Gospel School: Major-Minor Mixture

music notation for a gospel piano chords major-minor mixture

The simultaneous mixture of major and minor tonalities, derived from the Blues, is huge part of the Gospel vocabulary…

Enjoy this definitive example…


Study-Practice Notes

  • Don’t try to explain these delicious gospel harmonies using conventional music theory.
  • Don’t fuss over the names of the chords. Is the first chord a Cm7? How about Eb/C? Who cares?
  • The dotted 1/8th and 1/32nd note pair are only an approximation of the actual time. It’s not about counting, but about the syncopated feel!
  • Use your knowledge of scales and chords to decode and encode the patterns by sound, visio-spatial layout on the keyboard, and physical execution.
  • Practice in all keys you want to master.

learn more… Gospel School: Mixolydian Triads

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