January 5, 2019

Skilled Musician

Ever wonder how some people are able to add lots of chords to what seems like a simple chord progression? Have you ever wanted to add interesting chords to the songs you play, but not sure how? In this video, we explore 9 different passing chord concepts and how to apply them to exponentially improve your playing! Here is the link to the midi files and sheet music http://www.skilledmusician.com/checko… Please use the timestamps below to access specific endings as the video is a longer one.

#0 – The Foundation – 1:50 #1 – Chromatic Passing Chord – 2:55 #2 – The Diminished Passing Chord – 6:16#2b – The Diminished Scale – 9:34 #3 – Secondary Dominant Passing Chords – 10:27 #4 – Tritone Substitution – 12:28 #5 – ii-V-I Passing Chords – 14:47 #6 – Backdoor Progression Passing Chords – 17:02 #7 – Parallel Motion Passing Chords – 19:16 #8 – Using The Melody – 20:58 #9 – Corey’s Special Passing Chords – 25:24 Outro – 28:47 Software Used A software program called Chordie by a guy on YouTube named Matkat Music. Here are my affiliate links to the software in case you want to purchase it – (For Windows) https://gumroad.com/a/612676723/ZBQGv or (For Mac) https://gumroad.com/a/612676723/lmSkV Social Media Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/skilledmusi… Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/skilledmusician



Published on Jul 14, 2016

This is Everything Music Episode 8 called How To Build and Use Polychords Part 1. If you want to get even more in depth on Polychords or any of my other content, Please check out my Patreon link below. It will tell you how to get PDF’s of all my video content. Thanks! Follow Me On: YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/c/RickBeato Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/rickbeatopro… Patreon – http://patreon.com/user?u=3400819 Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/rickbeato1/



Published on Sep 21, 2018

Thank you to my Patreon supporters! They literally are why these lessons exist. https://bit.ly/2zFwzOO My new 80’s single – https://youtu.be/bHwwJihitl0 The minMaj7 chord is a hilariously unique and distinct chord that is almost universally perceived as mysterious, creepy, or uncertain. I ask all my students how chords “feel” to them and none of them have EVER named this chord with a positive or bright emotion. It’s good for a gag, but is also very lovely when combined in melodic ways. This video demonstrates the basics of the minor major 7th chord, the music theory on how to build it, where you may have heard it before, and some advice on how you might use it yourself. A special thank you to: Linas Orentas Marek Pawlowski John Arnold Christopher Swanson Marc Bulandr



Published on Sep 20, 2017

What are harmonic inversions? If you’re not using them, you run the risk of writing very boring progressions and pieces. But they don’t have to be a scary confusing thing. In this episode, I try to unpack them just a little bit and make them just a little more useful and less intimidating.



Harmonic Progression

August 16, 2016


This video corresponds with material from chapter 7 in your textbook, which has some very useful diagrams that summarize this information. Please check that out!

0:00 Introduction
1:18 Tonic triads
2:29 Dominant triads
3:52 Supertonic triads
4:50 Root movement by descending fifth
6:11 Submediant triads
7:19 Mediant triads
8:41 Leading tone triads
10:03 Subdominant triads
11:29 Three common exceptions




May 28, 2016


Reading Lead Sheets 1

July 25, 2015

Bill Hilton



Sometimes as a pianist it’s easy to get ‘trapped’ in just a few keys that you feel comfortable with. That’s not necessarily a problem, but it can mean that you find yourself in trouble if you’re playing piano in a band, or accompanying a singer, and you’re asked to play in a more difficult key – working the chords out on paper is straightforward enough, but you can find that they don’t fall under your fingers on the piano keyboard as easily as chords do in more familiar keys. In this tutorial I look at a simple exercise you can do to get familiar with the different chord shapes in every major key (and ever minor key, if you use a minor chord progression).