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Four Main Parts of Gospel Music

Updated on January 9, 2015

The most common instruments in Gospel music are the piano, organ, guitar or bass guitar, tambourine, keyboard, brass horns, drums, and the violin.

Gospel music is generally written to deal with religious themes that refer to holy texts and traditions. As gospel music is intended to praise and worship God, Christ or the Holy Spirit, it has been an essential part of the spiritual life in churches for many years. Gospel music is what brings vitality to religious services, and thus it's very popular among church-goers.

Genres and Subgenres

It is important to know that Gospel music has lots of genres and subgenres. You can find subgenres like Urban Contemporary Gospel, which is probably the most popular gospel subgenre and it’s promoted as black gospel. That’s because its principal practitioners are African Americans. Another genre is Gospel Blues, which joins elements of jazz and gospel music. Southern Gospel mostly focuses in quartets that specialize in singing a cappella or include musical instruments for accompaniment like a guitar, banjo and piano. Progressive Southern Gospel is a more advanced version of Southern Gospel, since it has developed from the Southern Gospel. Another favorite is the Bluegrass Gospel, which is mainly played by different kinds of stringed instruments. Among these, you can find the banjo, fiddle, acoustic guitar, and mandolin.

Gospel Music Lyrics

A choir typically performs gospel music and its lyrics are not complex at all. Lyrics have to be simple enough so that they communicate clearly the message of God’s love and forgiveness expressed through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. Nowadays, people have access to tons of gospel music lyrics and ways of singing by searching through the Internet, so they are able to improve their musical skills and learn how to play or sing gospel.

Gosper Performers

Different performers like the soloist, duels, choirs, trios, and quartets sing gospel music. The soloist can sing or play a solo piece or instrument, and his function is to lead the song entirely. Gospel duels inspire and give rise to the congregation with a heartfelt and sincere message. Gospel choirs are an organized number of singers that may sing with instrumental accompaniment or a cappella. Most times, a chorus’s performance is harmonious, forming a pleasing and tuneful song.

Gospel Musical Instruments

Gospel musical instruments show soulful and spiritual tunes. The most common instruments in Gospel music are the piano, organ, guitar or bass guitar, tambourine, keyboard, brass horns, drums, and the violin. However, the instruments change from one to another according to the genre and sub genre of gospel music. For instance, the banjo is often played in Country-style and Bluegrass Gospel, while drums and guitar are the main instruments in Gospel rock.


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      3 years ago

      I'd just like to pass on another way to help spread the gospel and it's simply this:-

      Include a link to an online gospel tract (e.g. as part of your email signature.

      An email signature is a piece of customizable HTML or text that most email applications will allow you to add to all your outgoing emails. For example, it commonly contains name and contact details - but it could also (of course) contain a link to a gospel tract.

      For example, it might say something like, "p.s. you might like this gospel cartoon ..." or "p.s. have you seen this?".


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