Video Thursday: Amazing Love

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I enjoy reading all your emails and sadly, I cannot respond to each and everyone. Lately, the number one question I am asked, "How do I read a chord chart or lead sheet?" I need to share with you in up-coming posts about this, since that's my experience having been a church musician. You see, we are not given sheet music, with all the notes on it, but usually a one page chord chart. This is where those slash chords come in. Knowing your chord vocabulary is essential in becoming a better piano player and church musician's will echo, that it's knowing chord progressions in every key that builds those praise and worship songs.



Amazing Love is an easy song that I learned a long time ago.  Not to be confused with Chris Tomlin's Amazing Love (You Are My King). I learned to play this song in the Key of C on the video and then tried to play it in all the keys.

The song is written by Graham Kendrick.

"Graham Kendrick (born on 2 August 1950, Blisworth, Northamptonshire) is a prolific British Christian singer-songwriter and worship leader. He is the son of a Baptist pastor. He now lives in Croydon and is a former member of Ichthus Christian Fellowship. Together with Roger Forster, Gerald Coates and Lynne Green, he was a founder of March for Jesus." For more information, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Kendrick

Here are the music chords that I am playing in the above video:

Key: C (intro vamp Gm7 to C 4 x's)

VERSE 1:
    C        Dm7     
My Lord what love is this
    G           F     C    
That pays   so dear - ly
            Dm          F   G  C
That I, the guilty one  may go free!

CHORUS:
  Gm7                  C
A-mazing love, O what sacrifice
    Gm7                  C
The Son of God given for me
   Gm7                  C
My debt He pays and my death He dies
    Gm7        C
That I   might live, 
 Gm7            C
That  I   might live.

VERSE 2:
    C        Dm7
And so they watched Him die
   G       F    C
Despised, rejected 
            Dm7           F      G   C
But oh, the blood He shed flowed for me.

VERSE 3:
 
      Am       Dm7
 And now this love of Christ 
 G               F  C
Shall flow like rivers 
 C               Dm7       F    G   C
Come wash your guilt away, live again!


1989 Make Way Music (ASCAP)
 
Key: D

VERSE 1:
    D        D/E     Em7
My Lord what love is this
     Asus A    Dsus   D        
That pays   so dear - ly
A/D  D      D/E    Em7  G   A  D
That I, the guilty one  may go free!

CHORUS:
  Am7          Am/G   D
A-mazing love, O what sacrifice
    F          F/G       A
The Son of God given for me
   Am7          Am/G   D
My debt He pays and my death He dies
     Am7 Cmj7  D
That I   might live, 
      Am7 G/B   D    Am7/D
That  I   might live.

VERSE 2:
And so they watched Him die
Despised, rejected
But oh, the blood He shed flowed for me.

VERSE 3:
And now this love of Christ
Shall flow like rivers
Come wash your guilt away, live again!

Key of A



VERSE 1:
    A        Bm7     
My Lord what love is this
     E       D        A    
That pays   so dear - ly
            Bm           D  E   A
That I, the guilty one  may go free!

CHORUS:
  Em7                A
A-mazing love, O what sacrifice
    Em7                 A
The Son of God given for me
   Em7                  A
My debt He pays and my death He dies
     Em7        A
That I   might live, 
      Em7        A
That  I   might live.

VERSE 2:
 
     A      Bm7
And so they watched Him die 
    E      D   A
Despised, rejected 
            Bm7            D
But oh, the blood He shed flowed for me.

VERSE 3: 
 
     F#m      Bm7
And now this love of Christ 
E               D   A 
Shall flow like rivers 
A               Bm7        D    E A 
Come wash your guilt away, live again!

The rhythm you hear in the background is not coming from my keyboard, 
but rather software installed in my lap top.


Back Pocket is about:

1. Turning your computer into a complete practicing machine?

2. Pulling a real-sounding band out of your "back pocket?"

3. It gives you access to over 350 real-sounding backing tracks.

4. Practice and live performance files are played in all 12 keys. 

5. You can choose between multiple speeds: slow, medium, and fast. 

6. 3 different sections, 9 styles of music, & drums-only option. 

7. Instant streaming playback and automatic downloading to your system for burning to cd, transfer to ipod, and editing. 
 
Here's where you can see a demonstration of Back Pocket Band Video and place your order here. The software I'm using that is available, I believe is selling for $37.00 at HearandPlay.


Warmly






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