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     If these lessons are too difficult, please check out this section. If they are too easy, please check out updated areas of my blog and the various categories. If you are a total beginner and don’t know how the heck you got to this section, click here.


    How to listen effectively part 1: This lesson covers the basics of relative pitch and how to use it to learn almost any song you want.


    How to listen effectively part 2: This is the second half of the lesson…


    The power of using superimposed chords: Here’s how to combine smaller chords to make more complex ones…


    Easy ways to remember large chords part 1: Here are some shortcuts that’ll help you remember super large chords.


    Easy ways to remember large chords part 2: Here’s the second half of the lesson.


    Forget the right hand… Focus on the left: This is more on the neo-soul, r&b side but the concept is certainly used in jazz…


    Playing scales with major seventh chords: This is a nice little movement you can do right when you sit down to the piano. It will impress others for sure.


    Fancy chords you can outright steal: Check this out…


    What key am I in? It’s very important to understand how to determine what key a song is in by the chords that occur. Learn how to do it…


    An altered chord you can try: You’ll love this one…


    Another altered chord progression you can try: This one sounds good…


    Chord progression with various altered chords: Another altered chord progression for you to apply.


    A nice-sounding major ninth chord: Ninth chords are among my favorite chords to play and you’ll see why in a moment.


    Stylish minor ninth chord: If you liked the major ninth chord, then you’ll love this stylish minor ninth voicing.


    Using secondary dominant chords: And interesting look at secondary dominant chords and how to use them.



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    Dominant ninth chords: Once you learn these, you’ll never want to play 3-toned triads again.


    Check out this minor 11th chord: This one is neat…


    Exploring fancy chords and progressions: This post will show you how to spice up old progressions that have been commonplace.


    How to determine the key to any song (audio): This is a recording of an audio teleclass I presented several years ago. It will really delve into how to find the key center of any song. This is a required skill for ear musicians.


    Other stuff…


    A 1-4 chord progression you can use right away: Are you ready to play full chord progressions? Let’s see…


    Using 5-1 chord progression to enhance your playing: One of the most commonly uses progressions, the 5-1 will show up at the end of almost every song. Learn how to play it.


    Variations of the 2-5-1 chord progression: The 2-5-1 is the next step up from the simple 5-1 progression.


    The famous 2-5-1 chord progression: Another 2-5-1 progression you can outright steal!


    Opening and closing your songs with 2-5-1 progressions: Just like it sounds, learn how to incorporate 2-5-1 at the beginning and end of your songs.




    How to transpose stuff: Once you’ve learned a song in one key, here’s how to move it to any of the other 11 keys.


    A midi player taken to the next level: You’ll love this program called MidiJam… and it’s free!


    I hope you enjoy!

    Now, if any of these lessons are too hard or too easy, click one of my other lesson groups below to explore other lessons. Like I said, there’s over 1,000 pages of information on this site. Don’t forget to bookmark us.


    Other lesson groups


    Beginner lessons: If you brand new, click here   Gospel beginner lessons: If you’re just getting started in playing gospel music, click here
    General ‘piano by ear’ lessons: These don’t focus on a particular style of music but playing in general.   Gospel intermediate lessons: Here are tips and techniques for musicians with some experience.
    Advanced lessons: These are for more experienced players.   Gospel advanced lessons: If you’re really playing and want to get to the next level, check these out.
    Jazz beginner lessons: If you’re just getting started in playing jazz, click here    
    Jazz intermediate lessons: If you’re already playing, check out these lessons