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Navigating Chord Progressions

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    Introduction (6:25)


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    The Basic Progressions (11:20)


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    Examining a Bit of Chopin (10:25)


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    Applications to Jazz Chord Progressions (14:33)


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    A Must Know for Rockers (1:42)


Theory pro Tom Regis reveals some of the most common but most important chord progressions and how to train your ear to instantly recognize them, so you can better understand their structure and apply them to your own compositions!

Tom starts off by welcoming you and then bestows upon you the four foundational principles when learning to navigate and identify different chord progressions, including the importance of using your ears.

Next it’s on to the basic progressions starting with the I, IV, and V chords, and then minor chords and the sequences commonly used for them.

Tom then goes way back and reveals how the simple concepts outlined in basic progressions can apply to seemingly more advanced harmonic sequences such as those used by the great composer Chopin.

You’ll then jazz it up by looking into the language of Jazz and its familiar chord progressions, including those that are often used in the great Jazz Standards.

Finally, Tom shows you a progression that is a must know for all rockers, folksters, and hopefully, jazzers as well. From James Taylor, to Leonard Skynnard, to the Rolling Stones, this progression has given life to lots of great songs and jams.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you’re ready to better understand and recognize chord progressions and broad song structure, this is the series to watch. Get “Navigating Chord Progressions” today!


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Chubby
Submitted 6 months ago

Directive

This is the first time I've personally come across this guy, and maybe I should have watched his earlier videos first. I just got the feeling that perhaps this set of videos is an afterthought, and maybe should have been included in the said earlier videos.

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Nusrat
Submitted 7 months ago

Very Helpful

Back to basics at its best

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Cubase

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andreariccio
Submitted 8 months ago

good

it's an interesting course even if I'm a beginner musician and I do not understand English very well...

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro

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Shay
Submitted 8 months ago

street wise piano

It would be helpful in conjunction with your piano teacher especially If they are hung up on the classic style of training all the time. It would be helpful if You could slow the video down in order to see the chords more clearly. Learn to improvise and move away from sight reading.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician

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gerlachmusik
Submitted 8 months ago

excellent starting point

A private lesson in chord progressions with Tom Regis. An excellent starting point for further practice. Additional leadsheets would be helpfull.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools

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msonic
Submitted 8 months ago

Very nice

Very nice and usefull. Would be great if you could show the actual chord progressions writen out or maybe even have them as downloads.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Cubase, Nuendo

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stoney60
Submitted 8 months ago

helpful

Shows some basics with a lot of knowledge. at all too short would appreciate more in-depth insights.

I am a: Beginner, Musician, Pro Tools

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1. When did you start dabbling in music? I sat on my mom's lap when I was three while she played Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu, Beethoven's Sonata Pathetique, and Flight of the Bumble Bee. I started classical piano training at age 6, about the same time I was hearing the music of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. Drum lessons came at age 8.

2. What training have you had? New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Massachusetts, Bachelor of Music, with distinction award, Classical Piano with Nevarte Adrian, Madame Chaloff, Thomas Stumpf, Deborah Moriarity, Leonard Shure, and Yoriko Takahashi. Jazz Piano with Ran Blake, Charlie Banacos, and Jaki Byard. Schoenberg Theory of (diatonic) Harmony with Joe Manieri.

3. When did you get into recording? First recording was with a sound on sound 2 track reel to reel probably when I was 12 or so. Then later on to a 4 track Tascam cassette machine, an 8 track Fostex reel to reel, then 24 track 2 inch tape recording at Elias associates in NY, to 32 track Digital Mitsubishi (tape) in Los Angeles, and of course, on to the world of computers from Atari to Mac to PC back to Mac, and oh, wishing I owned a 16 track 2 inch!

4. People you have worked with/for? Michael Brecker, Will Lee, Phoebe Snow, Jeff Miranov, Sid McGinnis, Patti Austin, Tone Loc, Rafi, Rita Marley, Johnny Clegg and Savuka, Gilberto Gil, Celia Cruz, Eddie Gomez, Marcus Miller, Marianne Faithful, Ofra Haza, Ron Carter . . .

5. Why are you so good at training people? My outstanding personality! Studying both jazz and classical music has given me a broad understanding of the fundamentals of music. I try to convey these fundamentals as clearly as possible, and also to remember that music is primarily about inspiration - you get the technical understanding so that part becomes transparent, and the rest can flow.

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Navigating Chord Progressions is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from Directive This is the first time I've personally come across this guy, and maybe I should have watched his earlier videos first. I just got the feeling that perhaps this set of videos is an afterthought, and maybe should have been included in the said earlier videos.
Date published: 2018-02-25
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Back to basics at its best
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from street wise piano It would be helpful in conjunction with your piano teacher especially If they are hung up on the classic style of training all the time. It would be helpful if You could slow the video down in order to see the chords more clearly. Learn to improvise and move away from sight reading.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from excellent starting point A private lesson in chord progressions with Tom Regis. An excellent starting point for further practice. Additional leadsheets would be helpfull.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from helpful Shows some basics with a lot of knowledge. at all too short would appreciate more in-depth insights.
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very nice Very nice and usefull. Would be great if you could show the actual chord progressions writen out or maybe even have them as downloads.
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from good it's an interesting course even if I'm a beginner musician and I do not understand English very well...
Date published: 1969-12-31
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