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    Since the release of our all-new ‘GospelKeys Master Class‘ series featuring Michael Bereal last week, we’ve been literally swamped with tons of questions from students about this revolutionary course.

    In this post, I just simply want to take a moment to answer some common questions that have come in since its release last week.

    …So without further delay, here are the top 5 most frequently asked questions we’ve received about our brand new GospelKeys Master Class course…

    1) After this course, what will I be able to do?

    Answer:

    This master class series is finally going to reveal how a top, professional gospel musician like “Mike Bereal” thinks. And I can honestly say that none of our other courses come close to revealing some of the secrets Mike shares as this is the first time we’ve held someone of his caliber hostage in our studio to produce a 3-hour course solely dedicated to CREATIVE PLAYING.

    So if you’ve been stuck in the same place for a while (or even if you feel like you’re growing fast), there’s something in this course that will revolutionize the way you play and THINK.

    Here are some specific things you’ll learn:

    * How to multiply your options on the piano so that you never have to play the same identical thing TWICE. This is the difference between a creative, free-flowing musician and a “canned” one.

    * Diversify your sound and learn how to to add tender and delicate undertones to your style! NOTE: Not all songs need a lot of power-punched chords. Many times “less” ends up being a lot “more.” Mike will show you when and when not to “punch it!”

    * How to think on a whole different level and quickly and easily play things that will have other musicians literally drooling at the mouth (isn’t that what you feel like when you watch Mike’s video clips? IMAGINE BEING *THAT* PERSON ON THE KEYS)…

    * Learn the secrets to creating the perfect transitions and lead-ins to the next phase of the church service no matter what you’re currently playing! NOTE: It is imperative that you master this as there can be a huge burden on you to effectively carry the worship service from one area to the next.

    * Incorporate Mike’s “roll-over” method into your playing. This unorthodox move will literally turn everyone’s head and give your playing that extra flare you’ve been looking for!

    * How to take songs you’ve redundantly played for years and drastically improve them so much that they now feel foreign to you when you play them (I know it seems hard for a song you’ve played for 5-10 years to seem new to you but after watching this course, I guarantee you’ll experience enthusiastic growth again!)…

    * Decorate your playing with “unexpected” west coast chords and transitions from Mike’s personal musical toolbox. From his unique worship techniques to his signature praise song tricks, you’ll be able to see it all right over his shoulders!

    * How to be an all-around great player and incorporate a countless number of creative techniques that’ll have you sounding like you’ve been playing for decades (without having to go through years of trial and error like Michael did)…

    * How to think differently than 80% of musicians out there and how what you already know can quickly and easily be rearranged and manipulated to sound so beautiful, full, and stylish… overnight.

    * NOTE: Developing “feel” is one of the hardest things to do. There is a fine line between merely “playing” and possessing true “FEELING.” The feel is the musical core (…a collection of many attributes like how chords are voiced, how soft and hard they’re played, what small grace notes are added and where, rhythmic patterns, and much more). How we got Mike to pour out all his secrets, I’m still trying to understand! Be a fly on the wall as Mike shows you everything from worship techniques to high praise and even a real-life song that he breaks down, CHORD-BY-CHORD!

    * Learn from the top musician in the game. Mike explains all of his industry tricks in practical, easy-to-understand ways that’ll allow you to see results and make massive musical leaps above the rest in half the time!

    * And much much more…

    Click here to visit the website or call 1-877-856-4187 for more information.

    (If phone lines are busy, please try again).

    2) Who exactly should get this course?

    Answer:

    * Anyone who has reached a creative “glass ceiling” and not only wants to add flavor to their playing but wants to know how to develop the THINKING that allows such innovative creativity.

    * Anyone who feels “stuck” playing the same stuff over and over and wants to start playing “outside-the-box” chords, arrangements, and progressions.

    * Anyone who’s at an intermediate level and realizes that there is a “next phase” that’s not too far away if they grasp the right techniques and principles.

    * Anyone who is a huge fan of Mike’s music and the albums he’s produced and wants to add some of his signature moves to their playing.

    * Anyone who has not developed their own unique style and needs a push in the right direction by looking at how a seasoned professional has perfected his style.

    * Anyone wanting to learn fresh and new ideas to incorporate into their worship, traditional congregational songs, high praise, shouting music, and more.

    * And anyone hungry for more!

    Click here to visit the website or call 1-877-856-4187 for more information.

    3) I’ve watched his tutorial video and he seems to say C# instead of Db or F# instead of Gb? Isn’t this wrong?

    Answer:

    I’ve gotten this question a few times and I know more people are thinking about it.

    Let me be the first to say that I study theory *and* the practical side of music so I come from both sides of the fence. I WILL NOT say that theory is not important. IT CERTAINLY IS.

    Unfortunately, in gospel music, many musicians are self-taught. The things you hear Mike playing in these videos cannot be learned in school.

    FORGET ABOUT IT if you want to get to that level with your traditional piano teacher. These are things that come from what we call the “school-of-hard-knocks.”

    So yes, Mike does often refer to Db as C# by habit and this was one of the pressing decisions that had to be made. We ended up taking the “greater good for the greatest amount of people” philosophy and releasing it because we believe it will be a blessing to ALL gospel musicians… heck, even musicians outside of gospel music.

    It may urk someone who is heavily into the textbook side of things (and I don’t blame you) but for the majority of you who are HUNGRY and just want to sound good, you’ll get a lot out of following Mike.

    So if you can excuse that one flaw and focus on the end result (which no one can contest that Mike thinks on a whole different level), I promise that you won’t be disappointed.

    Some of you may even feel encouraged seeing that Mike isn’t a huge theoryhead but can still put together some of the most complex chords you’ve ever seen. Now, that’s not to give you an excuse for disregarding theory, but Mike is a testament that the “school of hard knocks” can work!

    So if you want his feel and the way he approaches music (like on the clips at http://www.hearandplay.com/newvideoclips.html ), you’ll get it in this series! I’ll let you be the judge…

    Click here to visit the website or call 1-877-856-4187 for more information.

    (If phone lines are busy, please try again).

    4) Is there a money-back guarantee on these courses?

    Answer:

    While most companies don’t offer a return policy on such items (videos, dvds, software, etc.), we stand behind our courses 100%. If this course doesn’t deliver exactly what you expected, you can return them within 90 days — no questions asked. It’s that simple and we honor all returns.

    We only hold a 3% return rate for our other products. We hope for the return rate of this dvd to be no more than 1% compared to the industry standard of 15%.

    That is why we spend so much time laying out every single detail of our courses online. We want to make sure that you understand every aspect of our products before purchasing them.

    Click here to visit the website or call 1-877-856-4187 for more information.

    (If phone lines are busy, please try again).

    5) I already have everything. Why another series?

    Answer:

    My short answer to this question is this:

    Musicianship is all about constant learning. In fact, you never stop learning (even if you’ve played for decades).

    Styles change… music contemporizes… and genres evolve, and in order to keep up, one must never be comfortable with where they are.

    The GospelKeys Master Class is like none other course that we offer. Not only is it taught by one of the greatest gospel musicians in the world right now, but it also teaches you, step-by-step, exactly what you need to do to get to the level of a professional musician (and if you don’t desire to get to that level, you’ll learn at least how to sound like someone who has played for years). It is truly a comprehensive crash course on contemporary, “creative” gospel playing.

    If you’re committed to a lifelong journey of education and serious about getting to the level of a “Mike Bereal,” then I invite you to read more about this GospelKeys Master Class Series to see if suits your needs. If you have any questions, I’m available at:

    customerservice@hearandplay.com or 1-877-856-4187

    Click here to visit the website or call 1-877-856-4187 for more information.

    I hope I’ve helped to answer many of your questions.

    And if you have any more questions, feel free to send us an e-mail at customerservice@hearandplay.com and we will be happy to help!

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    1 walter

    Hello,
    I bought the Gospel Keys Master Class with michael bereal. i was hoping to receive the shouting music video (clip 4) that was labeled master class vol. 1 but wasn’t included in the 2 disc set. Am i missing a disk? you can find the video here.There were also other videos that weren’t included.

    http://www.hearandplay.com/gkmasterclass.html
    clip 4

    thanks

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    2 Jermaine

    Hi Walter,

    Some of the clips were promotional only. This comment on another post will explain it.

    http://www.hearandplay.com/main/jason-white-explaining-his-shouting-licks-tricks-12-minute-video#comment-366

    Sorry for any inconveniences.

    JG

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    3 Mark

    I immediately noticed the same thing. But after Jermaine explained it, it made sense. Mike was just playing stuff in between segments and rather than stuff it in the box, they wanted to share it. Unfortunately, it looked like it was on the course so I can see the confusion.

    the course is great though. I know they can’t fit everything in the 3 hours but I was really blessed by it. thanks jermaine for getting all these talented people on board. i wish i had this 17 years ago.

    Mark Thomas III

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    4 Jerry Graff

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