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Offline kenny07

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I am 21 yrs old I just found this site. I have been playing for almost a year I have  mr.griggs dvds on worship b/c I love worship when I got saved a year ago I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE KEYBOARD and I wanted to play so bad so I brought the dvds but I feel like it put me at a limit b/c I cant play all the song I want to play like servants prayer he is a wonderful player I just need some help thank u and God bless

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Re: (Im new here) can anyone breakdown how to play a song by ear
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2006, 01:21:26 PM »
Use the search tab, plenty of info. on the topic here.
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Re: (Im new here) can anyone breakdown how to play a song by ear
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2006, 01:27:11 PM »
I put in how to play by ear nothing came up

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Re: (Im new here) can anyone breakdown how to play a song by ear
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2006, 01:15:04 PM »
The key to playing by ear is recognizing patterns.  In gospel music (or any music genre), we have a name for these patterns, it's called a progression.  You ever heard of terms like 2-5-1 and 7-3-6?  Well, these are well-known and widely used patterns that are played in music.  It takes the bass notes / LH notes of a song then tranlates them into numbers.  These numbers represent scale degrees of the major scale of the key you are in.  Here is an example:

7-3-6 in the key of C
C major scale degrees:  C=1  D=2  E=3  F=4  G=5  A=6  B=7
7-3-6 = B, E, A

When finding a RH chord to go along with those bass notes, you start with the chords that are built off those scale degrees.  If those chords don't fit, then do some experimenting and come up with chords that do fit.  And, as it was said ealier, use your ear and see if you can figure out the chords that way.  Here is an example of that:

chords built off 1, 4, & 5 = major
chords built off 2, 3, & 6 = minor
chord built off 7 = diminished

7-3-6 in C  LH/RH

B / B-D-F (7)
E / E-G-B (3)
A / A-C-E (6)

If you have no idea what I am talking about here, first thing you should do is visit the Basic Music Theory post at the top of this room.  Then, once know some basis music theory, here are some links that may or may not clear some things up for you about progressions:

Basic Progressions:  http://forums.learngospelmusic.com/index.php/topic,15720.0.html

More Advanced Progressions:  http://forums.learngospelmusic.com/index.php/topic,15731.0.html

Explaining Progressions:  http://forums.learngospelmusic.com/index.php/topic,18550.0.html

Progressions Practice Routine:  http://forums.learngospelmusic.com/index.php/topic,18903.0.html
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Re: (Im new here) can anyone breakdown how to play a song by ear
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2006, 10:12:58 AM »
I put in how to play by ear nothing came up


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Re: (Im new here) can anyone breakdown how to play a song by ear
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2006, 12:48:11 PM »
Welcome to LGM  kenny07
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Re: (Im new here) can anyone breakdown how to play a song by ear
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2006, 01:00:20 PM »
Welcome to the LGM family "kenny07".

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Re: (Im new here) can anyone breakdown how to play a song by ear
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2006, 09:12:44 PM »
Welcome kenny07 .
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