How Chords Work

10:00 am - 1:00 pm Thursday 18 November 2021, online via Zoom

Guitar chord

Explore the theory and function of chords in music. We will discuss how chords work, how they are derived from scales, and what various chord symbols mean. Please note that this workshop will not include how to find the various chord shapes on a guitar or any other instrument. Instead we will explore the theory behind chords, what notes should be included, and how they function in chord progressions. You will receive a handout with a summary of the material covered. Guitarists, pianists, and anyone who is interested in the theory of chords, all welcome!
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Course Content

  • A brief introduction to western music
  • Major keys
  • The Cycle of Fiths
  • How chords come from scales
  • Minor keys
  • Chords in minor keys
  • Chord progressions
  • Adding notes to chords
  • Dominant 7th chords
  • Other 7th chords
  • Suspensions: sus2 and sus4
  • Chords with 6ths
  • Augmented chords
  • Diminished chords
  • Further chord extensions: 9ths, 11ths and 13ths

How to Enrol

Next class: Thursday 18 November 2021
3 hours, 10:00 - 1:00 pm
Online via Zoom, through Susan Deas Music
$65.50 inc GST
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Enrolments close 15 November 2021

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“Your knowledge of music is mind boggling! You are able to draw on such a rich and varied resource of examples to illustrate the concepts you want the class to grasp. It is one thing to have the knowledge; it is entirely another to communicate that knowledge to a beginner like me”

“Your preparation is exemplary! Examples you've accumulated and their appropriateness is just super. Your knowledge is fantastic too!”

“You have the necessary expertise to use not only the written word but  carefully selected audio visual materials as well. I am so impressed with the way you can go to the piano and illustrate a point, almost without thinking!! Such knowledge is truly rare”

About Susan Deas

Susan Deas is a professional musician, lecturer and teacher. She has been teaching piano and music theory for over twenty years, and is accredited in both Piano and Musicianship. Her training includes a Bachelor of Music with a major in Performance (Piano) and Musicology, a Master of Music Studies (Studio Pedagogy), a Bachelor of Arts (Communications), and an A.Mus.A in Musicianship. Susan also lectures in music theory and music appreciation for Sydney University’s Centre for Continuing Education, WEA Sydney and at other venues. She performs professionally as a pianist and organist, as well as giving professional development workshops and lessons to private music teachers. Susan is on the Council of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW.

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