1. Introductions & The 145 Blues
- 1. 1Blues & Gospel Walk-Ups06:04
- 1. 2Solo Blues vs Playing In Band09:17
- 1. 3Creating Intros For Songs & Hymns07:14
2. Playing Hymns In Church
- 2. 1How To Play Hymns On Piano08:48
- 2. 2Adding Passing Chords To Hymns05:12
- 2. 3Filling Space When Playing Hymns07:49
- 2. 4Soulful Melodic Decoration06:29
3. Jazz & Blues Improvisation
- 3. 1Developing Your Own Solo Ideas06:29
- 3. 2251 Soloing For Beginners08:28
- 3. 3Triad Pattern Improvisation06:40
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In this course we explore harmony and voicings, guidance for playing hymns, and improvisation techniques for jazz standards, gospel hymns, and church songs.
Introductions, Gospel Walk-Ups, & Passing Chords
We start with an exploration of the different ways to create solo piano introductions which can be applied to jazz standards, songs, and church hymns.
How To Accompany Hymns On Piano
We first discuss the key principles for playing hymns on piano and adding a blues, jazz, or gospel flavour to the accompaniment. Usually when we are playing hymns, we are playing in the church which usually involves a choir and singers. It’s important to understand the different types of gospel hymn styles.
Once we are comfortable with the basic harmony we can add passing chords to our playing. By adding additional 251 progressions into the harmony we create more interesting arrangements and accompaniments for the songs found in blues and gospel music.
Hymns and church songs often contain space in the melody and harmony. We discuss some simple and effective ways to add fills between chords by using the triads built on the 1st and 2nd degree of the corresponding scale. This useful trick can be applied to jazz standards, gospel hymns, and church songs.
Finally we explore some useful devices to add soulful melodic decoration to the tunes we are playing. We discuss grace notes, space fillers, and accents and apply these principles to a well-known church song.
Gospel Blues Soloing & Improvisation
When learning blues improvisation it is important to understand how to develop our solo ideas when improvising in jazz, blues, and gospel settings. We learn how to take a simple melodic ideas and use this in many different ways for soloing and improvisation in blues, jazz, and gospel music.
We then outline useful tricks for 251 soloing and improvisation. We solo over the 12 bar blues by outlining the arpeggios of the 251 passing chords before the core chord changes I, IV, and V.