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Color Chord Improvisation

About the Color Chord Improvisation Method

Color Chord Improvisation Volumes 1 and 2

COLOR brings the art of life to the forefront.

Think back to the times when you saw a rainbow. Those experiences linger within us even now.

Our thoughts are romantic, happy, enthusiastic, imaginative, tranquil, sorrowful, passionate, daring, and refreshing.

We feel young again. We are lost in our dreams. The hours pass in a flash. We have the urge to run to the end of the rainbow. We laugh until tears start rolling down our face.

You, too, can experience such magical moments on this journey of learning to play songs colorfully with flair.

Songs are painted with chords of rainbow colors. Each color chord has its own distinctive quality of sound. When splashes of color are added, they add sparks to our music. When old hymns are dressed up with contemporary color sounds, there is a fresh flavor. We feel uplifted.

Have you ever watched a painter move his brush across the canvas? The brush strokes of a good artist are swift and sure. He chooses appropriate combination of colors to make the picture blend in harmony. Different colors create different moods and atmosphere. He uses light and shade to create depth and dimension in the images.

Like a painter, I will show you the broad strokes of music. I also show you the details of colors in the actual application. Like a painter, you need to learn how to choose different color chords to harmonize your music into a beautiful masterpiece. Discover what these colors are and how different combinations of color tones can bring excitement to your music! Your piano playing will never be the same again!

CHORD playing is my main emphasis in the CCI method. You will learn many chords. There are the basic black and white triad chords, color chords, color chords with extensions and fancy alterations.

Here is a chart of color chords that are associated with the C chord:

Chords Chord Symbols Chord Extensions Chord Alterations
C major C    
C minor Cm    
C two C2    
C suspended Csus2
C six C6    
C minor six Cm6    
C augmented C+ C+7  
C diminished Co Co7  
C major seven CM7 CM9
C minor seven Cm7 Cm9
C seven C7 C7/6 C9
C13(-9 -13)
C13(-9 +11 -13)
C13(+9 -13)

We use a variety of chords to express different musical ideas.

The CCI method leads you to play advanced color chords quickly so that you do not need to plough through years of studies. Chord substitution and reharmonization techniques will be explored.

Many frustrated pianists are unable to translate complex chord symbols straight away onto the piano. I´ve bridged that gap for you by providing keyboard diagrams to help you visualize what color chords look like on the piano. What is seen in your mind can then be easily translated into your fingers. My approach helps you find chord color tones effortlessly, so that you can tap into the secret of playing in the flow.

IMPROVISATION is the art of creativity which makes all songs come alive and fresh. You can indeed play a song a hundred times, yet play it differently each time.

Don´t you love it when you watch people improvise freely at the piano? And don´t you envy people who can just sit down at the piano and play music off the top of their heads?

I had often said to myself, "That will never happen to me!" I always had this burning desire to improvise, but how? I always thought this is only for the gifted. Wrong! My CCI method will help you see things in a new way.

Be present when you play.
Let go and enjoy the process of creativity.
Be open. Be transparent.
Be willing to take risks. Be vulnerable.
Dare to be different.
Learn to fly into new uncharted territory.
I do this all the time.

Improvisation is difficult only because you block this possibility even before you give yourself a chance to start.

Wrong thinking stifles inspiration. You freeze your creativity by saying, "I don´t know enough. I am not good enough. I am not ready." You will never be ready with this kind of internal dialogue.

When will you be ready? You are ready the moment you sit in front of the piano. That´s all there is to it. This is the approach I want you to take when you follow my lessons.

You don´t need years of piano lessons to improvise. You can start even as a total beginner. All my beginning students are shocked to discover they can start making their own music right away.

The Color Chord Improvisation Method works.

You must let go of all self-criticism and let the music lead you. This is not something you can learn by reading a book. Even my video demos are only one of the many possible ways of presenting across the musical ideas. You must connect to the music and play in the moment.

Improvisation is the first step to composition. Composition is a sophisticated word for writing your own music. When we were in school, we learned to draw our own pictures. We learned to write our own stories. We even wrote poetry and haikus. But did we ever write our own music? Never!

Nobody, not even our music teachers, ever encouraged or taught us to make music! It seems to be an area that´s off limits, reserved for the gifted Mozart and the talented few. We were always taught to learn someone else´s music and sing someone else´s song. The idea of composing paralyzes us. Yet, oddly enough, we all made our own music and sang our own songs in our cribs. We were already enjoying our world of music. From the beginning, we were born with this gift of creativity.

In my Color Chord Improvisation lessons, I deliberately include a section on free play to rekindle this unattended gift. I provide a framework with guidelines to develop your improvisational creativity. There is a composer in all of us. It is about playing spontaneous music that is fully original.

Our deepest fear is not that we feel inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we don´t know where that art of creativity may take us.

We feel insecure when we move into unknown territories. We feel vulnerable. We feel we are not in control anymore. Similarly, we are afraid to put too much passion into our life, into our work, into our relationships, into anything. We want to remain in the safety zone of moderation, to cover and protect ourselves where no one can come in to criticize us or judge us. This is where the majority of the crowd prefers to snuggle down.

TAKE MY ADVICE: Dare to launch out to experience the freedom of creativity!

Go to the top left of this page to find out about the volumes in this exciting series.

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