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.

The importance of perseverance and vision

Hi folks

Today I will like to talk about a few important concepts that are very important when practicing music. These apply to not just music actually, but to any endeavour in life. They are perseverance and vision.

A few days ago I was practicing how to harmonise every tone in all major scales (one scale at a time) when I realised I was moving a little too fast. I would practice for a short while, become marginally better and jump to the next key.

Then I got to stop and question myself: is this the right way to practice? What will I really gain after going through all keys this way? Will I really have anything tangible to show for it? And my answer to this was a resounding no.

So I got back to the basics of what practice should be about, which I share here.

Before beginning practice it is necessary to have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish after practice. Sit and visualise it. E.g if you want to become fluent in playing a certain progression, imagine what it would be like to play that progression with the fluency you desire.

Next, keep practicing until you reach the goal you visualised. As long as your goal is a realistic one, you must persevere through practice as you gradually become more skilful in your craft and reach your goal. Do not get tempted to jump on to other things until your practice goal comes to fruition. It could take a week or even more to become fluent in certain routines, e.g. playing certain triads, scales, arpeggios, etc. 

Keeping these two principles in mind should make for more effective practice.

That’s all for now. Till next time.

How to use a Diminished chord in a 1-6 progression

When going from 1 down to a 6, you can play substitute the 6 part with a 1diminished chord over flat 5.

E.g. In the key of Cmajor if you are playing a 1-6-5 melody from a C to A and then G, on the right hand you play

C C+D#+F#+A C+E+G

On the left hand you play 1 flat5 5. In the key of C that will be from a C to F# to G.

Recording coming soon.

Till next time.

A Nice Run to Play Before the 1 Starting Chord

Hi folks,

In this post I will talk about a nice run to play before the starting 1 chord of slow gospel chords.

On the left hand, you go

3 4 5 6 7 1

e.g. in the key of C major, you will go

E F G A B C

On the right hand you will harmonize the following melody:

3 4 3 2♯ 2 1

by using the following chords:

1 4 3minor 2♯-minor 2minor 1.

In the key of Cmajor these chords are:

G+C+E A+C+F G+B+E F♯+A♯+D♯ F+A+D E+G+C

That is:

First chord you harmonize the E using a Cmajor chord
Second you harmonize the F using a Fmajor chord
Third you harmonize the E with a Eminor
Then you go down a half step with the same chord shape to harmonize the D♯ with a D♯ chord
You then harmonize the D with a Dminor
Then you harmonize the C with a Cmajor chord.

To make it more melodious, on the right hand you can insert a 1sus4 chord before the last 1chord. That is, insert a Csus4 chord before the last Cmajor chord. So instead of going from F+A+D to E+G+C on the right hand, you can play it like this:

F+A+D  F+G+C  E+G+C

Furthermore, you can make the left hand run a little more melodious by quickly adding a 2 before the 5 since 2 normally has a strong pull to 5. So the left hand run becomes

3 4 2 5 6 7 1

To summarize, on the left hand you play the following notes

3 4 2 5 6 7 1

while on the right hand you play the following chords:

1 4 3minor 2♯minor 2minor 1sus4 1.

In the key of C, on the left hand you play:

E F D G A B C

while on the right hand you play:

G+C+E  A+C+F  G+B+E  F♯+A♯+D♯  F+A+D  F+G+C  E+G+C

Below is a recording.

Enjoy.

The 9 (add 6) Chord

Hi folks,

I will like to talk about the 9 (add 6) chord. This chord is a nice one to use in worship songs.

You can use this for the 2 chord or the 1 chord.

E.g When playing a 6-2 progression, you can play a minor 9 for the 6 chord and a 9 (add 6) for the 2 chord. Similarly, when playing a 5-1 progression that does not end a song, you can play a 5 minor 9 chord, then a 1 9 (add 6) chord.

Here’s an example of such a chord.

D 9 (add 6)

To play it, you play D on the left hand. Then play F B B and E on the right hand.

An easy way to think about it is to play the root note of the chord on the left hand, then play a quartal 3 chord with an added ♭5 on the right hand.

For example, F is the 3 chord on the D major scale. F B and E is the F quartal chord. And B is ♭5 on the F scale.

Using this trick, it is easy to play 9 (add 6) for any key. That’s all for now. Enjoy.

An Interesting 2-5 Progression

When playing a 2-5 progression, here’s a way to add a few interesting chords in between.

The principle is that you walk up from the 2 chord to the 5 chord.

i.e. 2 3 4 ♭5 5.

Alternatively, to make it easier, you can take out the 4 and walk up as follows:

2 3 ♭5 5

An example of this is:

2minor7 1maj/3 4maj7 ♭5(with a quartal chord of its flattened 7th note) 513

The fourth chord there deserves more explanation.

Let’s assume we are in the key of D, what does a ♭5 (with a quartal chord of its flattened 7th note) mean?

Well, first ♭5 tone of D♭major will be G.

The 7th note of G major is F

Then we play a quartal chord of F (F B E) on the right hand over G on the left hand.

In the key of D♭ the walk-up will be as follows

Chord LH RH
E♭minor7 E B D G
D♭major / F F A D F
G♭major7 G F B D
G (with a quartal chord of its flattened 7th note) G F B E
A♭13 A G B D F

Below is a recording of the first variant:

And of the second variant.

I use the second variant in Thank You Lord posted earlier. See if you can spot it!

Enjoy.

An Interesting Way to End Worship Songs on 1 Chord

Hi folks,

Today I’m going to talk about a cool way to end worship songs when the last chord is a 1 chord. The idea is that instead of just playing the 1 chord and stopping, we play a short progression.

First, play 5 and 1 notes simultaneously on the right hand while you play the 7 note on the left hand.

Then play the 4 and 1 notes simultaneously on the right hand while you play the 6 tone on the right hand. Essentially you’re moving your first left and right fingers down one whole step.

Play the 2 and 1 notes on the right hand while you play the ♭6 note on the left hand.

Finally, play the 3 and 1 notes on the right hand while you play the 5 and 1 notes on the left hand.

In the key of D♭major, here are the steps:

Play A and D on the right hand and C on the left.

Play G and D on the right hand and B on the left hand.

Play E and D on the right hand and A on the left hand.

Play F and D on the right hand and A and D on the left hand.

Below is a recording of the progression.

 

And below is a recording of the end of the song ‘Thank You Lord’ using this progression.