VIDEO: 10 things to do with chords on a keyboard

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For classically trained piano players the thought of playing keys from a “guitar” chord chart can fill them with horror. The Musicademy Intermediate Worship Keyboards DVDs are designed to teach contemporary worship keyboards using a chords-based approach. Here is a clip from the DVD where Tim Martin gives 10 ideas to make chords-based playing more interesting.

There are six hours of great instruction like this on the full 3-DVD course. Volume 1 starts with some simple lessons explaining how to move from traditional to chords-based playing; it then shows you how to add interest and improvise using melodic fills, auxiliary and passing notes.

The course then cranks it up a gear getting you to work on left and right hand rhythm skills as well as integrating suspended and extended chords into your playing.

There’s also plenty on worship leading, using string, pads, electric piano and organ sounds. The DVD set incorporates a buyers guide and plenty of instruction to enable you to develop the skills to play by ear.

And if you are already a fairly confident player who just wants to learn how to get more out the instrument in terms of sounds and effects, then checkout the Advanced Worship Keyboards DVD set.

Written by Musicademy who were recently voted the Number 1 worship resource site by Worship Leader Magazine.

Musicademy provides internationally acclaimed training DVDs teaching worship-focused guitar, vocals, keyboard, bass, drums and orchestral instruments to church based musicians at beginner to advanced levels.

Go to the website to find out more about Musicademy’s training resources for worship keyboard players.



is the Associate Director of Worship & Media at St. Simons Community Church, where he mentors, oversees and helps lead Family and Student worship environments. He is also the content curator and editor here at The Worship Community and at HighestPraise.com.

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