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The Piano in Contemporary Worship, Part 3

Last month I posted two sessions from the pre-conference workshop I taught at WorshipGod11 on the Piano in Contemporary Worship (Part 1 and Part 2). We finally finished editing the third session. This one took a little more time to edit because people were regularly walking past the window of the door in the video, which is a bit distracting. My good friend Dave Mackenzie performed his video wizardry and edited the movement out.

In this session I deal with many of the specific questions I’ve been asked over the years. Those include:

  • chord coloring
  • inversions
  • playing hymns
  • developing your chord vocabulary
  • introductions
  • transitions
  • playing behind someone speaking
  • modulations.

Along the way I also talk about some of the musical influences that have shaped the way I play.

You can download the outline for all three sessions here. Because Part 3 is close to 90 minutes long, and you may not have time to watch this in one sitting, I’ve provided time markers below for the different sections.

00:00 Chord coloring
00:41
Open 5ths
05:12
Add2
14:35
Add4
18:43
Major 7
21:13
Major 9
23:06
Inversions
28:46
Hymns – Melody driven
33:26
Hymns – Feel-driven
48:10
Developing your ear for new chords
54:21
Developing a new chord vocabulary, my influences
59:20
Intros
1:03:00
Transitions
1:09:55
Playing behind someone speaking
1:17:10
Modulations
1:19:20 Q&A

If you missed it, I recently posted MP3 downloads and outlines for many of the other seminars at WorshipGod11 here and here.