Lear For Free- Play By Ear 3: Use My 3 Chord Trick to Harmonize C Key Songs
April 21, 2015
Are you bored to tears playing piano? As I am writing out this page, I just received the following message from my student Barbara who has been taking my piano courses one after another:“We are on fire with the need to accomplish goals and you are a God given teacher!! 🙂 I seem to be having a love affair with my piano now….can’t get enough and want to be with the keys all day. It’s a wonderful feeling. I praise God for all the knowledge and you for sharing your talent.”

Start picking up the Skill to PLAY by EAR and your piano playing is going to take off like it has for my student here. You will be in love with your piano, playing your music, making music at the piano ALL day! Believe me, I see this happening to students all the time.

Learn to play by EAR and learn how to harmonize songs by EAR! It is a very comprehensive in-depth study so that you will be able to pick up this skill IMMEDIATELY.

Learn more about this free course at this link.

You need to free your mind from reading notes, free your mind from memorizing things, and just concentrate on LISTENING to SOUNDS, listening to CHORD progressions, listening to the sounds you play at the piano. This is what piano playing is about!

My students are having so much FUN and on FIRE at the piano from one course to another. This is Level 3 of part of the Play by Ear Series.

Overview of the Course:

In this course, you are going to learn about CHORDS & MELODY in Harmony!

You will pick up 34 Magic Tips & a total of 17 Songs to practice on so that you can harmonize hundreds of songs with only 3 Chords: I, IV, V7


Part A: Melody Tones vs Chord Tones

Magic Tip 1: Distinguish Melody Tones from Chord Tones

Magic Tip 2: Chords are built from scale tones

Magic Tip 3: Listen to the 3 Tone Chords

Magic Tip 4: Triad Chord Tones: R 3 5 or 1 3 5

Magic Tip 5: Triad Chords in C Key – 7 Diatonic Chords

Magic Tip 6: Many songs can be harmonized with 3 Major Chords

Part B: Tonic Chord I and its distinctive character

Magic Tip 7: Chord 1 (R 3 5) is C Chord in Key C

Magic Tip 8: Use Left Hand to Play Chords: R 3 5

Magic Tip 9: Chord 1 Harmonizes with Melody tones: 1, 3, 5

Magic Tip 10: Chord 1 is the Home Chord – Beginning and End

Magic Tip 11: Find Places where you can put in Chord 1

Magic Tip 12: Study the tones of each measure to see what tones dominant

Part C: V7 Dominant Chord and its distinctive character

Magic Tip 13: Dominant Chord is V7 in the Scale

Magic Tip 14: Formula for V7 – R 3 5 b7

Magic Tip 15: The personality of V7 Chord

Magic Tip 16: V7 harmonizing melody tones

Magic Tip 17: V7 Chord has a Tritone creating highest tension interval (4 and 7)

Magic Tip 18: V7 Dissonant Chord Moving to Stable Chord I

Magic Tip 19: V7 to I has a Perfect Cadence Sound

Magic Tip 20: V Chord harmonizes with melody tones 7, 2, 5

Magic Tip 21: V7 Chord harmonizes with melody tones 7, 2, 5, 4

Magic Tip 22: How to Write Chord Progression of Songs

Part D: Subdominant Chord IV and its distinctive character

Magic Tip 23: Chord IV Subdominant Chord – F Chord

Magic Tip 24: Chord IV Formula: R 3 5

Magic Tip 25: Chord IV in relation to Chord I & V7

Magic Tip 26: Chord IV is a travelling chord

Magic Tip 27: Chord IV has 2 movements

Magic Tip 28: Ending of a Chord Progression IV to I – Plagal Cadence

Magic Tip 29: Chord IV harmonizes with melody tones: 4, 6, 1

Magic Tip 30: Left Hand F Block Chords & RH Harmonizing Tones

Part E: Rosa’s Easy Play By Ear Method – 3 Chord Melody Tone Trick

Magic Tip 31: Melody Chord Theory

Magic Tip 32: Three Chord trick covers all 7 Scale Tones

Magic Tip 33: Which chord to choose when tones appear in both?

Magic Tip 34: Chord Trick: I IV V7

17 Songs:

1. Clementine

2. Ode to Joy

3. On Top Of Old Smokey

4. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

5. Amazing Grace

6. Oh Danny Boy

7. Blessed be the Tie that Binds

8. This is my Father’s world

9. Today

10. Bridge Over Troubled Water

11. Day By Day

12. Auld Lang Syne

Bonus Gospel Songs:

13. Trust and Obey

14. Be Still and Know

15. Deeper, Deeper

16. Thanks to God

17. Just As I am

Bonus Popular Songs:

18. You are my Sunshine

19. Silent Night

20. Do Re Mi

21. Edelweiss

22. Unchained Melody

23. Moon River

24. Away In a Manger

25. Yesterday

In Depth Study on these Chord Changes:

1. I to IV

2. IV to I

3. I to V7

4. IV to V7

5. V7 to I

My students tell me that my teaching and videos are very motivating and entertaining! I think what they mean is that they are learning a lot and having lots of fun.

Enroll into this course and learn all my secrets of loving piano playing,


What are the requirements?

  • Know how to pick out melodies of songs
  • Preferably they have taken my Play By Ear Method 1 course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 120 lectures and 4 hours of content!
  • Listen to Chord Tones
  • Distinguish Chord Tones from Melody tones
  • How Chord Tones are formed
  • Listen Deeply to the characters of the Chord I, IV, V7
  • Hear the Home Base Chord
  • Listen to the Key of the Song
  • Distinguish Chord 1 from Chord V7
  • Spot why Chord V7 is a tension chord
  • Understand Leading Tone
  • Know which melody tones harmonize with which chord
  • Feel the distinct character of Chord 1
  • Feel the tension of the song
  • Know where to spot the dissonance of Chord V7
  • Hear how Chord IV travels within the melody
  • Play many songs using my 3 Chord Trick
  • Listen to how chord IV is distinctively a Travelling Chord
  • Identify the transient chords
  • Identify the Plagal Amen Chord Ending
  • Train your ears to listen to moods of the song
  • Feel the song when it goes up to a tension sound
  • Feel the calming and gentle nature of the Amen Ending
  • Feel the release of tension when V7 goes to I

What is the target audience?

  • People who dream to play by ear
  • all musicians whether they play guitar, piano, ukulele, violin, etc

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