PLAY BY HEARING...The best way to play is by ear.
Gospel Keys 101: Basics and Fundamentals of Playing Piano by Ear
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Learn my 3-step process to playing tons of hymns, congregational, and basic songs by ear! I show, step-by-step, how to take a song from just a one-fingered melody to a full-sounding arrangement!
Learn how to determine melodies in songs in less than TWO minutes.
Learn how to determine which bass notes to play when harmonizing a melody.
And much more! Click here for more information...
4 Steps to Learning How to Play Any Song on the Piano
1. Determining the melody - Melodies determine what chords will be played. If you can use your ear to figure out what notes are being played in the melody, you are 1/4 on your way to learning a song! More resources on learning how to determine melodies
2.Harmonizing the melody - Once you have figured out the melody (using some of my techniques on the resource page), it is time to harmonize it. This is simply choosing various chords to accompany the melody. There are several techniques and tricks to doing this. More resources on learning how to harmonize melodies
3. Altering Chords - This is the best part! Now that you have strategically figured out the melody to a song and have harmonized it, altering your chords to produce certain sounds is the next step. If you were playing gospel music, you would alter your chords differently than if you were playing classical or country music. More resources on altering chords
4. Listening - After you have determined the melody, harmonized the melody, and altered some of your chords, there are various techniques you can use to make sure that your song sounds right. More resources on listening techniques
I personally recommend "The Secrets to Playing Piano By Ear" 300-pg Course and through my relationship with Jermaine (the author of this course), I've been able to get him to throw in a few bonus items (3 additional piano software programs). He has taught literally thousands of musicians how to play the piano by ear. If you understood just half of what he discussed above, you'll definitely benefit from his 300-pg course. Click here to learn the secrets to playing absolutely any song on the piano in virtually minutes! I highly recommend it.
|"The Secrets to Playing Piano By Ear" 300pg Course - Learn the secrets to playing literally any song on the piano with a few simple, "easy-to-understand" techniques and principles! Join Jermaine Griggs in learning tons of music theory, concepts, and tricks that will help you to learn piano by ear! Thousands of musicians have already taken advantage of this excellent program ... why not you? |
I personally recommend "The Secrets to Playing Piano By Ear" and through my relationship with Jermaine, I've been able to get him to throw in a few bonus items (3 additional piano software programs). Click here to learn the secrets to playing absolutely any song on the piano in virtually minutes! I highly recommend it.
3 Truths to Drastically Improving Your Gospel Piano Playing
There are 3 truths that will greatly help you excel in your gospel piano playing by ear. Let me explain...
This is what it all boils down to if you want to learn how to play worship music by ear...
Learn To Play Music By Hearing
Attention Gospel Musicians:
Problem #1: NO WHERE TO GO
Most educational institutes don't teach our style of music so where do we go to improve our skills? Whether you agree or not, gospel musicians have ALWAYS had to go to the "school of hard-knocks." In other words, playing gospel music in a church involved getting advice, tips, and lessons from WHOEVER you could (if you couldn't learn it on your own). When have you ever heard of getting a degree in playing "toe-tapping, hand-clapping" praise songs by ear? Plain and simple --- in the past, if you wanted to learn, you had to go over and beyond to get the help that you needed.
Problem #2: NO ONE TO ASK
Even if there are talented musicians in your area, most of them are not willing to "share" chords, progressions, tips, and advice with others for fear of losing their own musicianship job. And of course ... this occurs more frequently in certain locations than in others. For some reason, musicians feel that they must compete with one another --- thus, we develop this "every-musician-for-themselves" type of environment. Am I not right? Have you experienced this type of reaction to a simple call for help? If you haven't, then you're blessed and ought to be very thankful for the musician who is helping you.
Problem #3: MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT LEARNING NEW SONGS
In my experiences of teaching and speaking to thousands of gospel musicians, I've come to recognize that there are still tons of people who don't realize that many songs share the SAME EXACT chords, progressions, bass-runs and more. I say this time and time again --- IT IS NOT A MATTER OF LEARNING HUNDREDS OF NEW SONGS BY EAR ... it's a matter of recognizing similar chords and progressions that are present in MULTIPLE songs. I can easily name over 100 praise songs that share the same exact progression.
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