Category Archives: Gospel Piano

Gospel School: Intro #5

Fifth in the series… Based on a cycle of secondary dominants, this would also make a nice turnaround… Advertisements

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Gospel School: Intro #4

Four in the series… A shortened version of #3… to be repeated ad lib in order to build the energy in preparation for a shout…

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Gospel School: Intro #3

Third in the series… with definitive, tasty, chord inversions…

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Gospel School: Intro #2

Second in the series… with a country feel based on walk-ups and walk-downs on the “big three” chords, this intro also makes a nice turnaround…

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Gospel School: Intro #1

A well-crafted introduction serves multiple musical purposes: establishing the key, building excitement, and setting the proper tone before jumping into a tune.

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Gospel School: The I-I/3-IV Progression

A definitive Gospel device going from the I chord to the IV chord is to invert the I chord, creating a delicious sense of harmonic motion and melodic interest. This is such a staple of gospel playing that it deserves … Continue reading

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Gospel School: Rhythm Tracks

Downloadable rhythm tracks at 80, 90, and 100 beats per minute, two minutes duration, starting with an 8-beat count-off, and ending with a fade-out. Enjoy! Download: Gospel-Rhythm-Tracks

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Gospel School: Shout Bass Lines: Walking on the I-IV Chord Progression

Shout Music makes me think of one word: Exuberance! 

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Gospel School: Shout Bass Lines: Walking on the I Chord

Shout Music is when the congregation really gets fired up!

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Gospel School: Pickups

Pickups are a great way to build momentum and anticipation for the arrival of the target chord on the downbeat. Here are three for your consideration…

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