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Keyboard Harmony

Learn the essential skills of keyboard harmony and strengthen your practical musicianship expertise.

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Many musicians want to develop their keyboard harmony skills, yet this is not easily achieved through text books. This course brings the topic to life by being completely practical, yet with ‘need to know’ theoretical aspects explained as required. In this course, principles are explained and demonstrated, and there is ample opportunity to pause and to try out each step.

The course is presented in three parts.

During part one the chord system is explained and work is undertaken converting triads to chords. Cadences and common chord progressions are rehearsed in major keys, advice is offered on how to avoid common traps, and the section concludes with work on dealing with melodic lines and chords.

In part two, inversion chords are explored and advice is offered on how to handle the less common, more awkward chords. The challenges of working in minor keys feature, and further development in relation to harmonising melodies is covered.

Part three begins by developing the ability to improvise melodic material over given harmony, before moving on to explore pivot chords and modulation, work with extended chords and chromatic chords, then broadening the range of keys. The course ends with suggestions for injecting character into keyboard harmony so that it sounds convincing as a piece of music rather than just being a technical exercise.

By the end of this course you will have acquired invaluable keyboard harmony skills that will translate into any musical style. Enjoy!


Your Instructor


Gareth Green
Gareth Green

Hi, I’m Gareth and I'm passionate about developing ‘the all round musician’.

Nearly 35 years of music examining with ABRSM, work with the BBC on Radio and TV, experience on the international concert platform, as a published composer and arranger, have brought rich resources to the 40 years of teaching in which I've engaged.

Scholarships at The Royal College of Music, Oxford University and St. Paul’s Cathedral gave me fantastic opportunities to learn from the best musicians, scholars and teachers. Working as Director of Music at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School then provided a wonderful opportunity to develop my teaching skills.

Teaching individuals and groups of all ages, and at all stages of development have refined a teaching approach that I hope is fun and engaging, and focused on explaining things clearly and logically. And that is what these courses are all about - understanding the basic principles with clarity, then going deeper, applying them to your musical life and liberating yourself as a musician.

It’s a rich and amazing journey, and I can’t wait for you to join me today!



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When does the course start and finish?
It is a completely self-paced online course! Watch and replay lessons as you wish - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you'll have unlimited lifetime access to this course, across any and all the devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
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