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Chord Piano Bootcamp Main Course

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About this course

Dramatically and permanently improve your piano playing in just 13 weeks, using simple, easy-to-learn techniques

Course Structure

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Introduction

What we'll cover and how to use this course

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Online Resources 1 Lesson

Piano Chord Calculator

The Piano Chord Calculator lets you type in virtually any chord symbol and see which keys to play on the piano keyboard. Chords are shown in root position, so feel free to experiment with playing the keys/notes in various positions (voicings), or leaving some of the notes out altogether.

You can access the Piano Chord Calculator at this link, with the password:

cpbc2020

Downloadable Resources 4 Lessons

Visual Scale Chart

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Visual Chord Chart

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Piano Progress Planner

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You can use this simple tool to track your progress with key concepts through all the keys on the piano.

Technology Guide

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This guide has links to a number of useful resources to help you learn and play your favorite songs on the piano.

"Danny Boy" Video Piano Lesson 2 Lessons

"Danny Boy" Lead Sheet

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Week 1: Chord Piano Foundation

Welcome to Week 1: Chord Piano Foundation! This week, we’ll go over (potentially review, for some of you) music notation and discuss some of the types of music, books and (potentially) software you will need or want throughout this course.

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9 Lessons

Week 2: Chords!

Welcome to Week 2: Chords! This week is all about… you guessed it… chords! How to build them from scratch, where to play them, and how to think about them in ways that don’t rely on you reading or memorizing sheet music.

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8 Lessons

Week 3: Chord Progressions

Welcome to Week 3: Chord Progressions. This week is all about stringing chords together into sequences that make a unique sound, called a chord progression. Progressions make songs unique and help reinforce the harmonies in a song. As you play more and more songs, you’ll find the same progressions occurring over and over again, which is why I talk about the most common progressions and how to practice them.

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4 Lessons

Week 4: World's Most Popular Chord Progression

Welcome to Week 4: The World’s Most Popular Chord Progression. This week is all about the amazing ii-V7-I chord progression. It’s not a long lesson this week, to give you some time to absorb this very special chord progression and the practice techniques I talk about. So, have fun!

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5 Lessons

Week 5: Left and Right Hands Working Together

Welcome to Week 5: Left And Right Hand Working Together. This week is all about getting your hands to play nicely with each other. I get a lot of questions about this, so I wanted to make sure you have some techniques for getting both hands coordinated before we move into more styles and rhythms. Enjoy and be sure to post any questions in the private Facebook Group.

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11 Lessons

Week 6: Rhythms and Bass

Welcome to Week 6: Rhythms and Bass. This week, we jump into a bunch of different rhythm and style examples, so you can use them whenever you want to quickly create just about any type of sound or feel you like at the piano. Enjoy and be sure to post any questions in the private Facebook Group.

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4 Lessons

Week 7: Playing Melody and Chords Together

Welcome to Week 7: Playing Melody and Chords Together. This week will be a little shorter than the previous week and will give you a little break before we jump heavily into more advanced chords next week. Playing the melody with left hand bass and right hand chords can be a little tricky, but the secret is to not overcomplicate things, as I describe in the videos. Enjoy and be sure to post any questions in the private Facebook Group.

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8 Lessons

Week 8: Advanced Chords

Welcome to Week 8: Advanced Chords. This week, we’re going deeper into more advanced chord voicings and alterations you can apply to “plain” chords you come across in your piano playing. We’re gonna be making some pretty interesting sounds, and this is definitely a week you’ll want to refer back to later, since it gets a little complicated at times. So, let’s jump in kick things up a notch, shall we?

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4 Lessons

Week 9: Walking Bass and Fills

Welcome to Week 9: Walking Bass and Fills. This week, I decided to talk more about walking bass and fills, since I’ve been getting some questions about those things. I think walking bass is one of the coolest techniques on the piano – I don’t use it a lot, but when I do, I really rely on it to make a great, professional sound.

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Week 10: Introductions

Welcome to Week 10: Introductions. This week is just a quick lesson on introductions – how to create simple, nice-sounding intros, and some examples of introductions from famous songs.

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7 Lessons

Week 11: Endings

Welcome to Week 11: Endings. This week, I share some simple endings you can use to put a nice finishing touch on just about any song.

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7 Lessons

Week 12: Improvisation

Welcome to Week 12: Improvisation. It took me quite a bit of mental anguish to put this week’s lessons together, I must admit, since improvisation is a very complex topic that could be discussed for weeks. Finally, it came to me while driving in my car… I would present lessons in increasing order of difficulty. So, I hope you find something you can latch on to this week, whether it be the basic improvisation concepts or the more advanced.

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4 Lessons

Week 13: Putting It All Together

Welcome to Week 13: Putting It All Together. This week is more about concepts than about me showing you techniques, so it’s just me talking and showing you a nifty website I use all the time. Oh, and there’s a bit of a life lesson in here, too – don’t worry, nothing too heavy ?

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6 Lessons

Week 14 (Bonus Week): Example Songs

Welcome to Bonus Week 14: Example Songs. I took a few suggestions via email and the Facebook Group and put together my versions of some lead sheets from a couple of popular fake books, AND I also get into a little Floyd Cramer styling.

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