Learn To Play Gospel Piano: CeCe Winans "Thirst For You"

I love to share with my readers any information I can find on Gospel piano, especially because I am passionate about gospel music.

I have played on various worship teams for over 30 years and I have found that worship songs are just so inspiring and soul-uplifting. When you listen to a worship band, you find yourself admiring the keyboard player who adds a lot of feeling to the gospel songs. Maybe you desire to play as skillfully as him/her. Playing songs of praise on your own can be achieved through gospel piano lessons. I learned to play the piano by ear with Jermaine Griggs music articles and piano resources on his website. For more information, visit his website: www.hearandplay.com

Find out how to play gospel songs on the piano or keyboard. Learn music chords because chords build chord progressions and chord progressions make songs. Make sure these are geared towards the enhancement of the musical skills regardless of whether you are a beginner or an advanced learner.

Gospel music in piano is usually played for worship and for your own pleasure. Gospel songs have two classifications namely Black Gospel or Urban Gospel and Southern Gospel. Today, some Black Gospel even adds hip hop quality to it while Southern Gospel was born as a unique genre to the early 1900s. So it is possible to learn Black Gospel or Southern Gospel by learning gospel piano lessons on the web, especially with Jermaine Griggs and Willie Myette.

It's fun to learn gospel piano on the internet. With music lessons, you can spice the music up by combining themes from religious music, with styles from different genres such as blues, jazz, and boogie-woogie. You can learn this method once you start practicing, especially knowing the Circle of Fifths. Keep yourself motivated and enjoy playing  gospels songs in your home anytime.

Choose to get involved in your  local church or ministry,  playing those gospel piano songs. Soon you'll be playing the piano with a group of singers and other musicians. If you feel this isn't your calling and you would be comfortable just playing worship songs at home for your own enjoyment, then watch how you grow as a pianist, moving your piano hands and getting more familiar with chords.

I love CeCe Winans and here's a song with the chords to one of her songs online:

Thirst For You

INTRO: Db F# x4

   Db
WE THIRST FOR YOU
   Bbm
WE SEARCH FOR YOU
 F#maj7
IN A DRY AND BARREN LAND
  F#maj7/Ab
WE’RE LONGING FOR YOUR HAND
      Bbm   Bbm/Ab
TO GUIDE US TO, A PLACE WHERE YOU
 Ebm
CAN CLEANSE  US WITH YOUR RAIN
 F#maj7/Ab
BAPTISE US ONCE AGAIN
   Db F# Db F# (Intro x2)
WE THIRST FOR YOU


      Bbm    F#
OH, LORD WE ARE WAITING
      Bbm    F#
LET YOUR SPIRIT FLOW
Ebm      F#min7
COME FLOOD OUR HEARTS AGAIN
F#maj7    Ab(sus) Ab
QUENCH OUR THIRSTING SOULS
Artist: Cece Winans

CECE WINANS LIVE - WE THIRST FOR YOU

 




"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." B.B.King
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Learn To Play 12 Bar Blues



 Learn To Play 12 Bar Blues

Have you ever felt sad or lonely? Have you ever felt like singing about your troubles when you were sad? A lot of early Americans often felt this way because of the bad situations they found themselves in. They believed an important part of dealing with those feelings was sharing them. 

Have you heard the expression, "Walk a mile in my shoes..." For some, that mile on the road has been dusty, rocky and weary at times but I have a lamp, a light unto my path! Walk a mile with me and I'll walk with you. Sometimes it's good we don't see down the road too far because then we see the small blessing right in front of us and those walking right with us. You're not alone! And you know what? I've seen some fabulous stuff on that road, too! The road is dark sometimes unless we have the lamp!

Around 1900 the blues had developed into a standard musical form of about 12 measures or bars that would be repeated for all the words of the song. Most blues are 12 bars long. But some blues are longer (16 bars) or shorter (8 bars) and some 12-bar tunes are not blues at all. Why is that? Because the blues is more than just a musical form; it’s a sound, a feeling, and an attitude. These things are not conveyed by written notes on the page. And just because the word “blues” appears in a song’s title doesn’t mean that the song is a blues. “Limehouse Blues” and “Bye Bye Blues” are great tunes but they are not blues. If you’re totally unfamiliar with the blues, listen to some of B.B.King’s recordings.

12 Bar Blues:
The twelve bar blues is one of the most important song forms in popular music, jazz, rock and folk music. Once you understand the twelve bar blues and its variations, you will understand hundreds of other songs guaranteed. It is really fun to play the blues. I love the sound of slow soulful blues played on the piano.

The twelve bar blues, the most common blues form, consists of three lines of four bars each. Each line consists of a two bar statement followed by an implicit response. Each measure is four beats since a lot of blues tends to be in four.

All of the forms use just three chords, and roman numerals are used to figure them. The first bar always refers to the I chord. The second bar is either the I chord again, or it can be "quick change" blues, which would be the IV chord. Bars 3 and 4 comprise the I chord again. Bars 5 and 6 will be IV chord, and so it goes.

12 Bar Blues Chords:
The I, IV, and V chords form the backbone of the blues. In most blues-based contexts, you can make the major chords into dominant sevenths (I, 3, 5, 7b) or even ninths (1, 3, 5, b7, 9).

I /// I /// I /// I ///
C C C C
IV /// IV /// I /// I ///
F F C C
V /// V /// I /// I ///
G /// G /// C /// C ///

A turnaround found in the last bar strongly propels the listener (and other musicians) back to the top for another round of playing. In more complex blues progressions, the turnaround often grows to two bars in length, then filling the eleventh and twelfth bar. Here’s what I mean:

I (C) IV (F) I (C) I (C7)
IV (F) IV (F) I (C) I (C)
V (G) IV (F) I (C) V (G) turnaround

In much of early blues, the meter was anything but strict. Beats and bars were added and omitted freely, according to the whim of the performer. In fact, it could be said that early blues performers felt the music as a flow of beats rather than regular meter and phrase lengths. Today’s blues are rigid and predictable in comparison. Any blues lover owes it to her/himself to check out early blues recordings.

I can hear the melody line being played in this popular blues lyrics with simple chord structure and bass walk downs. Have fun playing along. It goes something like this:

Oh, my baby left me, cold and all alone! cold and all alone
Oh, my baby left me, so cold & all alone! cold and all alone
Goin' to the depot, catch the next train home! (go home) 2xs



 -- LadyD
"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." B.B.King


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4 Supertramp Songs

I'm always being asked if I have the chords to songs by 
Supertramp. I remember the high-pitched vocals of  
guitarist Roger Hodgson
 
The band seemed to get very popular real fast. But I thought 
the band broke up 20 years ago. My friend from Norway 
loves their music. So, to answer some of my dear reader's 
requests, here are a few chord charts to some popular songs
For more information visit:
For more information, visit:  http://popdose.com/the-complete-idiots-guide-to-supertramp-repost/   

Another frequent question I receive from readers is "What sites do you recommend?"
Here we go:

1. Gospel
Jermaine Griggs

Jamal Hartwell

2. Jazz
Willie Myette

3. Piano
 Duane Schinn

Yoke Wong
1. Supertramp -  Take the Long Way Home (Chord Chart)

Intro: B/C# F# C# B F# C# B F# C# - B/C# F# C# B F# C# B F# C#
B/C#
So you think you're a Romeo
F# C#
playing a part in a picture-show
B F# C#
Take the long way home. Take the long way home.
B/C#
Cos you're the joke of the neighborhood
F# C#
Why should you care if you're feeling good
B F# C#
Take the long way home. Take the long way home.
Fm Fm7 Bbm Bbm7
But there are times that you feel you're part of the scenery
F# Ebm
all the greenery is
Bb F#
comin' down, boy
G# Fm7 Bbm Bbm7
And then your wife seems to think you're part of the furniture
F# Ebm
oh, it's peculiar,
B F# G#
she used to be so nice.
B/C#
When lonely days turn to lonely nights
F# C#
you take a trip to the city lights
B F# C#
And take the long way home. Take the long way home.
B/C#
You never see what you want to see
F# C#
Forever playing to the gallery
B F# C#
You ake the long way home. Take the long way home.
Fm Fm7 Bbm Bbm7
And when you're up on the stage, it's so unbelievable,
F# Ebm
unforgettable,
B F#
how they adore you,
G# Fm7 Bbm Bbm7
But then your wife seems to think you're losing your sanity,
F# Ebm
oh, calamity,
B F# G#
is there no way out? (Solo com gaita ou teclado) B/C# F# C# B F# C# B F# C# B/C# F# C# B F# C# B F# C#
Fm Fm7 Bbm Bbm7
Does it feel that your life's become a catastrophe?
F# Ebm
Oh, it has to be
B F#
for you to grow , boy.
G# Fm7 Bbm Bbm7
When you look through the years and see what you could have been
F# Ebm
oh, what you might have been,
B F# G#
if you'd had more time.
B/C#
So, when the day comes to settle down,
F# C#
Who's to blame if you're not around?
B F# B/C# F# B/C#
You took the long way home, You took the long way home, You took the long way home,
You took the long way home.

2. Supertramp - Fools Overture (Chord Chart)
 
Intro slowly
Eb F  Eb F  Dm  Gm(Bb) Bb7  F
Eb F  Eb  Dm  Gm(Bb) Bb  Bb7
Ab Bb  Gm  Cm7  Gm7 Eb  F  Eb

 
Ab Bb7 Ab Bbx5
C/Bb Bb  C/Bb  C  Dm C Bb Am Bm7 Amx2

G F Fmaj7  E7sus4  Am G  Am  Em  F  Em7
    aah

Am                  Dm(abass)
History recalls how great the fall can be
Called the man a fool stripped him of his
    G7                       Cmaj7
    everybody's sleeping the boats put
pride everyone was laughing up until the
             F                      Bm7
out to sea  borne on the wings of time
day he died oh tho' the wound went deep
              Em7(gbass)
it seemed the answers were so easy to
still he's calling us out of  our
 Am7       Dm7              G7
find  too late the prophets cry the
sleep my friends we're not alone he
          Cmaj7                     Bb
island's sinking let's take to the sky 2.
waits in silence to lead us all home

Dm        Dm6
  so tell me that you find it hard
  Dm7       Dm6           Dm
grow well I know I know I know
             Dm6
and you tell me that you've many seeds
   Dm7         Dm6    Bb       C
to sow  well I know I know I know
G  F6  Bb  C  Eb  F  Eb  Ab
http://www.yourchords.com/216535/Supertramp/Fools-Overture-Chords/
3. Supertramp - Easy Does It (Chord Chart)

D(riff)
And if my thoughts had wings,
D
I'd be the bird that sings,
D             Em7        A
I'd fly where love isn't shy
             Em7         A
And everyone is willing to try.
      D
And if we had the time,
D
And time's so hard to find,
         Em7           A
I can't believe what you say,
          Em7          A
Start sending those shadows away,
           G          D
And if you know who you are,
           G          D
You are your own superstar,
D          D7                              D
And only you can shape the movie that you make,
            Em7           A
So when the lights disappear,
            Em7           A
And only the silence is here,
              Em7                                           A
Watch yourself, easy does it, easy does it, easy while you wait.

And if you know who you are,
You are your own superstar,
And only you can shape the music that you make.
So when the crowds disappear,
And only the silence is here
Watch yourself, easy does it, easy does it, easy while you wait.
http://www.guitaretab.com/s/supertramp/202928.html
4. Supertramp - The Logical Song (Chord Chart)

Dm                                Bb           Am7 
When I was young, it seemed that llfe was so wonderful, 
   c                 Bb          
a miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical. 
             Dm                                   Bb         Am 
And all the birds in the trees, well they'd be singing so happily, 
     c              Bb           
Oh, joyfully, oh, playfully, watching me. 

             Dm                         Bb           Am7
But then they sent me away, to teach me how to be sensible, 
c              Bb          
logical, oh, responsible practical. 
           Dm                           Bb         Am 
And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable, 
    c             Bb             
oh, clinical, oh, intellectual, cynical. 

          F                            Dm
There are times when all the world's asleep, 
 Dm                     Bb                     Eb 
the questions run too deep for such a simple man 
          F                                 Dm 
Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned? 
 Dm               Bb                          Eb
I know it sounds absurd. Please tell me who I am. 

 Dm                              Bb             Am7              
Watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical, 
  c          Bb           
a liberal, oh fanatical, criminal. 
              Dm                               Bb              Am 
Oh, won't you sign up your name, we'd like to feel you're acceptable, 
   c               Bb            
respectable, oh, presentable, a vegetable! 

   F                                  Dm
There are times, when all the world's asleep, 
                      Bb                     Eb
the questions run too deep for such a simple man 
          F                                  Dm
Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned? 
                  Bb                          Eb 
I know it sounds absurd. Please tell me who I am. 
 
For further reading, visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supertramp 
 
http://supertramprogerhodgson.wordpress.com 
 
So I was wondering if you like the group and 
are you familiar with their songs? 

If so, which one's in particular do you 
enjoy playing?
 
Your comments are always welcomed and encouraged. 

xo LadyD

 "The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." B.B.King
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Gastown Piano Photo on Flickr


 This is taken in the lobby of The Landing, a heritage building at the top of Water Street in Gastown.

This is pretty much the composition from the camera. I used the lens correction filter to straighten some lines.

Three exposure tone mapped HDR image.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecstaticist/4774891922/
nobody (at) flickr (dot) com.

Evan Leeson is a fabulous photographer. I admire his work greatly. I especially love this photo because I am fond of pianos. Yes, looking at them is awesome but actually touching the action of the keys is thrilling. Pianos are all different. I find the action of the keys on a baby grand to be a bit tight. Old upright pianos are somewhat easier to play. Perhaps that is because the strings are somewhat stretched.

There is also a  Steamclock on Water Street in Gastown, Vancouver. You will find lots of artists, boutiques and restaurants there and of course, this piano.


* * * * * *
"Smoke Fairies have the endorsement of Jack White (credited as drummer/multi instrumentalist/producer) on their new single 'Gastown'. They are Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies who have been crafting haunting left field folk together since their school days. 'Gastown' is a laid back folk rock effort featuring some nifty Crosby, Stills and Nash sounds, sweet vocal harmonies and fine guitar solos. It's accompanied by 'River Song' which, again, features some beautiful vocal parts as well as embracing sounds with a  folk melody. Very atmospheric.
http://www.normanrecords.com/records/112617





 These gals have very interesting, mesmerizing harmonies. Not my favorite music to listen to but none the less these 2 guitarists are very talented. If you're interested in their style or learning more about them, you might want to stop by and watch their videos.
Smoke Fairies

The Vancouver International Jazz Festival celebrated its 25th year and Montreal singer Nikki Yanofsky
was there. I love her style and unique voice. The night time skies of Vancouver remind me of a song.



Written in the Stars by Elton John

Intro (Em, D, C, G) 2x

Stay with me (Em, D)
Don't fall asleep too soon (C, G)
The angels can wait for a moment (Am, D, C, G)

Come real close (Em, D)
Forget the world outside (C, G)
Tonight we're alone (Am, D)
It's finally you and I (C, D, G)

(Em, D)

It wasn't meant to feel like this (C, G)

(Em, D)

Not without you (C)


'Cause when I look at my life (G, D)
How the pieces fall into place (Em, C)
It just wouldn't rhyme without you (G, D, C, D)
When I see how my path (G, D)
Seemed to end up before your face (Em, C)
The state of my heart (G, D)
The place where we are (Em, C)
Was written in the stars (D, G)

Don't be afraid (Em, D)
I'll be right by your side (C, G)
Through the laughter and pain (Am, D)
Together we're bound to fly (C, D, G)

(Em, D)
I wasn't meant to love like this (C, G)
Not without you (C)

'Cause when I look at my life (G, D)
How the pieces fall into place (Em, C)
It just wouldn't rhyme without you (G, D, C, D)
When I see how my path (G, D)
Seemed to end up before your face (Em, C)
The state of my heart (G, D)
The place where we are (Em, C)
Was written in the stars (D, C)

I made a few mistakes, yeah (Em, C)
Like sometimes we do (G, D)
Been through lot of heartache (Em, C)
But I made it back to you (D)

(C)

'Cause when I look at my life (a, E)
How the pieces fall into place (F#m, D)
It just wouldn't rhyme without you (a, E, D, E)
When I see how my path (a, E)
Seemed to end up before your face (F#m, D)
The state of my heart (a, E)
The place where we are (F#m, D)
Was written in the stars (E)

'Cause when I look at my life (a, E)
How the pieces fall into place (F#m, D)
It just wouldn't rhyme without you (a, E, D)

(E)

When I see how my path (a, E)
Seemed to end up before your face (F#m, D)
The state of my heart (a, E)
The place where we are (F#m, D)
Was written in the stars (E, a)

The state of my heart (F#m, E)
The place where we are (F#m, D)
Was written in the stars (E, a)
 * * * * * * * 
Written in the Stars Chords


Am      G
Stay with me
      F      C
Don't fall asleep too soon
Am      G      F
The angels can wait for a moment

Am      G
Come real close
      F      C
Forget the world outside
Am      G
Tonight we're alone
  F             G   C
It's finally you and I

Am     G         F       C
           It wasn't meant to feel like this
Am     G         F
           Not without you

CHORUS
      C      G
Cos when I look at my life
      Am      F
How the pieces fall into place
      C      G       F
It just wouldn't rhyme without you
      C      G
When I see how my path
      Am        F
Seem to end up before your face
       C
The state of my heart
       F
The place where we are
       G       C
Was written in the stars


Am       G
Don't be afraid
       F        C
I'll be right by your side
        Am    G
Through the laughter and pain
       F         G     C
Together we''re bound to fly

Am     G         F       C
           I wasn't meant to love like this
 F
 Not without you


REPEAT CHORUS

C      Am        G
I made a few mistakes, yeah
       F            G
Like sometimes we do
      Am        G
Been through lot of heartache
       F            G
But I made it back to you

REPEAT CHORUS 2X

C
The state of my heart
              F
The place where we are
       G       C
Was written in the stars


Listen to the midi of the song, Written in the Stars.
http://www.angelfire.com/ky/jenngeo/Writtenstars.mid


All the best,
LadyD

The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. B.B.King http://fo.rtitu.de/1014
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Fourth of July: Patriotic, Country and Popular Songs

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The Fourth of July is here. The time of year when we celebrate America's independence by dancing with sparklers, having barbecues, and inviting people from neighbors and friends to join you. 

This is the time of year we also get out our patriotic music, dust off our old CD's , crank up the stereo or cue up the Ipod to listen to songs about the good ol' US of A. Some of us might enjoy  listening to the National Anthem, probably sung by Whitney Houston,  but for those who believe "The Star Spangled Banner" is simply not enough, the following is a list of best Fourth of July songs, songs that just might light your fire cracker. 

 Patriotic Favorites:

1.
Grand Old Flag by George M Cohan

2. Yankee Doodle Dandy

3. The Star-Spangled Banner by John Stafford Smith

4. The Battle Hymn of the Republic by William Steffe

5. God Bless America by Irving Berlin

6. This Land is Your Land by Woodie Guthrie

7. America the Beautiful by Samuel Augustus Ward

8. This is My Country by Don Raye and Al Jacobs

9. God Bless the USA  by Lee Greenwood

10. My Country 'Tis of Thee

Country Favorites:

1. Our Country by John Mellencamp

2. Born In The USA by Bruce Springsteen

3. R.O.C.K. In The USA by John Mellencamp

4. Living In America by James Brown

5. America by Neil Diamond

6. Pink Houses by  John Mellencamp

7. Back In The USA by Chuck Berry

8. Have You Forgotten by Darryl Worley

9. Ragged Old Flag by Johnny Cash

10. America Will Survive by Hank Williams Jr.

 Songs Enjoyed Around the Barbecue:

1. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd

2. American Woman by the Guess Who

3. American Girl by Tom Petty

4. Free Fallin' by Tom Petty

5. American by Don McLean

6. The Star-Spangled Banner by Jimi Hendrix

7. American the Beautiful by Ray Charles

8. Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival

9. Summertime by Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff

10. Celebration by Kool and the Gang

You know, the list is endless because just when I think I'm finished there's so much more. Wouldn't you agree? Then there's "Blowin' in the Wind" by Bob Dylan and "Independence Day" by Martina McBride. 

America - Chris Tomlin



America by Chris Tomlin

D
Let Your glory fly

D/F#               G           G/B                    C
If my people will humbly pray turn from sin and their wicked ways
D/F#                  G
I will hear them and heal their land 
G/B                   C
And show my glory and power again

D                 C/D
Lift your eyes up unto the sky 
G
The Lord is coming, coming to America
D                      C/D
Can you feel the fire, can you see the wind 
G                C/E           F   D
Blowing through, coming to America again


Go and tell them the blind will see
The lame will walk and the slave is free
Shout the news that the lost are saved
In the name of Jesus the dead are raised
 American dream by Casting Crowns

D5   D/B
All work no play may have made Jack a dull boy

D5      D/B
But all work no God has left Jack with a lost soul

D5
But he's moving on full steam

D/B
He's chasing the American dream

D5                D/B      D5    D/B    D5   D/B
And he's gonna give his family the finer things


D5    D/B
Not this time son I've no time to waste

D5        D/B
Maybe tomorrow we'll have time to play

D5         D/B
And then he slips into his new BMW

D5      D/B
And drives farther and farther and farther away


E5      F#5  G5         D5
So He works all day and tries to sleep at night

E5         F#5 - G
He says things will get better;

Better in time






D5      G5       B5      G5
And he works and he builds with his own two hands


D5   G5        B5        G5
And he pours all he has in a castle made with sand

B5  D5       G5
But the wind and the rain are comin' crashing in

B5    D5   G5         D5
Time will tell just how long his kingdom stands

D/B    D5   D/B
His kingdom stands


D5       D/B
His American Dream is beginning to seem

D5        D/B
More and more like a nightmare

With every passing day

D5            D/B
"Daddy, can you come to my game?"

"Oh Baby, please don't work late."

D5        D/B
Another wasted weekend

And they are slipping away

E5      F#5   G5        D5
'Cause he works all day and lies awake at night

E5       F#5 – G5
He tells them things will get better

It'll just take a little more time




D5      G5        B5      G5
And he works and he builds with his own two hands

D5   G5  B5       G5
And he pours all he has in a castle made with sand

B5  D5      G5
But the wind and the rain are comin' crashing in

B5    D5  G5         D5
Time will tell just how long his kingdom stands

D/B    D5   D/B
His kingdom stands


D5          D/B
He used to say, "Whoever dies with the most toys wins"

D5     D/B
But if he loses his soul, what has he gained in the end

D5
I'll take a shack on the rock

D/B
Over a castle in the sand

E5    F#5  G5       D5
Now he works all day and cries alone at night

E5      F#5 – G5
It's not getting any better

Looks like he's running out of time

D5    G5  B5        G5
'Cause he worked and he built with his own two hands

D5 G5      B5              G5
And he poured all he had in a castle made with sand

B5  D5       G5
But the wind and the rain are coming crashing in


B5  D5  G5         D5   G5   B5
Time will tell just how long his kingdom stands

G5    D5   G5   B5
His kingdom stands


D5
All they really wanted was You
All they really wanted was You
All they really wanted was You       D5
 
American Dream
Wishing you a Happy 4th of July! 
To all my readers, thanks for stopping by. I do read all your notes and comments.
I look forward to future posts and answering your many questions.
Keep playing your instrument and enjoying all genres of music.
as you know, I am passionate about music education!

Best,
LadyD
 


I write for Fortitude. Fortitude is for people who write with passion. http://fo.rtitu.de/1014
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