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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

MA (Oxon), MA (Leeds), FRCO(CHM), FLCM, ARCM
Gareth achieved his first musical diplomas at the age of fifteen. Three years later he collected the Dixon and Turpin prizes for FRCO and was already engaged as a recitalist around Europe. He held Organ Scholarships at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London; Worcester College, Oxford University; Canterbury Cathedral. In 1985, he was appointed Director of Music at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield, leaving in 1990 to pursue his free-lance interests as a recitalist, conductor, accompanist, adjudicator, composer and ABRSM examiner. Gareth is also now an ABRSM moderator, trainer and an international co-ordinator. He has released various recordings, both as a soloist and accompanist, and his musical endeavours have taken him as far a field as America, Bermuda, Hong Kong and Singapore. With over 35 years of experience as a private teacher he tutors students across the U.K. and throughout the world, his video courses are highly acclaimed. He's committed to developing the all-round integrated skills that equip every musician.


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Frequently Asked Questions


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?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us and we'll be sure to quickly resolve any issues you might have.

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