Learn To Improvise & Arrange Hymns & Gospel Songs On The Piano!

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
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•”Hymn of the Month” Program In Improvising & Arranging The Hymns & Gospel Songs You Love!•

•  Please click here to learn all about the program: http://www.christian-music-lessons.com/members/

 

•  Hi, this is Duane and this is your invitation to the ultimate piano improvising and arranging course for folks you want to play beautiful and unique hymns & gospel songs on the piano.

 

•  We’re going to learn to play the great hymns of the faith, we have a hymn of the month video training program with me and we’re going to take a different hymn every month. We’ll cover all the great hymns like “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”, “Fairest Lord Jesus” and on and on. We’ll take one hymn per month and we’ll master it.

 

• Some months you’ll get four videos. Four videos online that you can watch and study, along with the sheet music of course, and you’re going to master each song phrase by phrase. It’s really a crash course on creative improvising and arranging hymns and gospel songs.

 

• We’re going to unlock the secrets to playing full and colorful gospel piano and transforming hymns from the hymn book into full blown beautiful and exciting arrangements.

 

• Four brand new videos every month, plus lots of bonus materials, demonstrating in great detail and slow motion, every single note of the song you’ll be learning to arrange and improvise on. You’ll look down and see my hands play in very slow motion, chord by chord, note by note.

 

• Then at the end of that month, actually at the start of the next month, you’ll get a complete sheet music arrangement of the song we just learned to play. You’ll be able to play a full arrangement of that song at the end of that month.

 

• At the end of the year, you’ll have 12 songs. If you stay with me for more than one year, you’ll have 24 or 36 or 48 or for however long we go.

 

• It’s going to be an exciting, an exciting program so I urge you to sign up right away and I’ll look forward to it. We’ll see you then. Bye.

 

• Please click here to learn all about the program: http://www.christian-music-lessons.com/members/

 

• Here is the YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwzOSjZpprA
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Playing Amazing Grace On The Piano Using Simple Chords & Complex Chords

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
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Amazing Grace On The Piano – For Beginners & For More Advanced Players

Good morning. This is Duane and today I’d like to take a look at Amazing Grace on the piano.  We’re going to be able to play Amazing Grace with just three chords. If you are a beginner, or a semi beginner, you can get by with just three chords or with many, many chords, okay, and I’ll just illustrate that. Say we play it in the key of F, then we base our playing on the scale of F, which just has one flat, B flat, right? The one chord in the key of F would be F of course, that’s the F chord. The four chord would be B flat and the five chord would be C and we know from our previous studies that the three primary chords in any key are always one, four and five. They’re the homeboy chords. They’re the ones that belong in that key and they’re used far and away the most, okay? So, the in the key of F, the F key is obviously used more than any others. The second used chord is either the four chord or the five chord. They’re both used a lot, okay? Now, that doesn’t mean you can’t use other chords. You can use many other chords, but those are the most likely to occur in any given song. Let me just play through Amazing Grace with just with the three chords. That’s the F chord,  F. F, C, F.

…By the way, that’s a Plagal Cadence. It’s simply a four chord pointing to a one chord and you voice a kind of like that, you just play, one, four, one. It’s a nice ending to a song. It’s kind of like the end of a hymn, okay, and is used in lots of other contexts such at “still crazy after all these years” by Paul Simon, so it’s used other places as well.

I played through the Amazing Grace with just those three chords, but I can use many others, couldn’t I? How do I do that? I ask myself, what other chord this melody note. Now the melody is F. What else will fit in beside F? Well, the D minor chord has F in it, so I can do that. I can use a G 7th chord because that has the notes of a G 7th chord in it. It’s kind of a play a little cadence there. B minor again, G 7th, B flat, F, B flat, F, okay? Now, I can take it a lot faster. I can use a lot more chords than that so, let me just illustrate. Let’s take it that far. I used E minor 11th, and then I slid down to E flat 7th and then D minor, and then B flat and then I could play A minor, D minor, G 7th. That’s G minor 7th and that’s going to C or G 7th. Now, instead of going to F, I could go to C minor 7. That’s C. I mean, that’s the B flat chord, but it’s not a major 7th. A minor, D minor, G 7th, that’s B flat. Major 7th over C and then the final note is F, so I could go home to F, but I could also go to D flat, because D flat is a…The D flat chord has F in it. D flat, F. You see, there’s, excuse me, I apologize for my voice again. There’s almost an infinite variety of chords you can choose, other than the three chords, but you want to start out with the three primary chords and then grow from there. Well, my voice is running out, so I’ll see you tomorrow with another piano tip, so bye-bye for now.

***For lots more good stuff on piano playing come on over to my website at http://www.playpiano.com and sign up for our free piano tips – “Exciting Piano Chords & Sizzling Chord Progressions!”

Here’s a great little book on chords and chord progressions on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Piano-Chords-Chord-Progressions-Exciting-ebook/dp/B0076OUGDE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404158669&sr=1-1&keywords=piano+chords+duane+shinn

You’ll learn piano chords galore and how to apply them when you play piano – major chords, minor chords, augmented chords, diminished chords, 6th chords, 7th chords, 9th chords, 11th chords, 13th chords, suspensions, alterations and more. Chords are the “missing link” in most piano lessons and you can learn them all easily. Learn piano playing and music theory at the same time – it will make your progress faster and you will understand music like you never have before.

Here is the video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBa0_9w_W4o&feature=youtu.be

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Gospel Chords? Add Color & Fullness To Every Hymn Or Gospel Song You Play

Monday, February 2nd, 2015
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Playing Gospel Chords On Your Piano To Make Songs Come To Life!

Many people have asked me over the years to teach them “gospel chords” and “jazz chords”.  Chords are chords, no matter what the song or context, and while it’s true that most gospel music uses  lots of dominant 7th chords, while most jazz uses more complex chords, they are still just chords – groups of notes played at the same time (or close to the same time). A lot of the sound you get from either gospel or jazz is in the touch – grace notes and blue notes added. But at the same time, we can generalize and teach some basic chord structures for both. Watch the video and you’ll get the idea.

***For lots more good stuff on piano playing come on over to my website at http://www.playpiano.com and sign up for our free piano tips – “Exciting Piano Chords & Sizzling Chord Progressions!”

Here’s a great little book on chords and chord progressions on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Piano-Chords-Chord-Progressions-Exciting-ebook/dp/B0076OUGDE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404158669&sr=1-1&keywords=piano+chords+duane+shinn

You’ll learn piano chords galore and how to apply them when you play piano – major chords, minor chords, augmented chords, diminished chords, 6th chords, 7th chords, 9th chords, 11th chords, 13th chords, suspensions, alterations and more. Chords are the “missing link” in most piano lessons and you can learn them all easily. Learn piano playing and music theory at the same time – it will make your progress faster
and you will understand music like you never have before.

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What you Should Know about Gospel Music

Thursday, May 30th, 2013
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What you Should Know about Gospel Music

Classical music is an unfortunate term used to describe music usually played by orchestras, or using orchestra-type instruments. It’s an attempt to use a blanket term for many different styles of music. It’s not much different from coining the term, “radio music” for any type of music that you can hear on the radio.

The reason it’s important is because many types of music receive blanket labels. Jazz, pop (or popular), and Eastern are just a few. Today, let’s look at gospel music—another victim of the blanket label.

Gospel music generally refers to Christian music written for or about God. Gospel does not refer to music of other religions like Buddhist or even Judaism. Like all of these musical labels, the exact definition largely depends on who you ask. Within the category of gospel, there are many different styles. Here are a few:

Gospel Music
Gospel music is often considered music played in churches predominantly made up of African-American attendees. It’s written for live, praise and worship settings and is largely influenced by R&B and modern jazz. Gospel music might be charismatic, involve large choirs, and some of the genre’s artists are also known by secular music fans. Notable gospel musicians include CeCe Winans and Yolanda Adams and the incredible Take Six group.

Christian Metal
Every type of pop music genre also has a Christian based equivalent. In the 80s, when “hair band” heavy music was popular, Christian heavy metal which, at that time, was referred to as Christian Rock, was popular. Bands like Petra and Stryper brought heavy metal to the mainstream for Christian music fans.
Today, the genre is no longer as popular as it was in the 80s but some metal bands still exist. Keith Green was dominant in this era, and understandably so.

Contemporary Christian
Contemporary Christian music is inspired by today’s mainstream pop music. It has a simple chord structure, memorable and recognizable lyrics, and a similar and predictable form. The secular equivalent of the style might be Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, or Maroon 5.

Popular contemporary Christian artists include Chris Tomlin, MercyMe, and Big Daddy Weave.

Contemporary Worship
Contemporary Worship is similar to contemporary Christian except that it’s written primarily for use in church worship settings. (Although many churches record studio albums) The two genres sound much the same although worship music often has simple lyrics and melodies so listeners can easily sing along, and the lyrics more overtly speak to praising God.
Popular Contemporary Worship names aren’t often artists, but instead, Churches. The most notable is Hillsong Church but others like Gateway, and Bethel are also well known. Michael W. Smith produced two wonderful worship CD’s that define the style.

Other Genres
Others include Christian Bluegrass, R&B, Children’s gospel, and, of course, the more traditional hymns. Each of these genres has notable artists who may not be in the mainstream but have a following nonetheless. And of course George Beverly Shea singing with the Billy Graham crusades for 50 years must be included in any list of gospel music singers.

Finally…
Categorizing music is difficult and subjective and is often based on the knowledge and experience of the person categorizing. If you’re a music lover, move out of your comfort zone and listen to a new style of music. Regardless of the genre, you might wonder what you were missing for so long.

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Gospel Music: Some of the Most Popular Songs

Friday, April 27th, 2012
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With such a rich history supporting it, it’s difficult to pick a list of the best gospel songs. Any attempt to claim being the definitive list will no doubt meet spirited debate. That’s why a “top-ten”, or whatever other size list, is fun to create. They encourage debate and give fans a chance to add their own favorites to the discussion. It proves how popular gospel music is worldwide.

Songwriters compose gospel music to convey a personal or a community way of thinking regarding their Christian beliefs. The styles of gospel music vary as much as the creators of it do. That’s why it has such a diverse audience. Today, there’s gospel music targeted to the younger set. In addition, there are adult contemporary as well as the traditional offerings.

Regardless of the styles that are out there, a canon of standard popular gospel songs does exist. The following are some of the songs that traditionally make it onto a list of the most popular songs in the gospel genre. You will probably recognize many of them.

Amazing Grace

John Newton, an Englishman wrote the lyrics to this song. It first appeared in print in 1779 in Newton’s Olney Hymns. A plethora of artists from decade to decade has performed their versions of this much-loved work. The music of the song is a variant of an earlier written tune called “New Britain.”

Because He Lives

Bill and Gloria Gaither wrote this gospel song in 1970. Their inspiration for this song was the birth of healthy son Benjamin that year.

Daddy Sang Bass

Carl Perkins wrote this tune in 1968. Johnny Cash recorded the song that year and it went to number one on the charts. It enjoyed a several month stay there. It still enjoys consideration as a beloved gospel song to this day.

Peace in the Valley

Thomas A. Dorsey, originally wrote Peace in the Valley in 1939. He wrote it for Mahalia Jackson. The song was a hit for Red Foley and the Sunshine Boys in 1951.

Just a Little Talk with Jesus

This song is also a cherished gospel favorite. The likes of Brenda Lee, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Loretta Lynn have their versions of this song. In addition, so do The Statler Brothers and Elvis Presley.

Wings of a Dove

Bob Ferguson wrote this gospel song in1958. It became his first multi-million seller song. Ferlin first recorded the song, and a host of artists has since recorded it in many languages. In 1987, Wings of a Dove received BMI’s “One million airplays” Award.

How Great Thou Art

This song is a Christian hymn based on a Swedish poem written by Carl Gustav Boberg. Elvis Presley performed this piece, as did Tennessee Ernie Ford, Roy Rogers, and Connie Smith.

I Saw the Light

In 1948, Hank Williams Sr. wrote and first performed this gospel song. Crystal Gayle, Jerry Reed, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Earl Scruggs, and Hank Williams Jr. have also set forth their renditions of this popular tune.

Oh Happy Day

Oh Happy Day is a gospel arrangement of an 18th century hymn, composed in 1967. The Edwin Hawkins Singers recorded it and in 1969, it became an international hit.

Just a Closer Walk With Thee

The first known recording of this gospel song was on October 8, 1941. The performers were the Selah Jubilee Singers. The song is one of the more popular ones to find use in the hymn and dirge section of jazz funerals in New Orleans.

Gospel songs are a way for devotees to manifest their deep spiritual feelings. They’re also the backdrop for celebrations, services, ceremonies and the like in the Christian community. It’s easy for a sheet of gospel music, a piano player, and a piano, to get a group of people singing whole-heartedly. That’s the beauty of this type of music.

The above list is a representation of those deemed in the upper echelon of favorites. The most popular songs of all time in gospel music certainly inspire a legion of fans. You may have your own favorites to add to the list as well. With more gospel music recorded each year, the list will continue to be one of variety and change.

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