How to play praise music on piano – part E

Hi folks,

In this post I touch briefly on Part E on praise music from my post. These are techniques you can master by following HearAndPlay’s Gospel Music 300 course. Part E can be thought as a vamp or rendition of Part A. You play what you feel here. Some songs just consist only of Part E throughout.

Bass run is based on 1 and 4 tone of the key, unlike Part A where we use 1 and 5.

The ascending bass run look like:

A B B C D F G G A

Descending bass run can look like

A G E D D F G G A

On right hand, you can play 1-4 chord pogression

A♭7 add13 (G C F / A)

D♭9 (F B E / D)

A lick you can use on the right hand is to play

B B F, A, F, A. That is, 2 ♭3 6, 1, 6 1.

You repeat this in a rhythmic fashion.

An alternate way of playing part E is to play a 4-part progression.

You start with a slow bass run first on the left, hand then change to a fast bass run.

They are as follows:

E♭ min9 (G B D F / E)

A♭9 add13 (G B C F / A)

D♭ min9 (E A B E / D)

G♭9 add13 (E A B E / G)

E♭ min9 can be thought of as playing a major 7 of the 3rd tone of the E scale on top of E♭ min9. i.e. playing G♭ maj7 / E

When you switch from E♭ min9 to A♭13 add9, all you do on the right hand is to lower the third note of the chord by a half step, i.e. from B to A.

When you want to end a song from Part E, just transition to Part D, i.e. a 6 2 5 1 progression.

How to play praise music on piano – part D

Hi folks,

In this post I touch briefly on Part D on praise music from my post. These are techniques you can master by following HearAndPlay’s Gospel Music 300 course.

Part D is a 6 2 5 1 progression and follows Part C. When you end Part C, you will be on a 5 chord.

So, on the left hand you can walk up to the 6th tone in half steps. i.e. 5 ♭6 6.

For the 6 2 5 1 in the key of A, we can use all 13th chords:

F7 add13 (E A D / F)

B add13 (A D G / B)

E add13 (D G C / E)

A add13 (G C F / A)

Another way to play it is:

F7 add13 (E A D / F)

B add13 (A D G / B)

E♭7 ♯9 (G D G / E)

A add13 (G C F / A)

Note that to play the E♭7 chord, on the right hand you just move all the notes down a half step.

If you have a bass player playing base run, you can play tritones on left and the following lick on the right hand:

<F E D♭ D> <F A♭ B B> <A F A>

How to transition from part D back to A

You can do a walk up on the left hand from 3 to 5. 3 4 ♭5 5.

On the right hand you can play

B quartal chord / C (B E A / C)

D9 (B E F A / D)

Ddim (B D F A / D)

Amaj / E (C E A / E)

E♭7 ♯9♯5 (G B D G / E) – hold this connector chord for a moment.

 

 

How to play praise music on piano – part C

Hi folks,

In this post I touch briefly on Part C on praise music from my post. These are techniques you can master by following HearAndPlay’s Gospel Music 300 course.

In Part C you play a 7 3 6 progression, followed by a walk up from 3 to 5 (in half steps) i.e.

3 4 ♭5 5

In the key of A, one way to play the walk-up is as follows:

A♭maj add9 / C (B E A / C)

D♭min6 (E A B D / D)

Ddim (F A B D / D)

A / E (A C E / E)

How to play praise music on piano – part B

Hi folks,

This post touches lightly on Part B of praise music as taught in HearAndPlay’s Gospel Keys 300. Part B is just like part A except it is based on the 4th tone of the key of the song.
So, if your song is in he key of A♭, your bass run will be based on the fourth tone, which is D♭

On the right hand you can play a D♭9 chord i.e.

D♭9 (B E F A / D)

You can also use licks like in part A.

To get the full details, go get Gospel Keys 300 from HearAndPlay.

How to play praise music on piano – part A

Hi folks,

In his post I go over how to play Part A of praise music, discussed here. Part A consists of a base run and some notes on the right hand side.

For this exercise we assume we’re in the key of A♭ major.

In A♭ that will be

A C D D E F G G …

then it repeats to the A and cycles on.

It’s easy to play. A base run hinges between the 1 tone (A) and the 5 tone (E) of the key of the key of the song.

So, in the key of A♭ major, you start with the 1 tone A, then you play the 3 notes leading to the 5 tone (C D D), then you play the 5 tone E, then you play the 3 notes leading back to the 1 tone (F G G), then you play the 1 tone and continue.

On the right hand you can play a 13 chord, i.e. a A♭ 13 chord in a rhythmic fashion.

you can also play a pentatonic scale with a ♭3 tone added to it.

You can play a 2 part chord from diminished to major chord.