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May 31--cancelled, Sean was going to give an in-house training. Check back later for confirmation on this
June 7 (not confirmed)-- Phil Cornish, music director for Kanye West coming to talk with members
June 21 (confirmed)--Simon Warner, from pianopig.com, gonna talk about how to implement specific jazz voicings to familiar songs
[New Song Tutorial] A Praying Spirit
This song uses the classic gospel chords that many of us heard in the 90's. With Credric Thompson on the keys let's learn this amazing song!
[New Song Tutorial] When you wish upon a star
Melody is King. Let's study the chords on this together for this amazing song. You will have a lot of cool resources to help you learn this when you click the button below
[New Song Tutorial] Blessed and Highly Favored by the Clark Sisters
Get all the chords on this song with an amazing chord chart plus a video that goes in depth on alternate approaches you can use with the chords. The video is geared for intermediate, however, since the chords are all spelled out for you, anyone can play this so all levels should study this.
New Lesson on "All this Love," from Phil Cornish
Learn this great R&B song, All this love, sung by the amazing singer Alex Isley, and played by Phil Cornish. You will have a lot of goodies to download so check it out!!!
New Lesson experimenting with harmonies
Every musician should be able to experiment with sounds in order to find sounds that he/she likes. This video is not really about playing chords but it is showing you the process of how I am trying to find chords. I don't use a formula when I sit down to play a song. I play from the heart and try to explain it later. This means the key is to build your vocabulary. Then you will literally surprised yourself with what you come up with!!
[Song Tutorial]We Need a Word from the Lord, by Thomas Whitfield
Thomas Whitfield should be studied by every gospel musician!! If you are just starting with Thomas Whitfield, I recommend memorizing "We Need a Word from the Lord" first, in order to get the gospel chords and signature style down👏. This video is a complete tutorial + midi file + sheet music.
New Lesson covering Rodney East!
Get into the mind of a producer by studying Rodney East interpretation of Allelujah, Salvation, and Glory. In this video I start by giving you some tips first and the we teach the second half of the video that was not shown in youtube
[New Lessons] 5 New Lessons added to our Ear Training Course!
We now have 5 new training exercises for you to develop your ear. These exercises are designed to help you Warm-Up you Ear BEFORE you start Interval exercises. Click the link and look at the "Prerequisite Skills" Section in the course
[New Lessons] 2 Lessons added to Embellishments Course!
We've got a couple more embellishments you can use to spice up your playing and give it that extra flair!! ??
Note: Remember licks and embellishments do not add vocabulary they are unique movements in the gospel industry that you will see or hear often that help add more spice to your playing
[New Course] My Own Practice Schedule!
Still confused about HOW to practice scales? What scales to use? Just want ideas on what you can practice? Want to see some unique ways to add movements to your vocabulary? Want to follow along with me as your learn your scales? Want to gain fluency? Want to gain proficiency? Want better technique? Want to build your vocabulary? If you answered Yes, to any of these then you will enjoy our New Course.
[Song Tutorial] Learn to play "In the Room" by Jason Nelson
This is a straightfoward tutorial on how to play "In the Room" by Jason Nelson. In this video we primarily cover the Intro and the Vamp
Learn the 'Secrets' to Improvisation
Many musicians have questions about improv. How do I improvise. ThIn this video I try to clarify what it truly means to improvise. The idea is built on only two types of chords. Tension chords and Release chords, which I also call target chords in other videos. Again, this lesson is not for beginners and uses Parris Bowens song for examples of tension and release
Learn the NAMM Groove @Doobie Powell
Here is what you get in this video.:
Step 1: First you will learn the bass notes
Step 2: Then you will learn the corresponding chords
Beginners will stop video
Step 3: Then you will learn improv ideas on each chord
[Song Tutorial] Learn to Play Anoining, J Moss step by step
This song is a classic, but fun song to learn. It has this R&B kinda vibe, with a hint of gospel and Neo-soul. To teach this one I start in a way that beginners can even understand, we only play the bass note. From there I quickly progress to chords, and cool embellishments you can do with this song. Check it out using the button below
He Shall Purify
He Shall Purify is a staple Christmas selection but very difficult to play on the piano. This song is played by Michael O Jackson, and is actually one of the musicians I studied when I was 19, having friends who knew him and leant me his personal tapes. His phrasing on this song is way ahead of its time as he was using West Coast voicings at a time when they were still relatively new. Enjoy the tutorial!
[Song Tutorial] Oh Holy Night Tutorial (Beginner + Intermediate)
We begin this tutorial with me showing you exactly how I create the sound that I use for many of my nice sounding Christmas songs. After that I go through the song the for beginners. However, this would be a good refresher for those of you who want to go over your basics. After this we go into some more intermediate approaches. This is a great vid and starts slow enough for everyone! Enjoy!
Cory Henry Tutorial
In this tutorial I examine some of the movements from this shed session. Please note that this tutorial is for advanced and intermediate musicians only. The MIDI file is for the entire song! Enjoy!
"You Deserve It" Tutorial
This is a song tutorial on "You Deserve It" by JJ Hairston. This tutorial is great because it goes into the theory of how to extend chords and the important of understanding your diatonic triads when you are learning a song.
Learn Amazing Grace by Keith Jarrett
We show you how Keith Jarrett uses four chords to play the Hymn, "Amazing Grace shall always be my song of praise." Now don't worry, this song has way more than just 4 chords but trust me, you want to learn these chords first, before you start. You will find yourself using these chords in other songs if you learn it properly
Play He Is Exalted
We teach this video at a beginner level and then progress to intermediate. By the completion of this video you should be able to play "He is Exalted" exactly like Troy Chambers!!!!
What is a Suspended Chord? When should you use it? How do you know how to apply it? Do you know the difference between a Sus2, Sus4, Maj(add2), and Drop2Maj7 chord? Sean shares videos on how to use these unique voicings which are also part of your Beginner's Roadmap.
New Song Movements: from Jo Pryor
This video was one of our most-requested vids!! So much to learn here! We show you three movements on the Youtube Video. On the Site we go into using some of his movements as Talk Music and also the theory behind some of the left-hand movements. In addition, Sean discusses the process he used to create the MIDI File for this in depth!
New Worksheet Available with Live Training
This amazing training covers the way you should learn songs and is the most important part of our 5-Part SUPERGROWTH system of exploding your learning. I have seen great results using this method and worksheet so download it right away and get started!!
Learn to Improvise the song "How Excellent"
We have an example of how a member can affect an entire discussion. Jamal asked us to breakdown some moves from Kanye's service so I took the discussion to a large audience. As a result many musicians were blessed since we showed the movements from the service!!! But that's not all, we went MUCH further than that video in the video on the site. Plus we have a MIDI File for study from as well...
Beginners: We Have New Lessons for You!
We have some new videos for you on how to find the Key of a song as well as the chords. Although this is aimed at beginner's, everyone can benefit by watching the process of how I find the key and the chords to a song. To see the songs press the "Beginner" button on the MIDI Files Tab
- Kirk Franklin's "Father Knows Best"
- Break Every Chain (Ear + Teaching)
- Oh Happy Day (Ear + Teaching)
- Lord I lift your name on High (Ear + Teaching)
View our Latest Training
This Training covered 5 different phases of the Practice Session, with suggestions on each phase:
- Finger Development
- Melodic Development
- Vocabulary Development
- Harmonic Development
- Song Development
Learn 'Secret Place' Improvisation 'Secrets'!!
This tutorial video is very unique in what it offers you. It is definitely for the upper competent to intermediate level musician. It is not just a continuation of the Youtube video but starting from the beginning of the song we talk about various ways to extend and improvise on top the chords. In this way the video goes way further than the youtube video and even further than the MIDI File
Learn your 2-5-1 progressions with this handy downloadable PDF chart!!
If you are always wondering how to create "passing" chords, and how to "move between" chords, then this chart is going to work wonders for you. First watch the Youtube Video on this topic, then watch the video below to see exactly how to use the chart to create your own chords!
Dominant Chords are the foundation of gospel music. This is a topic that is so fundamental to playing gospel that I have placed it in the beginner course. But make no mistake, whether you are an experienced pianist or just beginning, you need to head to the dominant chord section, review your dominants, learn why and how they are used, and learn than in actual songs, using a new and updated whiteboard format!
Lord you are Good, Todd Galberth
Learn how to play "Lord you are Good," in this song. We go WAAY further than traditional teaching videos here. Get the notes, the theory, or just various ideas based on your level. Also included is the midi file, and more!
Kaspar Jalily. Head to the Course Page and click on Kaspar.
You can watch me GO THROUGH HIS COURSE!! Then decide whether you want to get his course for yourself!
Cory Henry's All I Do
3 things I learned from transcribing Cory Henry playing "All I do" live at Monreux. This video only contains the MIDI File, please consult the Youtube video for the teaching portion.
New Checklists Added!!
All the extensions you'll ever need!
"Ugh, why don't my chords sound full?!!!" You know that your chords do not sound full but sometimes it's hard to know which notes to add. This new checklist solves that problem. You no longer have to figure out what notes to add. When someone says play a Gmin13b6, you can get the answer in seconds!!!!
Miracle, by Kevin Bond
Ever since we last taught Kevin Bond's In the Midst of It All, there's been a demand for more Kevin Bond stuff. We go ahead and break this song down for you in this 45+minute teaching video. But remember to sound like Kevin Bond, you MUST get the "feel" down and that can be as difficult to master as the notes...
The Blood, by James Hall
Right on time for the Easter Weekend comes these crazy New York chords and voicings. In this video Sean teaches several distinct concepts that are directly tied to the Roadmap. Here are some of the concepts you will learn in this video:
New Training on our New RoadMap!
This training is significant and should be watched by all members. After the completion of this training, head over to the roadmap and take inventory of your current skills. What you know and don't know for each level.
"I have decided" by Eddie Brown
Eddie Brown plays "I have decided" by Maurette Brown in this post. An one hour teaching lesson with great teaching suggestions to improve on how you currently look at hymns!!!