Gospel Hymn Playing Styles
In this lesson we will explore the different gospel playing styles of the same hymn “Pass Me Not O Gentle Saviour” and discuss when is the most appropriate time to use each one.
The styles covered in this lesson are related to the earlier lesson on “Gospel Time Signatures” where we discuss the meters 3/4, 4/4, 6/8, and 12/8. Most gospel hymns can be played in all of these different time signatures and in this lesson we go a little deeper into the feel of the performance.
Congregational Bounce & Metered Style
The congregational bounce is a form of 4/4 stride piano similar to the earlier lesson in this course. The rhythm and feel is driven primarily through the left hand bass and chords.
The congregational metered style is played in 6/8 which gives the lyrics a little more room to breath. We demonstrate the 6/8 feel with same tune “Pass Me Not O Gentle Saviour”.
“Call & Response” Solo Style
We also have a style of playing to lead, support, and follow a vocalist or church choir. This is often lead by the pastor and the piano plays a much freer role where we are supporting the direction of the soloist.
“Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior” in 4/4 File Type: pdf
“O Gentle Savior” 4/4 Baptist Bouce File Type: pdf
“O Gentle Savior” Metered 6/8 Feel File Type: pdf
“O Gentle Saviour” Congregational Bounce File Type: pdf
“O Gentle Saviour” Call & Response File Type: pdf
“O Gentle Savior” Piano Solo 6/8 File Type: pdf
As a musician you must be mindful of the flow of your church when choosing the style to accompany the hymns.
The time signatures, feel, and meters will change depending on the denomination and the location of your church.
Check out the final lesson in this courses for more information on accompanying a soloist.