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Apostolic Praise 102: Lesson 2 – Aug & Sus4 Chords, Amazing Grace, & Pentatonic Scale

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Cool Chord Voicing for 7th and 9th Chords

Cool Voicing for 7th Chords

One neat way to split up a chord in both hands is to play the 1-5 in the left hand with the 7 3 5 in the right hand.

Cmaj7 becomes B E G (Right Hand) / C G (Left Hand)

Cm7 becomes Bb Eb G / C G

C7 becomes C G / Bb E G

C7+5 becomes C Ab / Bb E Ab

Cm7b5 becomes C Gb / Bb Eb Gb

and the list just goes on and on!

This is called a voicing!  There are many other types of voicings.

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Add the 9th to these chords to make them even more awesome!

Cmaj9 is B D E G (Right Hand) / C G (Left Hand)

Cm9 is Bb D Eb G / C G

C9 is C G / Bb D E G

C9+5 is C Ab / Bb D E Ab

There are many other types of voicings.

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Easy Way to Play Elevenths and Minor Elevenths

A lot of people get confused by eleventh chords.
Here are a few easy ways to play elevenths and minor elevenths!

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Learn Fast Song Vamps and Passing Chords – Apostolic Praise Basics Lesson 7 Part 3

You won’t want to miss this lesson if you are trying to learn how to play fast songs!

 

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Secrets of Understanding Music Course – Lesson 7 Part 4 Substituting the 7ths

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This lesson will teach you the secret to substituting dominant, minor and major 7th chords.

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What To Do When You Come to a 7th or 9th Chord

Many students know their major and minor chords but have not wuite conquered 7th chords. Likewise, many students know how to make a 7th chord but have not quite conquered the 9th chords.

Here is the secret. If you don’t know 7ths yet, when you come to a 7th, just drop the 7 and play a major or minor chord. Or if you know 7ths but not 9ths yet, when you come to a 9th chord, just play a 7th instead.

Now, while this will sound good, remember that playing the “higher number” chord will always sound better. (In other words, 9th sounds better than 7th because it had a fuller sound and 7th sounds better than plain major or minor chord, etc).

(When I say 7th chord, I mean all types of 7th chords – major 7th, minor 7th, dominant, augmented, diminished, etc. Same for 9ths.)

In other words, if you come to a C7 and don’t know 7ths yet, just play C major. Or if you come to Am7, just play Am. It won’t sound as good, but it will work fine.

Likewise if you don’t know 9ths but know 7ths and come to a Cmaj9, just replace it with a Cmaj7. Or replace Dm9 with Dm7.

Now, that being said, if you don’t know 7ths or 9ths and you come to 9th such as C9, just play the major or minor chord equivalent.

So for C9, play C major. For Cm9, play Cm, for Cmaj9, play C major etc.

Hope this helps a lot of you folks out there.

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How to Play & Use Diminished Chords and Sixth Chords in Key of C

Free in-depth lesson on Diminished, Sixth Chords in C, where to use them and much more! From AP 102: A Crash Course in Chords!

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How to Play Augmented & Suspended 4 Chords Easily! (Also Magic Pentatonic Scale – Never hit a wrong note again!)

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The Secret to Finding What Key You Are In…By Ear!

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How to Play a Rolling Left Hand Bass – Pentecostal Piano & Gospel Keyboard Style

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I have heard many piano players lament about what to do with their left hand in slow songs.  Here is one solution!

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Still The Fastest Way to Memorize All 12 Major Chords

Use this trick called grouping to quickly memorize all the major chords:

Funny Easy-to-Remember Group Names Below

The More Ridiculous the Easier It Is to Remember!

 

WHITIES = G, C, F  (Because these are made of all white notes)

 

G B D         C E G        F A C

B D G         E G C        A C F

D G B         G C E        C F A

 

 

BACKWARDS OREOS = E, A, D       (Backwards Oreos are white, black, white)

 

E G# B           A C# E          D F# A

G# B E           C# E A          F# A D

B E G#           E A C#         A D F#

 

 

OREOS = Eb, Ab, Db    (Oreos are black, white, black)

 

Eb G Bb           Ab C Eb          Db F Ab

G Bb Eb           C Eb Ab           F Ab Db

Bb Eb G           Eb Ab C           Ab Db F

 

 

WEIRDOS = Bb, B, Gb  (Because they are so unique)

 

 

Bb D F             B D# F#              Gb Bb Db

D F Bb             D# F# B              Bb Db Gb

F Bb D             F# B D#              Db Gb Bb

 

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Apostolic Praise Passing Chord Vamp

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Learn this simple passing chord vamp.

TIPS: Sliding off the black notes is called grace notes.

We use the IV as the passing chord.

For example, F is the passing chord (a chord we use in passing when on the same chord for a long time)

So, in this example on C chord, we play C E G to C F A and then repeat (this is the theory but be sure to listen to get it).

This is a lesson from Apostolic Praise 101: A Crash Course in Piano.

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Learn How To Play Beginner Diminished Chords, Sixth Chords, and Minor Sixth Chords & Much More!

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This lesson (AP 102: A Crash Course in Chords – Lesson 2) also teaches you three great songs using these chords including: “If You Can Use Anything Lord,” “There Is No Telling,” and “Everybody Will Be Happy Over There.”

We finish up with some ear training on the

The “vi chord” and the “I – V/vii – vi – V walkDOWN!

Published on Sep 6, 2012

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Memorize all of the minor chords easily with this trick from Apostolic Praise!

Memorize all of the minor chords easily with this trick from Apostolic Praise!

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Free Beginners Lesson – The Notes, Major and Minor Chords and Inversions

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