Song – L’abe Igi Orombo

Hi folks,

In this post I share a children’s song I used to sing a long time ago when I was a little kid. It’s a folksong from Nigeria titled L’abe igi Orombo. This song is in Yoruba and means “Under the orange tree.” I just remembered this song while practicing on the piano and thought I would record myself singing and playing the song on the piano and share with you. So, first, here are the lyrics of the song in its original form, Yoruba:

L’abe igi orombo

L’abe igi orombo
N’ibe l’agbe nsere wa
Inu wa dun, ara wa ya
L’abe igi orombo

Here is the song translated in English

Under the Orange Tree

Under the orange tree
Where we play our games
We are happy, we are excited
Under the orange tree

Here is my recording of the song:

Finally, here are the notes that go with the song. Note: the song is in the key of Cmajor.

L’a be i gi o rom bo
RH Cmaj (E G C) Cmaj (E G C) Cmaj (G C E) Cmaj (C E G) Cmaj (G C E) Dmin (F A D) Cmaj (E G C)
LH C G C
Ni be l’a gben se re wa
RH Cmaj (E G C) Cmaj (E G C) Cmaj (G C E) Cmaj (C E G) Fmaj (A C F) Cmaj (G C E) Dmin (F A D)
LH C F G
i nu wa dun a ra wa ya
RH Cmaj (E G C) Cmaj (E G C) Cmaj (E G C) Cmaj (C E G) Fmaj (C F A) Fmaj (C F A) Fmaj (C F A) Cmaj (C E G)
LH C C D E (base run) F A
L’a be i gi o rom bo
RH Dmin7 (D F A C) Dmin7 (D F A C) Cmaj (G C E) Cmaj (C E G Cmaj (G C E) Dmin (F A D) Cmaj (E G C)
LH D G C

Enjoy the music.

Till next time.

Think Win-Win

Hi folks,

In this post I talk about what I learnt by reading habit 4 of the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr. Stephen Covey.

Habit 4 says “Think Win-Win”

This means that getting into an agreement with another person, it’s important to try to make that agreement mutually beneficial.

This way, you win and the other person wins.

There are 6 types of interactions according to the book.

  • Win-Win
  • Win-Lose
  • Lose-Win
  • Lose-Lose
  • Win
  • Win-Win or No Deal

People with Win-Lose mentality try to win at the expense of other people. They believe that to win, one has to beat someone else.

Such attitudes generally leads to Lose-Lose in the long run because the person they “beat” in one interaction may feel bad about it and cause problems for the victor in future, leading to a loss for everyone involved.

Lose-Win means generally letting other people have their way. People with this mentality can easily be taken advantage of, especially by people with Win-Lose mentality. Lose-Win is not a good paradigm to adopt as a general perspective. People who just want to keep the peace or who want to be liked by others sometimes try to adopt Lose-Win relationships.

Lose-Lose. People with this mentality generally cause problems for everyone in the interaction, including themselves.

Win. With mentality one just cares about winning, regardless of whether other people around win or lose.

Win-Win or No Deal. With this mentality, either both parties win in the interaction or there is no deal. This can be thought of as a higher form of Win-Win because in reality, it’s not always possible to construct win-win relationships.

Note that in reality, not every interaction has to be a Win-Win one. There are times when other types of interactions are more appropriate.

It takes a lot of courage to create win-win relationships because you have to make sure you aren’t cheated in those relationships.

It also takes a lot of empathy to create such relationships because you need to be able to step into the shoes of the other person to understand what they consider a win.

You also need to be flexible to be able to find third alternatives, rather than each person just sticking to their original stand on issues.

That’s all for now. Till next time, happy Win-Win relationships.

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.

How to play praise music on the piano

Hi folks,

In this post I will discuss how to play pray praise music on the piano.  When I say praise music, I don’t mean just any praise music. Rather, I mean the hand clapping, toe tapping, foot stumping, finger snapping praise music. I am currently taking a course called Gospel Music 300, from Hear and Play where I am learning this technique.

There are 5 parts to praise music. They are parts A, B, C, D and E.

Part A consists of a base run on the left hand and some progressions on the right hand, all in the key of the song. So, if your song is in the key of A♭ major, then part A will be a base run and other progressions in the key of A♭.

Part B of praise songs consists of a base run and some other progressions on the 4th tone of the key of the song. So, if your song is in the key of A♭ major, then part B will be in the key of D&flat. since D♭ is the 4th tone of A♭ major scale.

There are many praise songs that use just part A and B. These are usually call-and-response type of songs where the singer or choir calls out something and the congregation responseds all in a rhythmic fashion.

songs that use parts A and B

God is a good God

Have you tried Jesus

Praise the lord everybody

I don’t know what you’ve come to do

I’m a soldier in the army of the lord

I get joy when I think what he’s done for me

What you know about Jesus

I’m not tired yet

If you call on Jesus (he will answer prayer)

Take the Lord with you (everywhere you go)

If you can’t tell it, let me tell it

Lay your hands on me Jesus

In part C we do a 7-3-6 progression. That is, we play a chord from the 7th tone of the key of the song, to the third tone, to the 6th tone. Then you can walk up from 3 to 5 by half tones. That is, 3, 4, ♭5, 5.

Songs that use parts C and D

Can’t nobody do me like Jesus

When I woke up this morning

Jesus is on the main line

Praise him praise him

I believe I testify

Bless that wonderful name of Jesus

One glad morning

Glory glory haleluya when I lay my burdens down

I’m on the battle field for my lord

Jesus I’ll never forget

I’m so glad Jesus lifted me

99 1/2 won’t do

Jesus getting us ready for that great day

Par E can be thought of as the vamp.

That is, it is a short passage of music that you repeat until the end of the song. Usually you focus on the 1 and 4 tones in part E.

Some songs that use just part E

Jesus Said It

What’s his name (Jesus)

My soul is a witness

Believe on me

I’ve come to praise his name

He’s been good

What a mighty God we serve

He’s the joy of my salvation

Jesus can work it out

He’s been good

Here are some songs that mix it up a bit:

What a mighty God we serve

Victory, victory shall be mine

Victory is mine

He’s the joy of my salvation

Put First Things First

Hi folks,

In this post I will share some insights I’ve learnt from reading about Habit 3: Put First Things First in the book The 7 Habits o Highly Effective People, by Dr. Steven Covey.

What does it mean to put first things first?

Putting first things first means prioritizing activities that will lead you closer to your goal over other activities.

Activities, when viewed in terms of urgency and importance can be classified into 4 types

Quadrant 1 – urgent and important activity
Quadrant 2 – not urgent but important
Quadrant 3 – urgent but not important
Quadrant 4 – not urgent and not important

Effective people prioritize quadrant 1 and quadrant 2 activities over quadrant 3 and 4 ones.

A good key to effective time management is plan what activities one will accomplish on a weekly basis, based on one’s personal mission, roles and goals.

Simply having a task list is not good enough as then one could end up doing just the easy activities as opposed to the important ones.

Also, simply having a daily plan is not good enough because certain activities would be most conveniently done on certain days of the week.

Also, simply prioritizing activities isn’t good enough unless it is tied to one’s personal mission, roles and goals. Making tasks tied to one’s personal mission is a key to inner strength which would make a person committed to the task at hand, and the ability to resist temptation to do things that may be pleasing on he surface, but harmful to one’s goals.

A good way to free up time to do important things is to delegate activities to other people. Activities that are not very important should be delegated to others.

When delegating activities to others, it’s best to specify more of results desired than the procedure they will take to accomplish the results. Give them freedom to be creative in meeting goals. Of course, if there are any known pitfalls, let the person know up front.

That’s all for now. Till next time.

O Come, All Ye Faithful – Piano Composition

O Come, All Ye Faithful – Piano Composition

Hi folks,

Today I will share how to play the song O Come, all Ye Faithful. I will add a recording of how I play it, lyrics, notes and chords for the song. First, I will show the notes in D major, then I will show it again using the number system. This way, you can transcribe the song to any key easily. Using these, you should also be able to easily play the song as per the recording. Note that you will want to play chords to harmonize the notes where appropriate. You could use single notes for the base runs on the left hand.

First, here is the recording of the song:

Now here are the lyrics of the song:

O come, all ye faithful

Joyful and triumphant

O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem

Come and behold Him

Born the King of Angels!

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

Christ the Lord

Now here is the song with notes in the key of D major

O come all ye faith ful
RH D D A D E A
LH D A
Joy ful and tri um phant
RH F E F G F E
LH D E F G A
O come ye o co ome ye to Be eth le hem
RH D D C B C D E F C B A A
LH B C D E D C B A E A E A A
Come and be hold Him
RH A G F G F
LH D D
Born the King of A an gels
RH E F D E C B A
LH C D C B A E A
O come let us a dore Him
RH D D C D E D A
LH D D
O come let us a dore Him
RH F F E F G F E
LH D E F G A
O come let us a dore Hi im
RH F G F E D C D G
LH E F G G A A B E
Chri ist the Lord
RH F E D D
LH A D

Finally, here is the song using number system:

O come all ye faith ful
RH 1 1 5 1 2 5
LH 1 5
Joy ful and tri um phant
RH 3 2 3 4 3 2
LH 1 2 3 4 5
O come ye o co ome ye to Be eth le hem
RH 1 1 7 6 7 1 2 3 7 6 5 5
LH 671 2 1 7 6 5 2 5 2 5 5
Come and be hold Him
RH 5 4 3 4 3
LH 1 1
Born the King of A an gels
RH 2 3 1 2 7 6 5
LH 7 1 76 5 2 5
O come let us a dore Him
RH 1 1 7 1 2 1 5
LH 1 1
O come let us a dore Him
RH 3 3 2 3 4 3 2
LH 1 2 3 4 5
O come let us a dore Hi im
RH 3 4 3 2 1 7 1 4
LH 2 3 4 ♭5 5 ♭6 6 2
Chri ist the Lord
RH 3 2 1 1
LH 5 1

That’s all for now. Till next time, happy piano playing.