How To Play I Look To You by Whitney Houston

Cover of "I Look to You"Cover of I Look to You
I have always been a fan of Whitney Houston, a wonderful, talented lady and her song I Look To You is so beautiful and easy to play with familiar chord patterns  in the Key of E. If you're not familiar with the song, listen to these beautiful voice clips by both male and female singers with piano background.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj3CdvZB2To
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLkLFbrnI-E


Whitney Houston
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwlEkiiREFA

Free Sheet Music For I Look To You
http://writtenmelodies.blogspot.com/2009/08/whitney-houston-look-to-you-sheet-music.html 



I Look To You Chord Chart
(intro) E E/D# E/C# E/D#

E            E/D#
  As I lay me down
E/C#               E/D#
  Heaven hear me now
A                   A/G#
  Im lost without a cause
A                    B
  After giving it my all
E                   E/D#
  Winter storms have come
E/C#              E/B
  And darkened my sun
A                      A/G#
  After all that I've been through
A                    B
  Who on earth can I turn to

   E    E/D#
I look to you
          E/C#  E/B
I look to you
A                     A/G#
  After all my strength is gone
A               B
  In you I can be strong
   E    E/D#
I look to you
          E/C#  E/B
I look to you      Yeah

A                  A/G#
  And when melodies are gone
A              B
  In you I hear a song
          E   E/D# E/C# E/D#
I look to you

E                 E/D#
  After losing my breath
E/C#                       E/B
  There's no more fighting left
A                    A/G#
  Sinking to rise no more
A                    B
  Searching for that open door
E                          E/D#
  And every road that I've taken
E/C#           E/B
  Lead to my regret
A                         A/G#
  And I don't know if Im gonna make it
A                      B
  Nothing to do but lift my head

   E    E/D#
I look to you
          E/C#  E/B
I look to you      Yeah
A                   A/G#
  And when all my strength is gone
A                  B
  In you I can be strong

   E    E/D#
I look to you
          E/C#  E/B
I look to you      Oh yeah
A                       A/G#
  And when melodies are gone
A                 B
  In you I hear a song
          C#m
I look to you

  C#m/B                  A
(my levee's have broken, my walls have come)

Coming down on me

B             C#m
  (crumbling down on me)

All the rain is falling

     C#m/B              A
(the rain is falling, defeat is calling)

Set me free
   B                  C#m
(i need you to set me free)
  C#m/B                A
Take me far away from the battle

       B
I need you
Shine on me
    E    E/D#
I look to you
          E/C#  E/B
I look to you

A                     A/G#
  After all my strength is gone
A               B
  In you I can be strong
   E    E/D#
I look to you
     E/C#  E/B
I look to you      Yeah

A                  A/G#
  And when melodies are gone
A              B
  In you I hear a song

          E   E/D# E/C# E/D#
I look to you
Yeah
          E   E/D# E/C# E/D#
I look to you
Oooooooh
E
  I look to you 
 
Piano Chords:
 
C#m/B play B C# E G# 
 
E/C#  play C# E G# B
 
A/G#  play G# A C# E
 
E/D#  play D# E G# E
 
C#m   play C# E G#
 
E/B   play B E G#
 
B     play B D# F#
 
E     play E G# B
 
A     play A C# E 

Another Chord Chart:

Stanza

E  E/D#  C#m  E/G#  F#m  E/G#  A  B  E  E/D#  C#m  E/G#  F#m  E/G  A  B 
  
Chorus:
  
E  B/D#  C#m  E/G#  F#m  E/G#  A  B  E  B/D#  C#m  E/G#  F#m  E/G#  A  B
  
Bridge:
  
C#m  C#m/B  A  C#m  C#m/B  A  F#m  E/G#  A  B  E  
I would add the octaves for a fuller bass. Try playing these chords over and over.
I love the bass walk down. 

EE/ BEF#G#B

D#D#/ BD#F#B
 
C#C#/ BEF#G#B
 
D#D#/ BD#F#B 
I hope you enjoy playing I Look To You!
All the best,
LadyD

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How Do You Know Where To Start A Song?

Musical intervals using flats with respect to ...Image via Wikipedia
Have you thought of this question and always wanted to ask: "How do you know where to start a song when someone requests that you play it in a certain key?" The answer to this question depends on a number of things.


First, you have to know the degree of the scale on which the song starts; it can then be transposed to any key. Let's say you've been playing a tune in the key of C, and the song starts on G (the 5th degree of the scale). When you play the song in another key it will start on the 5th note of that scale. (To be able to work in this way  requires a knowledge of all the scales - 12 key's worth!)


Developing your ear is another very effective way to deal with this situation. To do this, practice hearing intervals; play a C on the piano, and try to hear the note of G (a fifth away). Check yourself on the piano to see how close you are. This should be done with all intervals (3rds, 4ths, 5ths, 6ths, etc.)


Being familiar with the piece and knowing the beginning note and chord is necessary. If it starts on the I chord, you will begin on the I chord in any key; if it is the II chord the same rule applies.


To sum up, go back to the basics. Learn all the scales in 12 keys, and enhancing your ear by practicing intervals. Then, knowing the first note and chord, and its degree of the scale, you can transpose any tune to a different key.


* Great Music Resource:

 
Learn to Play the Piano By Ear


All the best,
LadyD


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Beginning Jazz Piano Lesson

jazz pianoImage by GFX69 via Flickr
 Beginning Jazz Piano Lesson


I found this great piano tutorial online. It is very helpful to start with a simple song like Twinkle, Twinkle and learn how to change the melody with your right hand and add those beautiful jazz chords to your left hand. Below you will find a link to a Jazz Survey. I do hope you will take the time to click your answer to this very brief, very short survey. Thanks so much!

 http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JM5FFSN


Twinkle Twinkle Little Star:


* 3 chord song (C, F, G)
* Use diminished chords, 9th, 13th and minor7, major7 chords
* Change melody but keep the same rhythm
* Start 2 or 5 steps higher in r.h. but keep the same interval (distance between notes)



Keep improvising! Thanks for your time with this short jazz survey!
Click here to take survey

All the best,
LadyD
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How To Play: Order My Steps In Your Word


Order My Steps

Key of Db

 

Bb

Order my steps in Your word dear Lord

Ab

Lead me, guide me, everyday

Gb                        Eb   F             Bb-Ab

Send Your anointing Father I pray

Gb             Ab                  Db-Ab-Bb-Db

Order my steps in Your word

Ab-G   Gb             Ab                  Db-F

Please order my steps in Your word



Bb

Humbly I ask Thee teach me Your ways

Ab

While You are working help me be still

Gb                          Eb  F         Bb-Ab

though satan is busy God is real
Gb             Ab                  Db-Ab-Bb-Db
Order my steps in Your word
Ab-G   Gb             Ab                  Db-F
Please, order my steps in Your word

Bb
Bridle my tongue, let my words edify
Ab
Let the words of my mouth be

Gb                          Eb  F         Bb-Ab

expectable in Thy sight
Gb             Ab                  Db-Ab-Bb-Db
Take charge of my thoughts both day and night
Ab-G   Gb              Ab                   Db
Please order my steps in Your word



Ab                    Db          Eb-E-F

I want to walk worthy
F     Gb      Ab     Db
My calling to fulfill
Ab                        Db    F         Bb        
Please order my steps Lord
Bb-Ab    F-E    Eb           Eb-F-G   Ab
And       I’ll    do your blessed  will
Ab                            Db            Eb-E-F
The world is every changing
Db-F   Gb         F-G   A  Bb
But    you are still  the same
Bb       Bb-Ab   F    Eb-F      Eb-F
If you  order   my steps       
Gb-Eb   Ab               Db
I’ll       praise Your name

 

Bb

Order my steps in your word

Ab

Order my tongue in your word

Gb                               Gb-F-Eb-Db

Guide my feet in your word

C                        F

Wash my heart   in your word

 

 

Bb

Show me how to walk in your word

Ab

Show me how to talk in your word

Gb                                                   Gb-F-Eb-Db

When I need a brand new song to sing

C                                           F       

Show me how to let your praises ring

 

 

F             Bb     Ab   Db        Gb      F

In Your word,       In your word

Ab-G     Gb            Ab                 Db

Please, order my steps in your word

Ab-G     Gb            Ab                 Db

Please, order my steps in your word

Ab-G     Gb          Ab                  BREAK         Db

Please order my steps      in your                  word



 * Order My Steps - Chorded By: Ferrente

BbF/DbFBb Order
BbF/DbFBb My
BbF/DbFBb  ...
...  Steps
BbF/DbFBb In
BbF/DbFBb  ...
...  Pray- ay
EbBb/GbBbEb Order
EbBb/GbBbDbF My
Ab/GbBbDb  ...
...  Steps
Ab/GbBbDb In your
Db/ ...
...  Please
Gb/GbBbEb Order
/F My
Ab/ ...
...  Steps
Ab/GbBbDb In your
 ...
...
FEb/ACEbGb
BbF/DbFBb Order
BbF/DbFBb My
BbF/DbFBb  ...
...  Steps
BbF/DbFBb In
BbF/DbFBb  ...
...  Pray- ay
EbBb/GbBbEb Order
EbBb/GbBbDbF My
Ab/GbBbDb  ...
...  Steps
Ab/GbBbDb In your
Db/ ...
...  Please
Gb/GbBbEb Order
/F My
Ab/ ...
...  Steps
Ab/GbBbDb In your
 ...
...
F/BbDbFAb
F/FAbDb My
Gb/DbGbBb Calling
Ab/ ...
...  Please
Ab/DbFAb Order
Ab/EbGbBb My
Db/ ...
...  Steps
C/BbEbGb Lord
FEb/ ...
...  -der
Gb,F/FAbDb My
Eb/EbGbBb Steps
Eb/ ...
...
F/BbDbFAb
F/FAbDb My
Gb/DbGbBb Calling
Ab/ ...
...  Please
Ab/DbFAb Order
Ab/EbGbBb My
Db/ ...
...  Steps
C/BbEbGb Lord
FEb/ ...
...  -der
Gb,F/FAbDb My
Eb/EbGbBb Steps
Eb/ ...
...
FEb/ACEbF
BbF/BbDbFBb Order my
Bb/DbFBb Steps
FC/ ...
...
AGb/EGbAC
AbF/BbDbFBb Order my
AbF/DbFBb Tongue
...
...
FDb/BbDbGbBb Guide my
Gb/DbGbBb Feet
GbDb/ ...
...  Word
CGE/BbEbGbBb Wash my
Gb/EBbEb Heart
FCEb/ ...
...  Please
Gb/GbBbEb Order
/F My
Ab/ ...
...  Steps
Ab/GbBbDb In your
 ...
...
E/GDb
F/AbDb
EbBb/GbBbEb Order
EbBb/GbBbDbF My
Ab/GbBbDb  ...
...  Steps
Ab/GbBbDb In your
Db/ ...


Order My Steps-Key Db
King David, M.U.S.I.C ( ...
...  by)

Bb-F-Ab/Db-F-Ab....................Order my steps in
Bb-F-Ab/Eb-Ab-C............. ...
...
Eb-Bb-Eb/Gb-Bb-Db-F..................Order my
Ab/Gb-Bb-Db.......................... ...
... .......steps
Ab/Gb-Ab-C-Eb.......................... ...
...
Eb-Bb-Eb/Gb-Bb-Db-F....................Order my
Ab/Gb-Bb-Db.......................... ...
... .........steps
Ab/Gb-Ab-C-Eb........................... ...
... -Db....................................my
Gb/Db-Gb-Bb............................. ...
...
Ab/Gb-Ab-C-Eb..........................order my
Db/Db-F-Ab........................... ...
... ..................steps
C/Bb-C-Eb-F............................. ...
...
Bb-Fb-Ab/Bb-D-F.........................order
Bb-D-F/Db-Gb-Bb......................... ...
... .my
Bb-Eb-Gb/Db-F-Ab....................... ...

Order My Steps
Chorded By: Ferrente
Key Of:  ...
...  of C#/Db later.



AE/CEA Order
AE/CEA My
AE/CEA  ...
...  Steps
AE/CEA In
AE/CEA  ...
...  Pray- ay
DA/FAD Order
DA/FACE My
G/FAC  ...
...  Steps
G/FAC In your
C/EGC  ...
...  Please
F/FAD Order
/E My
G/FAC  ...
...  Steps
G/FAC In your
CG/EGC  ...
...
B/ADF
ED/AbBDF
AE/CEA Order
AE/CEA My
AE/CEA  ...
...  Steps
AE/CEA In
AE/CEA  ...
...  Pray- ay
DA/FAD Order
DA/FACE My
G/FAC  ...
...  Steps
G/FAC In your
C/EGC  ...
...  Please
F/FAD Order
/E My
G/FAC  ...
...  Steps
G/FAC In your
CG/EGC  ...
...
E/ACEG
E/EGC My
F/CFA calling
G/CFA  ...
...  Please
G/CEG Order
G/DFA My
C/EGC  ...
...  Steps
B/ADF Lord
ED/ ...
...  -der
F,E/EGC My
D/DFA Steps
D/DFA
E/ ...
...
E/ACEG
E/EGC My
F/CFA calling
G/CFA  ...
...  Please
G/CEG Order
G/DFA My
C/EGC  ...
...  Steps
B/ADF Lord
ED/ ...
...  -der
F,E/EGC My
D/DFA Steps
D/DFA
E/ ...
...
B/ADF
ED/AbBDE
AE/ACEA Order my
A/CEA Steps
EB/ ...
...  Word
AbF/EbFAbB
GE/ACEA Order my
GE/CEA Tongue
/GE
 ...
... /BbDEA
EC/ACFA Guide my
F/CFA feet
FC/FA
FD/ ...
...  Word
BGbEb/ADFA Wash my
F/EbAD Heart
EBD/ ...
...  Please
F/FAD Order
/E My
G/FAC  ...
...  Steps
G/FAC In your
CG/EGC  ...
...
D/FC
Eb/GbC
E/GC
DA/FAD Order
DA/FACE My
G/FAC  ...
...  Steps
G/FAC In your
C/EGC  ...


How To Play Welcome Into This Place by Joe Pace

Musicians,
What is your experience playing on worship teams? 
What have you been working on?
Are you familiar with this song, Welcome Into This Place by Joe Pace?
 
Welcome Into This Place


Chorus:

Gb                Abm/Gb   Gb/Bb             Gb/Db   Db/Cb
Welcome into this place,   welcome into this broken vessel 
    Bbm                    Abm/Eb    Eb        Abm/Eb   Eb  
you desire to abide in the  prais-es  of  your__ peo - ple, 
      Abm      Gb/Bb        Abm/Cb     Bbm7   Bbm/Eb 
so we lift our hands and we life  our  hearts 
      Abm                Abm/Db      Gb        
as we of-fer up the praise unto your name

Verse:

Gb                      Cb/Gb
Creation declares your glo-ry 
        Bbm                   Dbm/Fb  Dbsus        
and the universe declares you ma-je-sty.  
Db/Cb   Bbm7                   Ebsus               Eb
Yet you choose to abide in the praises of your people 
         Abm7                         Cb/Db    C/D
so we of-fer up this praise unto your name

Key Change:

G                 Am/G     G/B               G/D      D/C
Welcome into this place,   welcome into this broken vessel 
    Bm                     Am/E  E          Am/E    E         
you desire to abide in the prais-es of your peo-ple, 
      Am       G/B         Am/C       Bm7    Bm/E    
so we lift our hands and we lift our hearts 
        Am                Am/D       G
as we of-fer up the praise unto your name

Key Change:

Ab                Bbm/Ab    Ab/C              Ab/Eb   Eb/Db
Welcome into this place,    welcome into this broken vessel 
       Cm                   Bbm/F     F       Bbm/F  F 
you de-sire to abide in the  prais-es  of your peo - ple, 
      Bbm      Ab/C         Bbm/Db    Cm7    F7
so we lift our hands and we life our hearts 
      Bbm            Bbm/Eb         Ab    Cm7   F7
as we offer up the praise unto your name
      Bbm          Bbm/Eb   Bbdim/Fb    Fm  Bb7     
as we offer up the praise unto your name
http://www.tabslyricschords.com/
* * * * * * * * 
Welcome Into this Place
Chorded by SisterT
Key  Eb

Eb/GBbEb        Wel-
Eb/ GBbEb        come In
/BbEbG   to
G/BbEbG   this
Eb/AbBEbF place
Eb/BbEbFG Welcome
/EbEb      in
/GG     to
/BbBb    tis
Ab/EbGBb    bro-
/CEbFAb -ken
/BbEbFG  ves
/AbBEbF  sel. You de-
G/BbFDBb -sire to a-
F/BbDFBb      -bide in the
CC/DbGBb      praises of your
F/AbCFAb people. So we
F/CEbFAb  lift our
G/GBbCEb  hands
/F and
/G we
Ab/ CEbFAb  lift
/BbEbG       our
BB/BDGF      hearts as we
FCEb/AbCFAb offer up this
BbFAb/CFAb      praise unto your
Eb/GBbEb    name.
http://www.earnestandroline.com/Music/Chords/welcomeintothis.html 
 
* Welcome Into This Place Midi
http://gospelmidi.blogspot.com/2008/06/gospel-midi-chords-june-2008-update.html 

* Welcome Into This Place Lyrics

Chorus
Welcome into this place,
welcome into this broken vessel.
You desire to abide
in the praises of Your people;
so we lift our hands,
and we lift our hearts,
as we offer up this praise unto Your name.

Verse
Creation declares Your glory
and the universe declares Your majesty;
yet You choose to abide
in the praises of Your people,
so we offer up this praise unto Your name.
 
* Piano Tutorial - Welcome Into This Place - Db
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu9sh78xCBA 
 
* Organ - Welcome Into this Place 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vGO_KlUdhM

* Chord Chart by Hammondman for the organist

Foot Bass / LH / RH - WORDS

Ab / AbEb/Ab  Welcome
F  / FC/Fm    Into This
Bb / BbF/Bbm7 Place
* * * * * *
Eb / EbBb/DbFAbBb
Db / DbFB/Eb
* * * * * *
C  / CEBb/CEbAb Welcome
F  / FC/Eb
A  / EbAC/EbGbAC  Into This
Bb / BbF/Bbm7     Broken
Eb / EbBb/DbFAbBb Vessel
* * * * * *
Eb / EbBb/GbBbDbF It's My Desire To
Ab / GbC/Bb       Find The
Db / DbAb/Fm7     Praises Of My
C  / CBb/BbEbGb   Pe
F / FEb/ADGb      ople
* * * * * *
Bb / BbF/Bbm7     As We Lift Our
C  / CEBb/CEbAb   Hands, And We
Db / DbAb/Fm7     Lift Our
C  / CBb/BbEbGb   Voice
F  / FEb/ADGb     And We
* * * * * *
Bb / BbF/Bbm7     Offer
D / GbD/Bb        Up Our
Eb / EbBb/DbFAbBb Praise Unto His
Ab / AbEb/Ab      Name

* Related Organ Playing Music Resources

Learn to Play those foot-stomping Praise Songs on the organ!


All the best,
LadyD
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Funk Piano Lesson

Here's a great online piano lesson tip from Willie Myette!

Funk Piano Composition - "Stable Funk"

 

http://www.pianowithwillie

Here's what Willie says:
Adding to Funk Composition part 1, I teach you how to create your own song. We cover licks, sections and chords. Best of all, I recorded the song in the studio with two amazing musicians so you can witness the finished product taking shape. 

Lesson breakdown:

1. Start with drumbeat, harmony chords then add melody
2. Play Dm = D/ FGACE 
3. Go down to Cm7 =  C/ EbGBbD 
4. Down to Bb7sus =  Bb/ AbCEbG

More Funk Related Lessons: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65tonHl3ZM4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aUB9ybP3FM

Enjoy the groove. I love funk music!
~ LadyD
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Chord Voicings

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Chord voicings are the types of chords to put with a song or progression. In gospel music, you'll deal with the M7th (major) voicing or the m7th (minor), Dealing with the I- IV- V, you'll most likely play 7th chords: I (7th) - IV (7th) - V (7th). And your minors will most likely be 7th chords also. Where is the 7th?


Learning scale degrees is important. Let's say you're in "C" and you want to play the 'C7'. you go up the keyboard from C, (I) and count seven. You should be on B so your chord will be: C E G B. That's your M7th chord... but that's not the chord you want. You want the dominant 7th chord, in which the 7th will be flatted. so you'll play: C E G Bb. Now that's your C7th chord.  The chords that are dominant and will be flatted are: C, F, C# (Db) and F# (Db).


Now the minor voicing is different. You will play the dom.7th but it's usually the 1st and the 4th that will be minor, the 5th is played as the regular dom. 7th going back into the I chord. Also, in most minor songs, you'll play the 5th as the 2nd chord change, for instance:


      L.H. / R.H. - Words
I -   CG/ Cm7 (2) - Lord, I know I've been changed
V - GD/ G7th (4) - Lord, I
I -  CG/ Cm7 (3) - Know I've
vi - AC#/ A7(b6) {GAC#F} - Been
ii - DA/ F#M7(b5) - Changed
V - GD/ B aug


Major 7 voicings are pretty. They give a nice lush sound to your playing. You can incorporate more chords into your playing. Let's start out with "C" which incorporates C, F, G or the I- IV- V. Now the CM7 chord is: CEGB and the IV is FM7 which is FACE. You will use these voicings for your I and IV and the 5th will always most likely be the G7th chord which is GBDF because it will bring you into the I chord or C... no matter what voicing, major or minor.


Your passing chords will be altered to keep the beauty of the chord structure. For instance, in the 7th voicing you will use 7th chords or diminished to go from one chord to another. In the M7 voicing, you'll use M7th chords. This will add a certain class and sophistication to your playing. This works wonderfully with slow and medium songs:


L.H. / R.H. - Words

______________ My

CG/ CM7 - Soul Loves
EB/ Em7 - Jesus, My
FC/ FM7 - Soul
GD/ FM7 - Loves
CG/ CM7 - Jesus
AbD/ Abdim6- My
AE/  AM7 - Soul Loves
DA/ CM7(b5) - Jesus
AbEb/ AbM7 - Bless His
GD/ FM7 - Name
GF/E (turnaround chord)


As a major 7th voicing, the chords are altered but not in such a way that it takes away from the song. In the left hand you mostly play the I and V (perfect 5th) except for the diminished where you play the I and + or raised 5th (sharpened)


Here's a very cool lesson on Rootless Chords by Willie Myette:

  http://www.pianoplayingtips.info/jazz-piano-lesson-e-lesson-11-rootless-chords


All the best,
LadyD


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Happy New Year!

May you find each day just right for the hat you choose to wear!

The added blessing, many good songs to play on the piano and keyboard in 2010!
Happy New Year to all from LadyD Piano!




Warmest regards,
LadyD

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