This is a new PDF I used in a workshop in Ft. Worth, TX to show another example of how to use accompaniment patterns on the piano for contemporary songs or for playing older hymns in a more contemporary fashion. I show 26 ways to play the same 3 chords. The very last example might be the most freeing of all of them. Good luck!!
This is a two part example where I show the 1, 4, 5 chords in every key along with the 4 chord with the 5 in the bass. The 4/5 chord is highly useful in modulating to different keys in a contemporary fashion. I then show ways to use the 4/5 chord from the key of C to every other key emphasizing common tones and the 4/5 chord to make the transition.
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This PDF contains two pages of blank staff paper with piano pages. The first page contains 5 sytems and has a line for a title. The 2nd page has 6 sytems. Download this and make as many copies as you like for free!
This PDF contains staves for Piano & Solo Vocal. It has a solo line with treble clef above a grand staff for easy arranging of music for solo vocal with accompanying piano. The first page has a title line.
This PDF staff paper is designed for piano and choir in closed position. There are three measures to a line and three systems to a page. This should work well for basic choral arranging.
This is a brand resource to help understand how to use the Circle of Fifths to identify the most likely Major/Minor chords that you would look for when playing by ear.
This is a PDF file that shows the chords to listen for when learning to play by ear. From top to bottom, this list the logical progression of Major and Minor triads that might be used. This is for the keys of C, F, and G, however, the same numbers based on the scale will work in any key once you understand the concept. Also, there is a brand new circle of fifths that I designed in June 2008.
In this example, I use "Like a River Glorious" to show numerous types of endings that can be improvised or arranged at the end of songs.
In this excercise I talk about how to transpose by focusing on common notes and the chords in each key that lead to the I chord. There is also a chart that contains the scales and transition/dominant chords of all twelve keys.
Here are some simple variation ideas for "Like a River Glorious." This PDF file can be used as an aid to learning how to improvise on hymns.
This PDF contains three different 12 bar blue patterns in B flat that are progressively more difficult. It shows the blues scale and offers some suggestions on working to develop skills on using a "Walking Bass." Hope this is helpful to you!
Here are some simple hymn variations for "All Hail the Power of Jesus Name." This PDF file can be used as an aid to learning how to improvise on hymns.
In this excercise, I demonstrate in the key of C how to transpose to any other key. It is important to learn how to make smooth transistions in modulation. It is a challenge to do it in every key and not just the few that we are comfortable with.
This shows how to understand the chord symbols on a praise chart. I use this in the workshop I do entitled, "Chord Chemistry 101." It starts with the most basic triads and moves to complex chords.
This is a chart that lists 13 of the most basic triads, 6th and 7th chords and shows how to play it on the staff in every key.
Here is a PDF where I have taken four chords of a progression and show 18 different chord patterns that can be used in an accompaniment.
This is a great tool for learning how to improvise melodies and different accompaniment patterns. This exercise loops through half of the keys and will help the pianist improve his/her skills.
Mark Hayes is one of the premier arrangers of piano music today. This is a link to a page in Mark's web-site that is dedicated to providing improvisational resources for the church pianist that deal with modulations, transistions, leadsheets, harmonizations, etc. An excellent site!
Check out Rosa's new web-site in Hong Kong. She is doing a great job teaching improvisation and piano by ear skills to people in her part of the world. I've seen and used her materials and highly recommend them.
Information about the international hit song originating in Korea, "Without Love... We Have Nothing," written by James Michael Stevens and Joseph M. Martin.