HearandPlay.com Weekly Newsletter --- Sept 23, 2005
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II. Announcement:
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II. Online Classroom:
    "How to Remember Larger Extended Chords! P2"             
Dear Member,
Welcome to this week's newsletter on how to remember larger extended chords like elevenths and thirteenths! I'd print this newsletter if I were you as I'm about to show you easy ways to remember more complex chord structures. Also...
I'm thrilled to be releasing GospelKeys 202TM Special Edition on Wednesday, October 5, 2005 at 7 a.m. (pacific)! It is jam-packed with tons of chords, "couples," progressions, patterns, songs, bonus footage, our new "music edutainment reality clips" and more! If you're into worship music, you can't afford to miss this new special edition! ... Not to mention --- it's FIVE hours!
Disc 1: Introduction of tones, basic chords, extended voicings, "music edutainment reality clips!" (1 hour and 25 minutes) Site info
The first part of the course is focused on teaching you all the chords you'll need to know to play a majority of worship songs. From personal experience, I've found these same chords to be present in just about 4 out of every 5 songs!
What most gospel musicians fail to realize is that chords are recycled and played over and over again in different songs. So part one focuses on getting you up to par, teaching you all the chords you need to know to get started (both basic, extended, quartal, and more)! Lots of content (various chord voicings, inversions, and demonstrations) has been added to this section and it goes beyond the basics --- you get a whopping 80 minutes of step-by-step, over-the-shoulder instruction here! Click here for more information on how to get your hands on the limited GospelKeys 202 Special Edition!
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Once you've mastered the chords and voicings from part one, you'll learn, through a series of ear-training tests, how to differentiate between certain sounds. I'm going to show you how to determine what types of chords and progressions are being heard so that you skip all the mistakes that most musicians make when learning new songs!
You'll also learn how to pinpoint patterns in chord progressions and how to predict what's coming next in a song. I've taught this technique to thousands of people and they've benefited greatly from knowing exactly which chords lead to other chords! Music and progressions are circular and I'll teach you just how to master this circle of chords and patterns!
Then, to top it all off, you'll learn my couple system and how it helps you to play all of your favorite worship songs by ear. Many people get discouraged when learning new material but if you can simply think of chord progressions as small couples (just two chords at a time), you'll immediately understand how songs and progressions work! Click here for more information on how to get your hands on the limited GospelKeys 202 Special Edition!
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While five songs are specifically covered, chord-by-chord, the systems and patterns you'll learn from the course will enable you to apply these same techniques to tons of worship songs --- all by ear!
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A full 15-pg online report on this special edition will be released next week so that you can read about every single technique that I'm going to show you in the course (and you'll be able to hear audio, watch video samples, and more)!

Meanwhile, visit https://www.hearandplay.com/gk202list to fill out the waiting list form. You'll then be e-mailed a *reminder* prior to the release of GospelKeysTM 202 Special Edition and because you're on the waiting list, you'll be guaranteed to be one of the first 150 to order! The extra bonus disc is available on a first-come, first-serve basis so once we run out, it won't be offered on the site!

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New content for the same old price! This special edition, even though it's approximately 5 hours and includes a lot more bonus footage and instruction, will not cost more than the old dvd version!

Online Classroom:
 "How to Remember Larger Extended Chords! P2"
Note: You might want to print this lesson out for easier
This lesson continues from where we left off in the last newsletter lesson on remembering extended chords.
If you recall, I displayed a chart like this:
# of notes Type of chord
Three Triad
Four Seventh
Five Ninth
Six Eleventh
Seven Thirteenth
If you have the 300pg course, you'll find more information about this on page 50.
We've already covered triads, sevenths, and ninth chords. If you didn't get a chance to catch my last newsletter, simply visit www.pianoweekly.com!
Just to recap, here are the formulas for chords we've already covered:
Major triads (Ch 5): 1 + 3  + 5
Cmaj: C E G
Minor triads (Ch 8): 1 + b3 + 5
Cmin: C Eb G
Diminished triad (Ch 9): 1 + b3 + b5
Cdim: C Eb Gb
Augmented triad: 1 + 3 + #5
Caug: C E G#
Major seventh (Ch 10): 1 + 3 + 5 + 7
Cmaj7: C E G B
Minor seventh (Ch 10): 1 + b3 + 5 + b7
Cmin7: C Eb G Bb
Dominant seventh (Ch 10): 1 + 3 + 5 + b7
C7 (aka Cdom7): C E G Bb
Half Diminished seventh: 1 + b3 + b5 + b7
C half dim7: C Eb Gb Bb
Diminished seventh (Ch 13): 1 + b3 + b5 + bb7  (or just think of it as "6")
Cdim7: C Eb Gb A
If you know all twelve major scales, then applying these formulas is a no-brainer. For example, taking the 1, 3, and 5 tones of any scale and playing them all together creates a major triad --- it's that simple!
Now, let's get to our eleventh and thirteenth chords:
Eleventh Chords:
Eleventh chords are a lot easier than you think (especially if you already know your seventh chords).
First, I'll list the formulas. Then I'll give you even easier ways to remember eleventh chords.
Major eleventh: 1 + 3 + 5 + 7 + 9 + 11
Cmaj11: C E G B D F
Minor eleventh: 1 + b3 + 5 + b7 + 9 + 11
Cmin11: C Eb G Bb D F
Dominant eleventh: 1 + 3 + 5 + b7 + 9 + 11
C11: C E G B D F
The easiest way to think of this chord is:
Maj chord + the "5" dominant seventh chord
In the key of C major, this is simply C major (C+E+G) under a G7 (because G is the fifth tone of the C major scale. I'm simply using its dominant seventh chord, which is G7).
C maj + G7 = Cmaj11
Notice, this is also identical to the formula above (1 + 3 + 5 + 7 + 9 + 11).
You try it:
Cmaj11: Cmaj + G7 = Cmaj 11
Fmaj11: Fmaj + ___7 = Fmaj11
Bbmaj11: Bbmaj + ___7 = Bbmaj11
Eb maj11: Ebmaj + ___7 = Ebmaj11
Abmaj11: _______________________
Dbmaj11: _______________________
Gbmaj11: _______________________
Bmaj11: _______________________
Emaj11: _______________________
Amaj11: _______________________
Dmaj11: _______________________
Gmaj11: _______________________
Reference: Just in case you don't know your dominant seventh chords yet, here's a quick list for you to refer to...
C7 ( C E G Bb), F7 (F A C Eb), Bb7 (Bb D F Ab), Eb7 (Eb G Bb Db), Ab7 (Ab C Eb Gb), Db7 (D F Ab B), Gb7 (Gb Bb Db E), B7 (B D# F# A), E7 (E G# B D), A7 (A C# E G), D7 (D F# A C), and G7 (G B D F)
Forming the minor eleventh chord is just as easy.
Minor chord + b7 major chord = Minor eleventh chord
In the key of C, this is C minor (C Eb G) under Bb maj (Bb D F), since Bb is the b7 tone of the C major scale.
Note: To find the b7 tone of any scale, simply locate the 7th tone and lower it one-half step. For example, the seventh tone in the C major scale is B so lowering it one-half step gives you the flatted seventh tone (b7).
C minor + Bb major = C Eb G Bb D F  (Cmin11)
You try it:
Cmin11: Cmin + Bbmaj = Cmin 11
Fmin11: Fmin + ___ maj = Fmin11
Bbmin11: Bbmin + ___ maj = Bbmin11
Ebmin11: Ebmin + ___ maj = Ebmin11
Abmin11: _______________________
Dbmin11: _______________________
Gbmin11: _______________________
Bmin11: _______________________
Emin11: _______________________
Amin11: _______________________
Dmin11: _______________________
Gmin11: _______________________
The dominant eleventh is identical to the dominant minor except for one change.
Major chord + b7 major chord = Dominant eleventh chord
... so instead of playing a minor chord at the bottom (like you did with the min11 chord), simply play a regular major triad.
In C major, this is Cmaj (C E G) under Bbmaj (Bb D F). Basically, two major triads stacked on top of each other. It can't get any easier than this.
You try it:
C11: Cmaj + Bbmaj = C11
F11: Fmaj + ___ maj = F11
Bb11: Bbmaj + ___ maj = Bb11
Eb11: Ebmaj + ___ maj = Eb11
Ab11: _______________________
Db11: _______________________
Gb11: _______________________
B11: _______________________
E11: _______________________
A11: _______________________
D11: _______________________
G11: _______________________
Easier Trick: I just prefer playing C on my left hand (or a power chord), and playing Bbmaj on my right hand and it creates the same dominant 11 sound I'm looking for (just without the 3 and 5)!
Thirteenth Chords:
Next, we'll turn to thirteenth chords.
Here are the formulas for the three thirteenth chords we'll cover below:
Major thirteenth: 1 + 3 + 5 + 7 + 9 + 11 + 13
Cmaj13: C E G B D F A
Easy way:
Major seventh chord + 2 minor chord = Major thirteenth chord
Example: In the key of C, this is Cmaj7 (C E G B) under Dmin (D F A).
C E G B D F A, played together, create a Cmaj13 chord.
Minor thirteenth: 1 + b3 + 5 + b7 + 9 + 11 +13
Cmin13: C Eb G Bb D F A
Easy way:
Min seventh chord + 2 min chord = Minor thirteenth chord
Example: In the key of C, this is Cmin7 (C Eb G Bb) under Dmin (D F A).
Cmin13 = C Eb G Bb D F A  (Cmin7 + Dmin)
Dominant thirteenth: 1 + 3 + 5 + b7 + 9 + 11 +13
C13: C E G B D F A
Easy way:
Dominant seventh chord + 2 minor chord = Major thirteenth chord
Example: In the key of C, this is C7 (C E G Bb) under Dmin (D F A).
C13 = C E G Bb D F A
Easier way: I commonly play C on my left hand while playing a Bbmaj7 on my right hand (Left: C  // Right: Bb D F A). This produces the same sound as a 13th chord (just without the third and fifth present). Notice, the Bb is the 7th of C... the D is the 9th... the F is the 11th... and the A is the 13th.
In the next lesson, we'll learn how to apply these extended chords to various progressions and songs!

Chords to study for future online classroom lessons:

This concludes this week's Online Classroom Lesson
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Further References

"The Secrets to Playing Piano By Ear" 300-pg Course

[5] Chords & Progressions: pgs 65-78, 105-130, 147-165, 182-227.

Do you know what a2-5-1” or "3-6-2-5-1" progression is? Or perhaps the famous 12-bar blues chord progression? In this piano course, you will not only learn how to play gospel, blues, and jazz progressions, but how to recognize them in songs. In addition, you will learn the simple techniques to playing these progressions, hymns, and songs in all 12 major keys! ... Enjoy learning:

The famous "2-5-1" Chord Progression: pgs 114-120, 153-156, 208, 235-236.

I - IV - I - V - I Chord Progressions: pgs 66-70.

I - IV - V - IV - I Chord Progressions: pgs 77-78.

Techniques behind the famous "5-->1" progression: pgs 68-72.

I --> IV,  I --> V Chord Progressions: pgs 74-75.

"Circle of Fifths" Chord Exercises: pg 78.

Major and Minor Chord Progressions: pgs 105-130.

"6 - 2 - 5 - 1" Chord Progressions: pgs 121-122, 157-159.

"3 - 6 - 2 - 5 - 1" Chord Progressions: pgs 122-123, 160-162.

"7 - 3 - 6 - 2 - 5 - 1" Chord Progressions: pgs 124-125, 190-191.

Gospel Chord Progressions ... ranging from "up-tempo praise" chord Progressions to "worship-oriented" chord progressions: pgs 65-78, 105-130, 147-165, 182-227.

Various Blues Progressions ... 12-bar, seventh chords, diminished chords ... and others: pgs 163-165, 192.

Jazz Chord Progressions ... using dominant ninth, eleventh and thirteenth chords: pgs 193-240

Study the different types of Root Progressions --- closing, opening, circular and other types of progressions: pgs 121-122.

Study how chord tones and scale degrees relate to each other [which chord progressions are most likely to be compatible]: pgs 122-130.

Learn various "turn-around" progressions [used in gospel music]: pg 213-214.

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