Melody In Gospel Music
In this lesson we discuss the importance of melody and how to approach it when playing gospel.
The Importance Of Learning The Lyrics
Learning the lyrics is a very important step to become more comfortable and confident with melodic improvisation. As mentioned in the previous lessons, in order to play gospel music properly, we must understand what we are playing.
Understand The Meaning Behind The Lyrics
The easiest way to understand what we are playing is to learn the meaning behind the lyrics in gospel songs and church hymns. Once we have internalised the melody, the lyrics, and the meaning behind the lyrics, we don’t just see the song as a set of chord changes, but instead we start to develop a deeper connection with the song.
We demonstrate this process using 2 well-known church hymns.
“Amazing Grace” & “Precious Lord”
We take 2 well-known church hymns and we explore how the melody and the lyrics can be used as a starting point for improvisation.
In the final lesson of this course we again take the hymn “Precious Lord” and demonstrate the art of accompanying a gospel singer as well as improvisation, fills, embellishments and other ways to enhance the melody when playing gospel piano.
Amazing Grace Improv Transcription File Type: pdf
“Precious Lord” Improv Transcription File Type: pdf