STEP 2 – The Worship Path
“Next Steps”

Can take between 1 to 6 months or more to complete. Take your time and have fun!


STEP 2
The Worship Path
“Next Steps”

Can take between 1 to 6 months or more to complete. Take your time and have fun!


Follow Through

“When you get right down to the root of the meaning of the word succeed; you find that it simply means to follow through. F.W. Nichol

Step 2 Overview

  • Connector.

    Melody Harmonization

    Learn to Harmonize a Melody

  • Connector.

    Using Pads/Strings

    More Tricks and Tips

  • Connector.

    Sustain Pedal Training

    Seamless Connection, no “Mud”

  • Connector.

    Jam Time (Chords)

    Play similar song progressions in many keys, Left hand development.

  • Connector.

    Theory

    Inversions INT, 7th Chords, Major Scale Construction, Key Signatures

  • Connector.

    Play and Sing

    Two Things at Once!

  • Connector.

    Ear Training

    Find the Key of the Song by Ear and “Home Base”

  • Connector.

    Jam Time 2 (Chords)

    Play familiar song progressions in many keys, Left hand development.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.MARK 12:30

Practice

Find a practice schedule that works for you. Choose a time every day or at least three times a week that you block off to practice. Let your family know : )

Print Checkoff Sheet

Click the link to download and print the check off sheet.  This will be important motivation for you.  Leave it out in the open to remind you what you are working at accomplishing.  >>>Worship Path Step 2<<<

1 – Melody Harmonization


Learn how to take a melody and create harmony around it.  This lesson will teach you how to construct a simple arrangement from this timeless song.

  1. Away in a Manger (All Videos)

2 – Pads and Strings


Now learn how to use pads with fills and by create bigger chords.  With bigger chords you can really create a soothing a prayerful atmosphere.

  1. Fills
  2. Bigger Chords

3 – Sustain Pedal Training


***ONLY Do this in case you are having trouble with the Sustain Pedal

  1. The Basics
  2. Training (Do as much as you can/need)

4 – Jam Time (Chords, Tricks, and Such)


Keep it Up! Work hard. Give glory.
Key of D

Before You Start

Note: Understanding the Scale and Diatonic Chords below will help “Connect the Dots” as you go through the lesson.  You don’t have to perfect them…just know what is going on : )

Review: D Scale
Review: D Diatonic Chords

Chords Used (D, G, A and Bm)
*Similar to the chords in “Oceans”

Checkpoint 1 – Grounded in Prayer – Basic Chords

Hello! The first thing we need to do is start in prayer. Next I will show you the chords with the Right and Left Hands together. It may take a while to learn them…so be patient…and enjoy!

Prayer and Chords

  1. Prayer and Chords
  2. Basic Jam Track

Sustain Pedal

Checkpoint 2 – Broken Chords

Breaking up the chords and playing them in a unique pattern will change everything…and give you a new dynamic to play the song in.

Broken Chords

  1. Broken Chords
  2. Jam Track

Checkpoint 3 – Chord Shapes

Using these shapes with your root chords will change the way you sound forever…and help give you that characteristic worship sound.

Chord Shapes 1

Chord Shapes 2

Checkpoint 4 – Setting the Mood and Advanced Broken Chords

CAUTION: The Advanced Broken Chords are fairly difficult. If you find it overwhelming I recommend skipping it and coming back later once you have developed your skills a little more.

Setting the Mood

Advanced Broken Chords

Checkpoint 5 – All Together

When playing a song in worship you will want to change the dynamics to add emotion and energy. In the next example I’m going to use everything shown in this lesson…watch how it changes the feel of the song.

All Together

 

Celebrate all of your hard work…go high five someone!

5 – Theory Understanding


It gets a little deeper here…but don’t worry!  Remember, when you learn WHY and HOW something works you can start to create new things on your own.

  1. Inversions Intermediate (All Videos)
  2. 7th Chord Trick (All Videos)
  3. 7th Chord Trick with Inversions (All Videos)
  4. Major Scale Construction
  5. Key Signatures
  6. Aug, add9, and sus chords (All Videos)
  7. Diminished Chords (All Videos)

If you need more help learning key signatures you can check out:
Musictheory.net

6 – Play and Sing


It already takes a lot of brain power to play the piano…but when you add in singing it takes it to a whole new level.  If you are new to singing and playing together you can use this classic hymn to get you going.

  1. Amazing Grace (All Videos)

7 – Ear Training


Believe it or not, everything you’ve done to this point has been developing your ear.  Here are a few tricks to some common needs musicians run into.

  1. Kind the Key by Chords
  2. Kind the Key by “Home Base”

8 – Jam Time 2 (Chords, Tricks, and More)


Keep it Up! Work hard. Give glory.

Key of E

Before You Start

Note: Understanding the Scale and Diatonic Chords below will help “Connect the Dots” as you go through the lesson.  You don’t have to perfect them…just know what is going on : )

Review: E Scale
Review: E Diatonic Chords

Chords Used (E, F#m, A, B and C#m)
*Similar to the chords in songs like “Here I Am to Worship”

Checkpoint 1 – Grounded in Prayer – INTRO and Basic Chords

Hello!  The first thing we need to do is start in prayer. Next I will show you an Intro Lick (Signature Lick) and some Right Hand chords.

Prayer, Intro, Chords

Prayer and Intro

Chords

  1. Right Hand Chords
  2. Chord Progression
  3. Jam Track

Checkpoint 2 – Sustain Pedal and Left Hand

Keep working on using the sustain pedal correctly so that the chords are connected smoothly.

Sustain Pedal

Left Hand

  1. Left Hand
  2. Jam Track

Checkpoint 3 – Rolling Chords and 5125 Fills

These little secrets will really make you sound amazing!

Rolling

  1. Rolling Chords
  2. Jam Track

5125

  1. 5125 Fills
  2. Jam Track

Checkpoint 4 – More Fills

CAUTION: These fills are a little more difficult to play…so if they give you trouble…just come back later to work on them.

More Fills

  1. More Fills
  2. Jam Track

Checkpoint 5 – Other Important Information

Setting the Mood
Playing with a Band
Pads

Celebrate all of your hard work…go get a pizza!