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III. Online Classroom:
"How to play fast,
uptempo shouting music by ear!"
Welcome to my first
newsletter of the year!
In this month's classroom
lesson, I'm excited to be covering a very specific topic that has been
requested literally hundreds of times.
I'm talking about how to
play "fast, uptempo shouting music" by
Now, I realize if you are
a jazz or blues player, you're probably wondering what the heck "shouting
music" is. Basically, it's a very specific style of gospel playing that is
used in church during high periods of praise.
For an audio sample of
shouting music, click below:
Most styles of shouting
music are very fast, energetic, and exciting. If your children tend to fall
asleep during church, take them to a church that "shouts" and you should never
have that problem again (smile).
While the lesson below
will cover major concepts associated with shouting music, if you're really
interested in learning, step-by-step and over-the-shoulder, how to play
shouting music by ear, you may want to check out my newest gospel resource,
GospelKeys 500 -
"Experiencing Uptempo Shouting Music" 2-hour dvd course.
How to master
shouting music by learning my never-before-seen techniques. I break
shouting music into three key sections: "The Shouting Intro," "The Main Loop
Period" and "The Cool-down." You'll explore each part, step-by-step. I
guarantee that you won't find shouting music taught in these 3 steps ANYWHERE
Discover the secrets to effectively playing
shouting music and how to properly begin and end
your playing naturally. This is one of the most awkward things in shouting
music: The beginning and ending.
The power of tritones in shouting music
and how they allow your right hand to play fast-moving movements, fill-ins,
and runs at double the speed!
How to play common shouting
songs like "When I Think of the Goodness of Jesus" (aka "I can dance,
dance, dance ALL NIGHT!"). Every musician should know this version of shouting
music because it's bound to pop up sooner or later in someone's church
How to play left-hand bass
runs, right hand chordal movements, and fill-ins (all covered in my "Main
Loop Period" section) at high tempos and how to keep the speed of your
shouting music consistent at all times!
The difference between praise songs and shouting
music and how to determine whether to play in a
linear or non-linear style. Tip: Shouting music, for the most
part, is non-linear (no particular order). You'll also learn linear shouting
patterns that are common among gospel bands these days.
How to use modulation
to increase the intensity of your playing during the highest points of the
shouting period. This "constant modulation" is heard in many gospel songs and
you'll be able to apply it to your shouting music immediately!
How to add flavor to your
shouting music by exploring various advance techniques like "stride
piano," "modulation," "role reversal," "linear shouting patterns," and a lot
How to play "prepared and
planned" shouts that all instruments can follow (bass, organ, piano,
guitar). This is what I call "linear shouting patterns." Learn the ins and
outs of changing keys and how to make sure all instruments are on the same
How to start a
"shout" from scratch! I've found that it is very
difficult for musicians to initially start shouting music
during a high praise part of the church service. I'll show
you several versions of what I call "The Intro" and how to
make the beginning of your shouting music sound natural!
------------------------------------------------------------------------ Online Classroom: "How to play fast, uptempo shouting music by ear!" ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Note: You might want to print this lesson out for easier reading... Shouting music is one of my favorite topics because at the tender age of 8-years old, it was probably one of the few things I had to master very quickly. By 10, I was playing for several churches (COGIC, Baptist, Apostolic, Pentecostal) and most of them "shouted" for at least 30 minutes during each service. ...So needless to say, I got good very quickly at playing fast left-hand bass runs, right-hand chordal movements, and more! In this lesson, I'm going to show you some of the essentials to playing shouting music by ear.
If you have no idea what shouting music is or how it sounds, click on the link below to hear a sample: http://PlayAudio-234.com/play.asp?m=257323&f=KZHHYD&ps=7&p=1In fact, I'm going to be using the same concepts from GospelKeys 500 for the online classroom lesson below. The first concept to master is the left-hand bass run because it provides the foundation and rhythm for your shouting music. Concept #1: Left-hand bass runs There are tons of bass runs that can be used in shouting music. If you listen to the sample above, you'll hear a variety of different "runs." Some runs move downward (from high notes to low notes). Other bass runs (aka "bass lines") move in an ascending direction. MAJOR KEY: We'll be in the key of Ab major for this lesson. Let's learn a few ascending and descending bass runs. Ascending bass run (1-5): Ab C Db D Eb F Gb G Ab Note: These notes are played separately, one after the other (not together)! Tip: If you were to imitate the sound of a "shout" by stomping your feet and clapping your hands right after (that is: "stomp - clap - stomp - clap - stomp - clap"), your bass notes would be played on every beat, each time you stomp and clap). Descending bass run (1-5): Ab Gb F E Eb F Gb G Ab Notice that I called both of the examples above "1-5" bass runs. Why? Because they focus on the 1st and 5th keys of the scale. Let's look at the Ab major scale: Ab major: Ab Bb C Db Eb F G Ab If you were to place a number (starting at 1) by each of these notes, Ab would have a number "1" by it and Eb would have a number "5" by it. Since the bass runs above are both focused on Ab and Eb, they are called "1-5" bass runs. You can also "1-4" bass runs in shouting music. I'll give you a few below: Ascending bass run (1-4): Ab Bb B C Db F Gb G Ab Descending bass run (1-4): Ab Gb Eb D Db F Gb G Ab Congratulations. Now you have four bass runs to practice. In GospelKeys 500, you get many more to choose from. If you're really into this style of playing, I highly recommend it. So now that you have the left hand taken care of, I recommend that you practice it with a metronome. Metronomes are little $15 devices that keep rhythm for you at different speeds. You can choose the tempo so you can start off slow and build your speed as you get better. Also, if you have a keyboard with rhythmic and performing features, you can find "shouting rhythms" to accompany you while you practice these bass runs. The key is having some type of rhythmical device to keep your "timing" as you practice. Once you've mastered the left hand, there's many things to do on your right hand. Concept #2: Right-hand chordal movements While there are tons of things to do on your right hand, understanding how "13th" chords work is essential. A thirteenth chord is built on the (1), (3), (5), (b7), (9), (11), and (13) tones of a major scale. In C major, that would be: C + E + G + Bb + D + F + A (this time, played together). Now... Obviously, that's a lot of notes and most gospel musicians don't play thirteenth chords like that. An easier route is to play the C on your left hand and just play the Bb + D + F + A on your right hand. If you can reach, try adding in a high C and playing Bb + D + F + A + (C). C13 (abbreviated): C on left /// Bb D F A (C) on right. Now, let's bring that formula to Ab major. Ab13 = Ab on left /// Gb Bb Db F (Ab) on right. Putting it all together Playing an Ab13 in a rhythmic fashion over an Ab ascending or descending bass run is the foundation of shouting music. This combination, alone, can be played the entire time. The only thing is... ...Because shouting music is so repetitive (it's generally the same bass run over and over), you want to include other things (like variations in bass runs and different right-hand chordal movements and fill-ins) to spice things up. This is exactly the idea of GospelKeys 500 but I'll show a few concepts below. Three main parts of shouting music 1) The "Intro" 2) The "Main Loop" Period 3) The "Cool Down" Part One: The Intro The Intro is the start of the "shouting" period. You won't find full-length ascending and descending bass runs like I've posted above. Instead, you have teasers like: C -- Db --- D --- Eb. Usually the C and Db are played in pairs and the D and Eb are played in pairs. That's your left hand. As for your right hand, as shown in GospelKeys 500, you'll play something like: Bb Eb Ab (over the "C" bass from above) B Eb F Ab (over the "Db" bass from above) B D F Ab (over the "D" bass from above) C Eb Ab (over the "Eb" bass from above) This generally repeats for a good amount of time. The "Main Loop" period will usually follow right after. Part Two: The "Main Loop" Period You've already learned some things to do during the main loop period (concepts #1 and #2 from above). This is the moment of your shouting music when the bass run is fully active (unlike the 4-note bass runs used in the "intro"). You'll use full-powered ascending and descending bass runs along with right-hand chordal movements. For now, you've learned that the Ab13 chord can be played on your right while running the bass on your left hand. Other concepts that are covered in GospelKeys 500 are: - Diminished chord tricks - Right-hand fill-ins - More Fill-ins: b3 and b5 fill-ins - Three "magic" chords - Pentatonic and blues tricks - Chromatic drops and more... Part Three: The "Cool Down" The "Cool Down" period is just what it sounds like. It's the moment where the shouting music is coming to an end but instead of just abruptly ending, the cool down period allows you to play certain movements that are less active than the main loop period. More information... Other sections: "Beyond the Basics" Other concepts covered in GK 500 "Experiencing Shouting Music" 1) Role Reversal Techniques 2) Stride / Ragtime Effects 3) Linear Shouting Patterns / Vocal Accompaniment 4) Modulation More information... I hope you enjoyed this month's lesson and I'll be back soon!
Explore these chord types to prepare for the GospelKeys video course:
Well, I hope you enjoyed this newsletter and I'll be back soon! Take care!
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