This course is for modern musicians of any genre that want to learn how to increase their chord palate and impress their music friends. If you play only classical music, you probably don't want to take this course. If you play by ear, play charts or lead sheets, or have to improvise, an understanding of chords is vital.
Target audience: Musicians of any age and genre that play modern music
Length and format: 75 minutes of video instruction discussing the chords and playing them in real music at the piano. Worksheets and a summary sheet are also provided.
Chords discussed: This course covers five 3-note chords (triads) and ten 4-note chords. (5-7 note chords are covered in another course.) The specific chords covered are: major triad, minor triad, diminished triad, augmented triad, suspended triad, major 7th, minor 7th, dominant, full diminished, half diminished, major 6, minor 6, suspended dominant, minor major 7th, and augmented 7th.
Instructor: Greg Howlett is a concert pianist and well known, successful educator of musicians around the world.
- A computer or other device to watch the class and a printer to print the worksheets.
- A piano or other instrument to practice the chords on.
- A working knowledge of how to read music. Students should be able to read notes off a treble and bass staff.
- A desire to learn improvisation, especially the cool chords that you hear the top musicians in the world use.
- To teach students to quickly build and recognize all important 3-note and 4-note chords.
Greg Howlett is a concert pianist, writer and arranger of music and a music educator. His diverse professional expertise includes releasing eight CDs, recording two live for-TV concerts that are airing around the world, and producing for many other musicians.
Greg is well known as an educator. He has sold thousands of courses to musicians all over the world in areas of music such as harmony, arranging, and improvisation. He also regularly teaches online classes to musicians (especially pianists).
However, Greg is most known as a producer of music. His earliest release, Timeless Reflections, was a solo piano project that launched his career. He followed up with Reflections on a Journey, an orchestra/piano project collaboration with Steve Mauldin and the world-acclaimed Nashville String Machine. A few years later, he did another orchestra/piano project entitled Portraits of Hope. Since then, he has released four more CDs including a children's project Heirloom in 2014 that generated 100,000 downloads in a month.
Greg recorded his first TV special Live in Charleston in 2010. Recorded in Charleston, SC, it featured Greg with guest musicians including Grammy-winner Andy Leftwich on fiddle. In 2012, he did another TV special in Atlanta, GA that featured forty musicians on stage including an orchestra and band. Both TV specials are widely airing around the world.
Married with four children, Greg lives in Monroe, GA. He spends his time writing music, doing concerts, and producing music for himself and other musicians.