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    Here’s your personalized gospel lesson plan…


    If you don’t know the notes on the piano and basic things like scales and major triads, click here to visit another lesson group.


    First let’s cover worship patterns as I believe patterns are extremely important in playing gospel music. Chords are recycled over and over in songs and if you learn to recognize the recurring patterns, you can play dozens of songs using the same exact chords. Let’s delve in…


    Simple patterns to learn worship: This is one of my favorite lessons because it takes you through my concept of learning common patterns that tons of worship songs. Check it out…


    Fancy chords you can outright steal: Here, I go into my personal treasure chest and give you over a dozen of nice-sounding chords you can outright steal and apply to your gospel playing.


    Real-life conversation with a student about transposing songs: Being able to instantly transpose a gospel song in your head is a requirement. Learn how to do it quickly here…


    How to effectively master every key: Since I’ve been doing this for 8 years, I’ve come up with many lessons that cover similar topics. Here’s another look at transposing songs.


    How to play smoothly using the power of inversions part 1: Stop jumping from one side of your piano to the other and start understanding the power of inversions.


    How to play smoothly using the power of inversions part 2: The follow-up to the previous lesson.



    The following are actual chords and movements you can play during your church service:


    A 1-4 chord progression you can use right away: Are you ready to play full chord progressions? Let’s see…


    Interview with Nelson Jackson, organist at West Angeles COGIC: Want to find out how a professional musician thinks? Check out this exclusive audio interview.


    How to play uptempo shouting music by ear: Are you ready to take it to church? You’ll like these shouting techniques.


    Gospel bass runs: Check these left-hand bass runs out for use in your uptempo gospel music playing.


    The shouting chord: This chord will always set things off. Try it…


    Forget the right hand… Focus on the left: If you have a bass player, then you’ll have to change you way of thinking fast. The left hand will have to learn how to play chords. Find out more here…


    Interview with the legendary Mike Bereal: Get insights from one of the most popular gospel musicians and producers in the world.


    Organ Worship Chord Basics: Always wanted to play worship music on the organ? Check out these pointers.


    An altered chord you can try: You’ll love this one…






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    Another altered chord progression you can try: This one sounds good…


    Chord progression with various altered chords: Another altered chord progression for you to apply.


    A nice-sounding major ninth chord: Ninth chords are among my favorite chords to play and you’ll see why in a moment.


    Stylish minor ninth chord: If you liked the major ninth chord, then you’ll love this stylish minor ninth voicing.


    Dominant ninth chords: Once you learn these, you’ll never want to play 3-toned triads again.


    Check out this minor 11th chord: This one is neat…


    Playing scales with major seventh chords: This is a nice little movement you can do right when you sit down to the piano. It will impress others for sure.


    10 worship video lesson clips: These clips come from one of my best-selling courses. You’ll get a lot out of them.


    8 urban and contemporary chords video lesson clips: Some more free video clips taken straight from one our best-selling courses.


    The secrets to playing contemporary worship music: This lesson shows you how to play two-hand voicings and how to add that urban and contemporary flavor to your playing.


    Exploring fancy chords and progressions: This post will show you how to spice up old progressions that have been commonplace.


    Harmonizing gospel melodies: Here’s another lesson on it. All good for review and getting extra nuggets I didn’t mention in other lessons.


    How to determine the key to any song (audio): This is a recording of an audio teleclass I presented several years ago. It will really delve into how to find the key center of any song. This is a required skill for ear musicians.


    Other stuff…


    What key am I in? It’s very important to understand how to determine what key a song is in by the chords that occur. Learn how to do it…


    A 1-4 chord progression you can use right away: Are you ready to play full chord progressions? Let’s see…


    Using 5-1 chord progression to enhance your playing: One of the most commonly uses progressions, the 5-1 will show up at the end of almost every song. Learn how to play it.


    Variations of the 2-5-1 chord progression: The 2-5-1 is the next step up from the simple 5-1 progression.


    The famous 2-5-1 chord progression: Another 2-5-1 progression you can outright steal!


    Opening and closing your songs with 2-5-1 progressions: Just like it sounds, learn how to incorporate 2-5-1 at the beginning and end of your songs.




    How to transpose stuff: Once you’ve learned a song in one key, here’s how to move it to any of the other 11 keys.


    I hope you enjoy!

    Now, if any of these lessons are too hard or too easy, click one of my other lesson groups below to explore other lessons. Like I said, there’s over 1,000 pages of information on this site. Don’t forget to bookmark us.


    Other lesson groups


    Beginner lessons: If you brand new, click here   Gospel beginner lessons: If you’re just getting started in playing gospel music, click here
    General ‘piano by ear’ lessons: These don’t focus on a particular style of music but playing in general.   Gospel intermediate lessons: Here are tips and techniques for musicians with some experience.
    Advanced lessons: These are for more experienced players.   Gospel advanced lessons: If you’re really playing and want to get to the next level, check these out.
    Jazz beginner lessons: If you’re just getting started in playing jazz, click here    
    Jazz intermediate lessons: If you’re already playing, check out these lessons