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Naming Chords and Emotional Connections

Major, Minor, Diminished, Extensions, ... (old video)

Many people have chord naming problems or believe that all those jazzy chords with lots of numbers are 'difficult'. In this video, finally understand major and minor chords, 7ths, Major 7ths, Diminished chords, augmented chords, extensions, voicings and so on... You will be encouraged to master all twelve keys because nothing can be understood or played instantly without knowledge of the 12 major scales; they really are so, so quick and easy to learn


Should you be interested in the Water Pianism Syllabus, the price has been reduced to $100USD ($80 if you’re a registered member) and is only available via PayPal now. I recommend reading the Syllabus Overview Document before contacting me for the payment address. I hope you will enjoy the concept and be interested in taking the journey. It has been much requested for a very long time indeed.

I have a new playlist called Straight & To The Point which contains videos only 4-6 mins in length. You can find them of course by looking in the playlist or, if you happen to one isolated, it will carry a red, 5-min logo in the thumbnail for instant recognition.

I’ve started to make new thumbnails for some older videos, as well as for every new video so I hope you enjoy them and find them eye-catching. I’m not a graphic designer but I’ve come to accept that the YouTube algorithm requires unique ones and updated older ones and I’ve already started seeing higher numbers so they can’t be too bad!

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Best, Dan.


Andrew Liao:  As a firm believer of Water Pianism (WP) philosophies, I have no doubt that the philosophical approach to piano established by “danthecomposer” has help me learn to play any Jazz repertoire systematically. Once I select a song I start listening to several recordings to be stored in my “internal jukebox”. Then, I dissect chord progression from a lead sheet. The basic song structure, including tempo, is then stored in my “internal manuscript” and “internal metronome”. Often I spend two to three weeks just to rehearse the aforementioned internals “away” from piano. When I am “at” piano, I focus on my natural fingering and steadiness of execution, not speed. Then, I play the repertoire over and over again to lessen conscious interference, subsequently becoming a spectator rather than a performer. Last, but not least, I work on improvisation and embellishment according to my music personality. At this point I should feel confident to play the repertoire fluently. I recommend highly the WP approach to anyone, especially to beginners who want to be a Jazz piano player.