Includes 4 hours of instruction and a study guide with classwork and examples
The harmony in a church hymnal is simple and boring. If you play offertories and preludes or if you accompany, you are normally not locked into using that harmony. There are very huge improvements you can make.
Reharmonization is my passion and this is my favorite course. This intense 4-hour experience will give you a huge toolbox filled with things that will take your music to a new level.
There are three major sections in this course, because reharmonization occurs in three ways:
1. Adding notes to boring chords to make them more interesting.
2. Changing one chord for another (chord substitutions).
3. Completely replacing existing harmony with better harmony.
Here are specifics about what you will learn:
- Review of triads (the basic building block of modern music).
- Seven more complex chords that you have to know and how to create them from triads.
- Exactly how to add 7ths to your church music and make them sound good.
- The importance of secondary dominants.
- Adding color notes (9ths, 11ths, and 13ths). These notes are a primary characteristic of my personal sound.
- The powerful IV/V (suspended dominant) chord.
- Cool voicings of complex chords. Voicing refers to how you actually play the chord on the piano. Good voicings sound incredible and are very important when you are playing 5-6 note chords.
- Basic chord substitutions.
- The universal rule of chord substitutions explained. ANY chord can substitute for another chord if two conditions are met.
- Functional harmony.
- How to replace the entire harmony in a song with new, much better harmony.
When you finish this class, you will feel like you have been hit over the head with a 10 lb theory book, and you will know many things that pianists with masters and/or doctors degrees in music do not know. You may have to watch this one a few times, but it will completely revolutionize your sound.
A 32-page study guide with illustrations and assignments is included.