* T-Block's Ultimate Shouting Music Post
This post is all about what to do with your RH when playing shouting music. You can either play chords or runs in your RH. Here, I am going to focus on the chords. Your main chords for playing shouting music are the minor 1 and minor 2.
Here they are:
Eb-Gb-Bb (1) = Eb minor
F-Ab-C (2) = F minor
Also, you can add the minor 7th note to those chords and play them like that. Here they are:
Eb-Gb-Bb-Db (1) = Eb minor 7th
F-Ab-C-Eb (2) = F minor 7th
You can also play a combination of those chords above. You should really get used to playing those chords forwards and backwards. Here are a few practice sets for you:
Other RH chords that are used in my shouting music are:
Major 4 = Ab-C-Eb (Ab major chord)
Dominant 7th 4 = Ab / Gb-Bb-C-Eb or Ab / C-Gb-Bb (Ab 7th chord)
Fully diminished 1: Gb-A-C-Eb (Eb fully diminished chord)
*Dominant 7th chord = b7-3-5-1: Example = Db-G-Bb-Eb (Eb 7th chord)
*13th chord = b7-3-13-1: Example = Db-G-C-Eb (Eb 13th chord)
*These 2 chords can be formed on every bass note.
* Shouting Chords- Hear and Play
Jermaine Griggs has written about the Shouting Chord:
"I ALWAYS (I mean always) play this chord at church when playing during a jubilant period of the worship service. It’s simply a dominant chord with an added “flat 5th” tone. Now … the trick is that you don’t play all the tones of the dominant chord. JUST certain tones sound right and I’m going to show you which ones they are below:
In Ab Major:
Bass: There isn’t a particular bass for this chord. It can be played over a “running” bass if it is being used as a “fill-in” for shouting music OR … it can be played in a blues progression. Keep in mind that this chord is just a “fill in.” Play it when it “feels” right…
Right hand: Ab + D + Eb + Gb
Note: This chord should be played on the upper part of the piano (not too high but definitely not too low). Test it out at different locations for the best possible sound, ok?"
Hear and Play offers a Dvd Course just for Shouting Music:
Gospel Keys 500 will show you how to discover the
three main parts of shouting music and what it takes to
master this style of up-tempo playing. With this
over-the-shoulder approach, you will be sure to learn
tons of bass runs, right-hand movements, licks, and
Master shouting music by learning never-before-seen techniques. In this
course, shouting music is broken into three key
Shouting Intro," "The
Main Loop Period" and "The
Cool-down." You'll explore each part, step-by-step.
You won't find shouting music taught in these 3 steps
Added benefit: You'll also learn about the power
tritones in shouting music and how they allow your right
hand to play super-fast movements, fill-ins, and runs
while maintaining the left hand. Other topics covered
are "stride piano," "modulation," "role
reversal techniques," and "linear
* God's Gospel
Because shouting music is so repetitive (it's generally the same bass run over and over), you want to include other things (like variations in bass runs and different right-hand chordal movements and fill-ins) to spice things up. Here's what I learned:
Three main parts of shouting music
1) The "Intro"
2) The "Main Loop" Period
3) The "Cool Down"
Part One: The Intro
The Intro is the start of the "shouting" period.
You won't find full-length ascending and descending bass runs like I've posted above.
Instead, you have teasers like:
C -- Db --- D --- Eb. Usually the C and Db are played in pairs and the D and Eb are played in
That's your left hand. As for your right hand, as shown in GospelKeys 500, you'll play something
Bb Eb Ab (over the "C" bass from above)
B Eb F Ab (over the "Db" bass from above)
B D F Ab (over the "D" bass from above)
C Eb Ab (over the "Eb" bass from above)
This generally repeats for a good amount of time. The "Main Loop" period will usually follow
* Jamal Hartwell
"Of course, what would an old school service be like, without shouting music. The hardest part about shouting music is coordinating your left and right hands. I teach you this. It is also important to learn the difference between the devotional bass line walk and a shouting bass line walk. They are very different and I show you when, and how to use it. The #1 thing for a beginner is coordination and I'll show you the secrets to starting slow and building up to faster coordination tricks. I also teach you the important trick of how to shout in every key and how to find the sweet spots to shouting music."
*YouTube - Sam's Gospel Music Course 2008 Basic Shout Patterns
First series of lessons on how to build your shout techniques for organ, keyboard and piano
* Learn how to play piano church music by ear. Learn worship songs choruses tabs chords notes keys.
Basic Preaching Chords in Bb
GOSPEL SCALE: Key of Ab
Ab, B, C#, D, Eb, F, Ab
***THIS IS THE STEPPING STONE TO PLAY A RUN!!!
SHOUT/ PREACHING: Key of Ab
*B, Bb, Ab, F (PLAY OVER A BASS LINE) "OR"
*B, Bb, Ab, F, Ab, F#, Eb, D, F#, F, Eb, D, Eb, D, C#, B, Ab
** PRACTICE SLOW UNTIL YOU GET USE TO YOUR OWN FINGERING.
WORSHIP RUN: Key of Bb
Bb, F, Eb, D, Bb
* PLAY UNTIL RUN OFF THE KEYBOARD THEN PRACTICE PLAYING IT BACKWARDS.