Learn Piano Level 6: Tap Into smooth jazz cocktail sound in piano bar music with b9

Learn how to alter a tone in dominant chords to start playing cool jazzy music to Away In A Manger with 7b9 runs & fills


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 how to 25 Music Tips to alter a tone in the dominant chords to create the cocktail sound in piano bar music so that you can enjoy that relaxing smooth jazz sound. We will apply it to the song Away in a Manger.

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.

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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 Tips

Music Tip 1: Altering Only One tone in dominant chords

Music Tip 2: Major 7 vs Dominant 7

Music Tip 3: Major 9 vs Dominant 9

Music Tip 4. Dominant 7 vs Dominant 9

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

Music Tip 6: Flat the 9th tone

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

Music Tip 8. Formula Patterns in Dominant Chords

Music Tip 9: Piano Demo to the Dominant Chords Formula

Music Tip 10: G9, C9, D9 A9

Music Tip 11. G9 to G7b9

Music Tip 12: D9 to D7b9

Music Tip 13: A9 to A7b9

Music Tip 14: C9 to C7b9

Music Tip 15: Start susbstituting with Primary Dominant Chord

Music Tip 16: Find places to substitute G7b9

Music Tip 17: Two melody tones clash with G7b9

Music Tip 18: Substitute G7b9 into Away In A Manger

Music Tip 19: Transfer G7b9 into chord chart

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

Music Tip 21: Finger Tricks to play G7b9

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

Music Tip 23: Different ways to write diminished chords

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

Music Tip 25: Playing symmetrical diminished Chords

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

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

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

Music Tip 29: The 2 tones that clash with C7b9

Music Tip 30: Substitute C7b9 in Away in A manger

Music Tip 31: Identify the 4 diminished chords in C7b9

Music Tip 32: Find places to put in D7b9

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

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

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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Your Instructor

Rosa Suen
Rosa Suen

Hello, my name is Rosa. I am a pastor and church pianist for Christian Disciples Church in Hong Kong for over 30 years. I perform at my church at least twice a week and you always see me playing beautiful music at church on Fridays and Sundays. On the side, I also teach English as a hobby.

I graduated from University of British Columbia and received my teaching certificate specializing in Chemistry and teaching English as a second language. I taught public schools in Canada for a couple of years and then went on to study theology at Ontario Theological Seminary in Toronto. I received my Master's program in Christian Theological Ministry and started full time ministry with my husband. Our calling as pastors and missionaries brought us to deeper intensive Pastoral Counselling and Discipleship Training at Christian Disciples Church. Presently we pastor together in a local church in Tsuen Wan and have been ministering to this same congregation for almost 20 years.

Over the years, we have gone on missions to Mongolia, Sydney, Nepal, India and expedition trips to the Holy Lands: Israel, Greece and Turkey. Wherever we went, I found myself taking up the music ministry and became the church pianist for that church. It has been a wonderful experience for me to serve not only as a pastor but as a church pianist in the music ministry.

As a result of my passion in playing piano, I started developing my piano courses online since 2008. The piano courses are very unique because I was finally willing to share my unique piano method called: Color Chord Improvisation Method known as CCI. 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. You are welcome to visit me online at my piano website at Learn Piano With Rosa: http://www.LearnPianoWithRosa.com. I sometimes hold piano workshops for my students and train church pianists.

Because of my education and expertise in teaching, my students love my piano courses and found it easy and fun to play piano. Ever since teaching piano online in 2008, I have met hundreds and hundreds of students all over the world joining my courses. You can read their testimonies on my website. They have given me so much joy as I watch their piano dreams come true.

For this reason, I want to make my courses more and more available on the net so that it is easy for my students to access my courses on their mobile devices and tablets. Come and join my hundreds of students to play piano in a fun and creative way.

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Class Curriculum

  #1 Introduction
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  #2 Piano Bar Music - Cocktail Sound - Relaxing Smooth Jazz
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  #4 Altered Dominant Chords
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  #5 To Get the Cocktail Sound - Alter the 9th Tone to b9
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  #6 Music Formula for Dominant 7, Dominant 9, Dominant 7 with a b9
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  #7 Four Dominant 7 Chords in Away In A Manger
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  #9 Chord Substitutions - 7b9 Chords substituting Dominant 7 Chords
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  #10 Song Application: Substituting 7b9 to Away In A Manger
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  #17 Summary and Conclusion
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