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Play Piano 14: Improvise on Moon River by Ear Power Chords

Learn how to do transfer chord to do flowing Improvisation. Dress up Moon River with 2-5 chords for music arrangement.
Instructor:
Rosa Suen
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IDENTIFY the basic chords to the song Moon River
DRESS up the music from its basic form to advance chords
UNDERSTAND how chord substitution works in a song
LISTEN to the chord progression of a song
KNOW how to improvise over the chord progression of a song
APPLY 2-5 Power chords to the song

Play Piano 14:  Play Popular Songs By Ear Using Chord Progression!  Improvise & Put 2-5 Power Chords to “Moon River”  + WORKBOOKS

I have developed this Amazing 2-5 Power Chord Reharmonization Method to help you gain success to playing your favorite standards.

 2-5 Power Chords are found in many standards and popular movie themes.  They make rich full sounds that will captivate your audience wanting more.

In this song “Moon River”, I show you how to take a tune from its basic harmony  ( I  IV  V7 )  to advanced sophisticated chords.  

Moon River” is composed by Henry Mancini in 1961 with lyrics written by Johnny Mercer.  The song won the year’s Academy Award for Best Original Song.  It was originally sung in the movie “Breakfast Tiffany’s” by Audrey Hepburn.  In 1962, the song won the Grammy Award Record of the year.

Here’s the Secret to this Song:  The Basic Chord progression constantly move between Chord I and Chord IV.  You often see the progression moving from C – F – C – F – C – F – C.  The song uses a lot of chord extensions of the color chords so that you don’t need to make too many changes to the basic chords.. You will also discover 2 chord patterns of this song: moving down in 3rds and moving in the Circle of 5ths.

We are going to follow a Play by Ear Procedure:

First, we need to establish a harmonic foundation to the song with basic chords so that you understand how complex chords come into play.   You are going to improvise the song with basic chord progression by EAR.

I put in a section on Easy Improvisation.  I show you different ways to improvise around the chord progressions so that you learn “tone motion voice leading”.  Even when you don’t play the actual melody of the song, you can hear the song in the background when you play the harmonic chord progressions. This is a good ear training program to help you play many standard and pop songs by EAR.

Second, Learn 2-5 Powr Chord Rules & Chord Substitutions to “Unchained Melody Improvisation“. 

In this song, I teach you how to use 2-5 Power chords to reharmonize the song from the harmonic basic chord foundation.  

  • Learn how an easy chord progression of using 2-5 standards chord progressions. 

  •  Learn how to create half-step chromatic movement to create descending sounding basslines.  

In the full arrangement, you will be playing the song in Key of G with the following chords: 

  • C

  • CM9

  • C7

  • Am11

  • Am7

  • F7#11

  • Em7

  • Bm7b5

  • E7b9

  • Gm7

  • Fm7

  • Bb7

  • F#m7b5

  • B7

  • A7

  • A7b9

  • Am7/G

  • Am13/F#

  • F13

  • C6/9 

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Introduction & Overview of the Course

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Introduction to the Course - Overview
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Introductory Workbook 1: Understand 2-5 Power Chord Method
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Rosa's 2-5 Power Chord Step by Step Method Manual
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Rosa's DIY 2-5 Power Chord Slide Rule Template

Basic Chords & Sheet Music to Moon River

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Workbook 2 - Fun Activities

Improvisation Skill 1: Improvise on the Basic Harmonic Structure of the song

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Workbook 3 - Fun Activities
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Section A B A' C
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Tone Motion Voice Leading
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Improvisation with Chord Captions
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Improvisation with Lyrics Captions
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Play Along Improvisation with Chords

Improvisation Skill 2: Learn Transfer Chord Technique

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Workbook 4 - Fun Activities
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Transfer Chord Technique - Right Hand Takes Over
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Play Transfer Chords in a flowing manner
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Section A - Improvise Moon River with Transfer Chord Technique
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Section B - Improvise Moon River with Transfer Chord Technique
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Section A' - Improvise Moon River with Transfer Chord Technique
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Section C - Improvise Moon River with Transfer Chord Technique

Improvisation Skill 3: Learn Ballad Chord Technique

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Workbook 5 - Fun Activities
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LH Accompaniment: Ballad 9 Going Down
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The Finger Pattern

Improvisation Skill 4: Improvise with target tones approach

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Workbook 6 - Fun Activities
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Target Tones from Below: Section A Line 1 to Line 2
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Target Tones from Below: Section B Line 3 to Line 4
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Target Tones from below: Section A Line 5 to Line 6
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Target Tones From Below: Section C Line 7 to 9
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Target Tones from Above: Section A: Line 1 to Line 2
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Target Tones from Above: Section B: Line 3 to Line 4
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Target Tones from Above: Section A': Line 5 to Line 6
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Target Tones from Above: Section C Line 7 to 9

Improvisation Skill 5: Put 2-5 Power Chord before Chord I

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Workbook 7 - Fun Activities
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Dm7 G7 CM7
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Line 2 Bar 3&4: Dm7 G7
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Line 4 Bar 4: Dm7 G7
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Line 6 Bar 3&4: Dm7 G7
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Line 9 Bar 3: Dm7 G7

Improvisation Skill 6: Put 2-5 Power Chord before IV

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Workbook 8 - Fun Activities
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Gm7 C7 FM7
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Line 3 Bar 2: Gm7 C7

Improvisation Skill 7: Put 2-5 Power Chord before V7

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Workbook 9 - Fun Activities
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Am7 D7 G7
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Line 2 Bar 2: Am7 D7
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Line 4 Bar 3&4: Am7 D7
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Line 6 Bar 2&3: Am7 D7

Improvisation Skill 8: Put More 2-5 Power Chords in Line 1

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Workbook 10 - Fun Activities
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Apply Other Chord Substitutions in the empty spots
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Final Chord Chart for Line 1
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Why the Progression works

Improvisation Skill 9: Put More 2-5 Power Chords in Line 2

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Workbook 11 - Fun Activities
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Bm7b5 E7 Closed Voicing
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Line 2 Bar 3 to 4: Bm7b5 E7
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Apply Other Chord Substitutions in the empty spots
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Final Chord Chart for Line 2
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Why the Progression works

Improvisation Skill 10: Put More 2-5 Power Chords in Line 3

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Workbook 12 - Fun Activities
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Fm7 Bb7
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Line 3 Bar 3 to 4: Fm7 Bb7
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Apply Other Chord Substitutions in the empty spots
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Final Chord Chart for Line3
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Why the Progression works

Improvisation Skill 11: Put More 2-5 Power Chords in Line 4

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Workbook 13 - Fun Activities
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Line 4 Bar 2: F#m7b5 B7
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Line 4 Bar 3: Em7 A7
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Line 4 Bar 2, 3, 4
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Apply Other Chord Substitutions in the empty spots
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Final Chord Chart for Line 4
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Why the Progression works:

Improvisation Skill 12: Put More 2-5 Power Chords in Line 5

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Workbook 14 - Fun Activities

Improvisation Skill 13: Put More 2-5 Power Chords in Line 7

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Workbook 15 - Fun Activities
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Apply Other Chord Substitutions in the empty spots
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: Beautiful bassline: A to G to F#
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Final Chord Chart for Line 7:
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Why the Progression works

Improvisation Skill 14: Put More 2-5 Power Chords in Line 8

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Workbook 16 - Fun Activities
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Line 8 Bar 1 & 3: Em7 A7
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Apply Other Chord Substitutions in the empty spots
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Final Chord Chart for Line 8

Improvisation Skill 15: Put More 2-5 Power Chords in Line 9

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Workbook 17 - Fun Activities
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Apply other chord substitutions in the empty spots:
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Final Chord Chart for Line 9

Final Chord Chart with 2-5 Power Chords - Moon River

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Final Chord Chart with 2-5 Power Chords on Moon River

Reference Resource Video - 2-5 Power Chord for 12 Keys

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