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Gospel Piano Techniques

Updated on July 1, 2013

Gospel Piano Notes


Gospel Piano Techniques (The practice)

There are many gospel piano techniques to learn in order to be efficient as a gospel pianist or an organist. You should have a working knowledge of the keyboard and music structure. This can be accomplished by setting aside a little time each to practice chords,scales and triads. If you plan to be any good at playing gospel piano, be patience with yourself. You won't learn everything in music overnight, in one month or even in a year. Just keep at it.

Gospel Piano Techniques (scales and chords)

Technique development consist of practicing scales,chords,arpeggios,legato and staccato playing. A scale consist of eight notes or tones. It starts on one note and stops on the same note that is an octave above it. For example, in a "C" Major scale the notes will be C,D,E,F,G,A,B,C. Practicing scales will build muscle memory in your hands and will strengthen weak fingers. There are twelve major scales and twelve minor scales.

Every scale has a chord. There are the major,minor augmented diminished chords to start with.There are many different chords in music to try to remember. It would take a lot of time and practice learn and master them all. The easiest type of chord to practice and remember is the major chords. Using the "C"major scale again we have C,D,E,F,G,A,B,C. We will use the first, third and the fifth notes of the scale to make a C major chord. the chord is C,E,G. You can make a chord from any scale by using the first,third and the fifth notes of that scale.

When the third note of a chord is decrease by a half step,it is called a minor chord. Minor chords are gloomy sounding chords. Minor chords are easy to make. Just lower the third note when you making it. "C" minor chord is C,Eb,G.


Major chord-use the first,third and the fifth note of the scale.

Minor chord-use ths first,lowered third note and the fifth note of the scale.

Arpeggios are chords wherein each note or tone is played separately.

Staccato playing is playing the notes quickly,crisply and detached from each other.

Legato playing-The fingers are not lifted off the keys, but hardly lose contact them. The fingers are gliding from one note to another.

Gospel music is preformed for many different purposes. It is used in worship services, praise and worship services and giving thanks to God,Christ or the Holy Spirit. So dedicate yourself to develop good gospel piano techniques.

Gospel Piano Chords
Gospel Piano Chords

Gospel Piano Chords

Gospel piano chords is no different from regular piano chords. The chords are played in the same manner. You might be wondering what is a chord? A chord is two or more notes played at the same time. It has a pleasing sound. The chord that is popular today is the three note chord. This type of chord is called a triad. The triad chord is formed by using 1st, 3rd, and 5th note of the scale. Using the "C" major scale (C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C), we will use the C-E-G to make a "C" major triad chord. All triad chords for every sacle is formed the same way. Lets create a "F" chord using the "F" scale. The"F" major scale is as follows, F-G-A-Bb-C-D-E-F. We will use the 1st note (F),the 3rd note (A) and the 5th note (C). We have now form a "F" major triad (F-A-C).

The following is a list of names of different chords. I will use the "C" major scale as an example.

3 note chord is called a triad chord= C-E-G

4 note chord is called a seventh chord=(C7) C-E-G-B

5 note chord is called a Ninth chord=(C9)=C-E-G-B-D

6 note chord is called an Eleventh chord=(C11)=C-E-G-Bb-D-F

7th note chord is called a thirteenth chord=(C13)=C-E-G-Bb-D-F-A

This is a start in learning gospel piano chords.

Gospel piano scales
Gospel piano scales

Gospel Piano Scales

Learning gospel piano scales is necessary in forming the chords used in gospel music today. Learning scales is one of the most effective way to be very good in music. A scale is a group of notes organize in a certain sequence. A major scale has an eight (8) note sequence. The first note ( or tone) of a major scale is called the root (or tonic) note. The last note or letter of the scale is called the octave. Here is an example using the "C" major scale.


The first "C" is the root and the second "C" is called the octave.

Here is a list of 7 major scales and their notes.

"C" major scale=C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C

"G" " "=G-A-B-C-D-E-F#-G

"D" " " =D-E-F#-G-A-B-C#-D

"A" " " =A-B-C#-D-E-F#-G#-A

"E" " " =E-F#-G#-A-B-C#-D#-E

"B" " " =B-C#-D#-E-F#-G#-A#-B

F# " " =F#-G#-A#-B-C#-D#-F-F#

Knowing all of your scales will play a major roll in developing your techniques in gospel and all other form of music.This is a big task, but you will be very thankful that you learned your gospel piano scales.


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