gospel, jazz and blues chord progressions and better yet, how to use them to play ABSOLUTELY any song you want ... IN VIRTUALLY MINUTES! Again, don't miss this opportunity. I've even added an additional bonus if you purchase the course this week --- You can read more about the course at: http://www.hearandplay.com/course
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