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Do you know these 8 tips?

Here are a few quick tips for you!  Maybe you knew these and maybe you didn’t!

There are about 33 chords that we use regularly in church music. 

One of them is the suspended 4.

Now for you more advanced people, you can actually use a suspended 4 on many types of chords.

Suspended 4 just means you replace the 3rd with the 4th.

So in the key of C, the 3rd note of the scale is E and the 4th note is F.

So a C major chord is C E G (1-3-5) and a C suspended 4 chord is C F G (1-4-5)

A few more things, a C7sus4 would be a C7 where you replace the 3 with the 4.

So C7 = Bb C E G
C7sus4 = Bb C F G

(It generally resolves to the C7).
(Remember to play C in the bass or left hand with both of these chords).

That’s the thing with suspended 4 chords – they almost always need to resolve!

Resolve just means they change back to the original chord.

It’s almost like they put on a different outfit for a minute and change into a different type of chord but then they always put their original clothes back on.

Silly example, right?

Also a C9sus4 would be Bb D F G (over a C bass)

Then it would resolve to Bb D E G.

C7b9sus4 would be Bb Db F G and it would resolve to C7b9 which is Bb Db E G.

Or my personal favorite a C13 which is basically a suspended chord.

I like to voice a C13 like this.
Right Hand: D F A C
Left Hand: C G Bb

It’s just one of the coolest sounding chords.

Even minor chords can have a sus4 which would be C F G and then resolve to C Eb G.

Or Cm7sus4 which would be Bb C F G and then resolve to Cm7 which is Bb C Eb G.

Of course the crazy thing with minor chords is that you can actually just add the suspended 4 note to the chord and it sounds good.

Take a Cm7 for example.  Instead of playing it as Bb C Eb G (or Bb Eb G as we teach in our lesson), try playing it as Bb Eb F G (over a C bass of course) for a really sweet sound.

Anyways, have fun this week playing with suspended 4 chords!

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What to do when you mess up

Have you ever hit a wrong note? 

I mean not just playing by yourself but playing in front of a BIG crowd of other people!

So I was playing this past Sunday morning when I did it.  I hit a wrong note (several in fact).

Now when you hit a wrong note, you have 2 main options.

1) Act like it was on purpose and do it again!  This actually works sometimes!  
*NOTE: this will NOT work if it’s a REALLY bad note.  LOL

Also – Pro Tip: Do NOT change your facial expression!

2) Own it.  In basketball, we say “my bad”.  This can be communicated by a face of pain or by smiling. 

Everyone knows you hit the wrong note.  Just acknowledge it with a smile or grimace. 

Now I’m kind of being a little silly but I’m half shalf-serious

S​​o what did I do?

I grimaced for a second (LOL) and then just moved on.  And I played harder to make up for my mistake and decided that this week I would put in more personal practice time.

I’ve learned that getting caught up in your mistakes and losing your cool is a lot WORSE than just moving on and making up your mind that you are going to make up for that mistake – whether that is through playing better and with more focus and/or practicing more at home.

For example, my kids are part of a Bible Memorization program and they go to tournaments and answer questions.  

We teach them that even if they get a question wrong – the next question is a NEW quiz. 

Forget about the one you missed and MOVE ON.

What would happen in your life if you chose to just MOVE ON instead of focusing on your mistakes and failures?

Somebody needs to preach on that!  LOL!

Anyways, what are you waiting on?

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One step at a time

There’s an old saying that “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.

This just means that it takes TIME to learn things.

There are about 33 main chords ​​​​that we use in church and gospel music.

(FYI, major and minor chords are only 2 of the 33.)​

There are multiple types of 7th, 9th, 11th, 13th, diminished, augmented, half-diminished and ALL kinds of chords!

And believe it or not, we use ALL of these 33 chords very regularly in all styles of church / gospel music.  ​

It doesn’t matter if you play southern gospel, black gospel, pentecostal, contemporary (CCM) or anything in-between.  You need these chords!​​​

(We have a printable PDF quick reference with ALL 33 of them showing both how to make them and where to use them here)​​​​

This may seem overwhelming at first but the key is to study EACH ONE individually.

What we do in our lessons is ​​we teach you how to make a chord, then we explain where to use it and then we teach you a song or two using that chord in the right spots.

Of course, chords are just building blocks​​ or “legos” of playing music.

You still need scales, fills, runs, voicings and all kinds of other fun stuff.​​

The good news?  We teach all of that.

So what are you waiting on?

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Stop playing around and start playing

I went over to someone’s house the other day and two young people were playing around on the guitar and bass guitar.

Well, they really didn’t seem to be playing. They were just kind of watching people play music online – just an instrumental kind of rocky non-gospel and non-church guitar technique.

As someone that has learned and mastered multiple instruments, here’s what I saw:

Two people wasting their time.

​Why?

Because it wasn’t teaching them anything.  They weren’t trying to copy his technique or playing.

And even if they did try to learn it – it seemed like kind of a useless thing to learn anyways.

What he was playing could probably never be used in a church or gospel setting.

It was just…noise!

In fact, call me old – but it was giving me a headache.  LOL!​

Now I’ve always said – if you really want to PLAY, you need to stop playing around.

Watching people play really fancy techniques, fills and runs and saying “wow – that’s so cool” will never help you to play like that. 

You could watch that video a hundred times but if it is not teaching you anything then you are simply Wasting Your Time.​

​So I sat down and had them turn off the useless Youtube guitar video and then showed them a few things that they could play that were actually useful.

Here is how you learn to play an instrument:

1. Take Lessons and practice
2. Listen to others play and try to copy what they are playing

Anything else is a waste of time.  

If you are an amateur, don’t try to learn the fanciest thing you can learn.

Start simple and build upon that.

How do you build a house?  By making sure the foundation is good first.

Then you can build upon that foundation.

Is building a foundation fun?  No, it’s kind of boring and dirty.​​​​​​​​​​

But you can’t have a solid house without it.

It’s the same with music.  You will never be a strong musician without a solid musical foundation.  

At Apostolic Praise​​​​​​, we teach you how to understand and speak the language of music.

​Our goal is not just to teach you songs (although we will teach you many songs) but to learn how to understand music.​

We mainly teach you to play

1. By Chord Sheet
2. By Theory
3. By Ear

Once you know a few chords, you can play a chord sheet.

​Once you know some theory you can make that chord sheet / song sound BETTER and add better chords, fills and runs in the right spots.

And once you learn how to play by ear, you can do anything.​​​​​​​​​​

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This may change your life

One of the most important things you can do whether you are learning a new instrument or you have played for years is to pray and ask God to help you.

That might seem obvious but I wonder how many people do that?

James 1:5 says “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

Prayer makes everything better and will help you learn!  Are you struggling to learn to play?  Ask GOD to help you!

Also, as musicians it is SO important that we have a right spirit and attitude.  

The Bible says in James 1:23-24
“23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

“Heartily” means 
A. In a cordial manner; with warmth and sincerity.
B. Thoroughly; completely.
C. With zest or enthusiasm. 

Fasting and prayer are also incredibly helpful to do this. 
Fasting once or twice a week is important to help us keep the flesh out of the way.

How is this going to make you a better musician?

Well, for one God will help you and give you wisdom in playing music.

For two, having a right spirit and attitude will help you man and working with leadership  and ministry in the church!  God loves cheerfulness!

Hope this helped you today!

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Are you like this guy?

When I was a young person, I remember there was another young person a few years older than me who was learning how to play the drums.

And boy was he AWFUL!  I mean his timing was bad and everything.

I was just a kid and wasn’t a musician but I could still clap on beat!  LOL!

And I could tell that his timing was OFF.

Fast forward maybe five years and this SAME GUY played for the church choir, music conferences, and even drum competitions! 

He went from awful to basically professional.  People would compliment him on well he stayed on beat without speeding up or slowing down.

So don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it! 

Maybe your timing is bad.  Maybe your ear is not great.  Maybe you don’t even have good coordination.

But if you are willing to work hard enough (AND pray and ask God for help and wisdom) then one day someday maybe someone will be writing a story about YOU like this.

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How are your ears?

When I was a kid, I noticed that I could tell when musical notes went up or down.  I was not born with “perfect pitch” where I could just hear a note and tell what it was.  

However, I can now listen to a song a few times and – for the most part – be able to get up and play it. 

How did I go from zero to there?

Well, I did the HARD way.  I started off learning the bass guitar (which I recommend that every keyboardist do). 

I would plug my headphones (which I still use – can’t stand in-ears) and pick out the notes.

Sometimes one song would take me an hour or HOURS.

After about 6 months of doing this, I became fairly proficient on the bass guitar.

However, at the same time, I began to learn the keyboard and really study chord theory and the Number System.

Suddenly some things began to click.  I realized that I could hear the bass line by ear on many songs and from there I could use my theory to figure out the chords!

Fast forward a few years and I took some piano jazz lessons (which are the basis for our AP 701 Gospel Jazz ChordsAP 702 Gospel Jazz Voicings and AP 703 Gospel Jazz Improvisation.

And I went through the exercises that we teach in those courses as well as AP 204 The Secrets to Playing Gospel & Pentecostal Music.

All of a sudden, I could recognize CHORDS.  I could tell if the chord was a dominant 7th, minor 9th, or minor 6add9 or WHATEVER!

And this is what I want you to be able to do!

You see, I firmly believe that I don’t have any more than an average person’s ear.  But I have trained myself to be able to hear better.

Just about anyone can do what I did.  In fact, if you can hear your favorite song come on while you are listening to music and tell which song it is by the first few notes or chords, then you can probably learn to play an instrument by ear!

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Let your gift make room for you

When I was a younger musician, I got the opportunity to help out at a small home missions (startup) church.  We actually attended a larger church in the area on Sundays but we would go there Wednesdays and eventually some Sunday mornings to help out.  

The funny thing was that some of the musicians at my larger church – in all humility LOL – were not as advanced of keyboard players as I was. 

I would have loved to play at the bigger church, but the time was not yet.

Jesus went through a wilderness experience before he came into his ministry and that happens a lot with normal people like you and I as well.

Solomon said in Proverbs 18:16 “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.”

So I was faithful in using my gift and playing at the smaller church and it was actually really good for me because it forced me to play and carry the music by myself.  We sometimes had a drummer but often it was just me on keys!

Well after several years of playing there, the music minister at my home church – the bigger church – asked me to learn a song or two for the choir.  I learned the songs and did well and I eventually became the main keyboardist for the church. 

(The one that was there became busy with work and wasn’t able to play as much).

But the main thing was that I had to keep a humble attitude and right spirit.  I didn’t think I was “too good” to play at a smaller church (and never have).

I just went and helped where there was a need.

And in due season, God blessed me to play at the larger church (where we did more songs and more advanced and fun songs). and eventually to play at conferences.

So if you are in a season where you feel like your gift is not being exercised where you are at, have patience.  Continue to grow and to get better.  Continue to practice.  Do not become upset but keep a right attitude.

Look for opportunities to be used and be humble enough to play at something that may seem like a small opportunity and then do your best!

And as the Word says “in due season, you will reap…IF you faint not.”

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Are you living with regret

I just read a great article about regret.  One of the biggest regrets that a lot of people have is never learning how to play music.

The awesome news is that it is never too late to learn to play!  We have had students who were in their 70s (and up) learn how to play from us!

The old saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is a LIE.

It’s all about your mindset. 

Remember, whether you think you can, or you think you can’t…you are probably right!

I’m 34 years old and I’m still learning new things on the piano regularly. 

So don’t live a life of regret. 

Stop regret in its tracks by signing up today to learn how to play keyboard, bass, guitar, drums, organ or whatever instrument you are interested in!

The key is just to get BETTER everyday.  Just getting 1% better everyday will make you 365% better in just one year!

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So don’t give up – instead keep it up!  You got this!

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Just because you are awesome

A word of encouragement – if you don’t get it the 1st time or the 2nd time or the 3rd time OR if it takes you months to learn instead of weeks, don’t be discouraged!

The key is just to get BETTER everyday.  Just getting 1% better everyday will make you 365% better in just one year!

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I used to practice like 8 hours a day (because I was homeschooled and had nothing else to do because we had moved to a new town LOL).

One of the biggest lessons I had to learn was just to walk away and come back to practice later.  Sometimes your brain just needs a break.

Even last night I was practicing a new style and fill on the piano.  I couldn’t get it exactly like I wanted.

But it didn’t bother me.  I knew that it was something “new” to my brain and fingers and when I go back to practice after church tonight, I will probably have it down.

So don’t give up – instead keep it up!  You got this!​​​​​​​

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I’m thankful I’ve never had this happen to me!

I’ve been to a LOT of churches over the years.  Probably 1000s of services!  We love going to church!  LOL!

But I’m thankful I’ve never had to attend a church that didn’t have a keyboard player.  Why?

Well, because I play the keyboard for one!

Have you ever been to a church service that had no music because there was no musician?

I’ve known of people that started churches and didn’t have any music and prayed for a musician!

So moral of the story, learn to play an instrument – preferably the keyboard or guitar – so that you never have to attend a church service that doesn’t have someone to play and help lead and inspire God’s people in worship!

I know, this might mean that you have to sacrifice some social media or entertainment!

Research (per Google) says that on average people spend around 2 1/2 hours a day on social media platforms!

Wow, imagine how good of a musician you would be if you practiced music 2 1/2 hours a day!

Let’s start your journey today or if you already play – take it to the next level.  

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Nothing funner than this!

Imagine something with me for a minute.  Imagine being able to just sit down and play whatever song (old school or new) that comes to your mind.  Beautiful chords, fills, and runs just seem to flow from your fingers.  

Or imagine being able to sit down and play with your favorite song, album or artist…almost like you were part of their band!

Does that sound fun?  To me it is – in fact, there is just about nothing more fun!

That’s what we want to teach you to do.  But it doesn’t happen overnight. 

And it doesn’t happen by taking years of “classical, traditional” piano lessons.  (At least it didn’t for me).

So how do you get there from where you are now?

Well, you need a system.  You need an approach that is DESIGNED and tested to teach people how to play.

It took me 10 years to learn to play in church because I was going about it the wrong way! 

We have had people take lessons from us for 3 MONTHS and be playing in church.

Practice doesn’t make perfect.  Practicing the RIGHT things with a SYSTEM makes perfect.

Otherwise, you will just be stuck in a rut, practicing the SAME things over and over again.

Our goal at Apostolic Praise School of Music is not just to give you a fish, but to teach you HOW to fish.

We don’t just teach you songs, we teach you how to understand music!

Let’s start your journey today or if you already play – take it to the next level.  Master ALL of those 33 main chords we use in gospel / church music.  (Major and Minor are just 2 of the 33 chords).

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— 
Richard W. Smith

Apostolic Praise School of Music

How I went from classical to gospel – you can too!

I remember when I was wanting to learn how to REALLY play gospel / church music.  Yeah I could play the piano.  I had played the piano for years – since I was 6.  I could play all kinds of really advanced, beautiful classical pieces that I had learned from the sweet little Baptist lady that gave me lessons.  I could play some cool jazz pieces too.

In fact, I could sit down and sight read and play pretty much anything. 

BUT I couldn’t just sit down and PLAY from my heart and I definitely could NOT play by ear!

Fast forward to today and I can listen to a song and pretty much play it by ear after listening to it a time or two – even advanced songs. 

If someone starts singing a song that I don’t know at church – it doesn’t scare me.  I can follow them too.

So what made the difference?  Well, after taking 10 years of lessons and then studying music for another about 5 years with different programs and curriculums, it all started to click. 

I found out what worked and what didn’t work.

I don’t have perfect pitch (being able to hear a note and tell you what it is) but I do have a very trained ear and you can too.

In fact, if you can hear your favorite song start playing and you can recognize what song it is then you can most likely learn to play by ear.

That’s what we teach at Apostolic Praise.  Yeah I think 1 or 2 of our 25 courses talks about and teaches sight-reading but for the most part we are teaching how to play by ear, use chord theory, read chord sheets/chord charts and have FUN playing.

We want you to truly understand music and to speak the language of music.

Music is not some great mystery – anyone can learn it.  I’ve literally had 6 year olds that learned how to play 7ths and 9ths and UNDERSTOOD how to use them!  (You can replace most minor chords with minor 7ths and most minor 7ths with minor 9ths for example).

Anyways, let’s start your journey today or if you already play – take it to the next level.  Master ALL of those 33 main chords we use in gospel / church music.  (Major and Minor are just 2 of the 33 chords).

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— 
Richard W. Smith

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How to Use 10 Minutes a Day to Change Your Life

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of 10 minutes a day.  People generally need about 8 hours of sleep per day.  That means, we have 16 hours per day of usable time.  16 hours is 960 minutes per day.  

That means that we all have about 1000 minutes per day when we are not sleeping.  That means we have 100 coins of 10 minutes slots to use every day!

So what are you going to spend your 100 coins on today?

I like to spend about 10 minutes per day teaching each of my 2 children a music lesson.  It’s amazing how much they have learned in a very SHORT period of time by just using 10 minutes of FOCUSED learning everyday.

So what does this mean for you?

What would happen if you took 10 MINUTES everyday and turned off your cellphone (*gasp* LOL), social media and distractions – (or put your phone on airplane mode) and then set your timer for 10 minutes?

Then turn on your ipad or computer and login to your Apostolic Praise lessons or open your Apostolic Praise workbook and study and practice for 10 minutes.

How much do you think you will have improved – doing this everyday – in a week, a month, a year?

The power of FOCUSED concentration is amazing. 

Those 10 minute “learning power sessions” over the course of 1 year would equal about 60 hours of practice.  You could literally go through all 25 Apostolic Praise courses in 1 year by doing this!

What lessons are you working on this week?  


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The Power of Scripture Memorization

Sadly, statistics and studies show, in general, that 90% of youth who grow up or attend church will leave the church (backslide).  (For the purpose of this article, we will also include “new converts” in the category of “youth” because they are “young in Christ” and the concepts apply.)  This is true even of youth who come to Sunday School and “Spirit-filled church” every Sunday, Bible Study every Wednesday, youth service every Friday, and who are involved in great ministries such as music, youth, and even teaching and preaching.  This is truly heart-breaking!

However, what if we could take that statistic and flip it on its head?  There is a way to give youth a 90% likelihood of living for God and a 10% chance of walking away.  

Let’s look at the questions and answers below.  Have you ever seen something like this before?  This is “catechism”.  Catechism is “a summary of the principles of Christian religion in the form of questions and answers, used for the instruction of Christians.”  It is a program used by the Catholic church (who are very successful in growth and member retention) to educate its members in the Catholic faith and doctrine.  This is a sample lesson of one of HUNDREDS of these type of lessons.  This one is from “Old Testament History for Beginners, Book 1, Lesson 1: Creation (Genesis 1).  

  1. What does the first verse of the Bible teach us?
    “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Gen. 1:1
  2. In how many days did God create all things?
    God created all things in six days.
  3. What did God create on the first day?
    God created the earth, and also the light.
  4. What did God create on the second day?
    God created the firmament, or, the sky.
  5. What did God make on the the third day?
    God made dry land, the trees and the plants.
  6. What did God create on the fourth day?
    The sun, the moon, and the stars.
  7. What did God make on the fifth day?
    God made the fish and the birds.
  8. What did God form on the sixth day?
    God formed the animals and man.
  9. Did God create a helper for Adam?
    Yes, God created Eve while Adam slept.
  10. Where did God place Adam and Eve?
    In paradise, which was a picture of heaven.

“No problem” you may say.  “My children go to church every time the doors are open AND I take my kids to youth service and Sunday School.”  That’s great…but 90% of them are still backsliding.  WHY?  Because they are NOT memorizing the Word and being TESTED on it.  Only 1 hour a week on a Sunday morning being taught a lesson or a few hours on a Friday night (even with a dynamic youth leader) is not enough.  

Imagine if that’s how you went to school – taking one or two classes a week for a few hours.  No matter how good the teacher – you would never graduate.  Sunday School, youth service and great church are important but they are not enough.

There is only one program that is having high success rates of retention.  Over a period of 20 years, we tracked youth who went through a Scripture Memorization program similar to Catholic Catechism and attended it for at least 3 consecutive years.  20 years later, 90% of the youth who went through it for a minimum of 3 consecutive years were still living for God.  And in one study, of the remaining 10% that backslid, 90% of them came back to the church.  However, 90% of those who only attended the program for around a year or who did not attend left the church (backslid)

So the AWESOME news is we have discovered a Proven Retention System for our youth and new converts!  Who wouldn’t agree that EVERY SINGLE ONE of our youth and new converts should go through a program like this?  This should be REQUIRED.  

The purpose of these Scripture Memorization lessons with short, fun devotionals and quizzes is to obey the Scriptural mandate that we have to teach the Word “diligently unto our children”. 

Yes it takes work and time and yes it is hard.  But what is harder is living with the fact that our children, youth and new converts are leaving the church and not returning.  Let’s choose our “hard”.  Our youth NEED a powerful, life-changing, proven system that puts God’s Word in their mind and heart, so they will not decide to go out on their own and do whatever they want.  They must “receive a love of the truth that they might be saved.”  

It’s time to teach our children beautiful Scriptures like these:

“9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”  (Psalm 119:9-11)

Why are we putting so much emphasis on involvement in music ministry, youth ministry, secular education, etc, when the only ministry with a high retention success rate for our youth, children and new converts are those teaching the Word and Scripture Memorization?

SIGN UP FOR THE APOSTOLIC PRAISE SCRIPTURE MEMORIZATION PROGRAM HERE

20 YEAR SCRIPTURE MEMORIZATION STUDY BELOW:

These are all people I personally knew and/or grew up with. Study done by Richard Smith. This is an opinion study.

First two lessons of our new course AP 601 SHOUT – Free

Our new AP 601 SHOUT Course is on the way!

Click here to download AP 601 Shout Lesson 1 PDF Study Guide

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The video below does not “go with” the PDF Study Guides above. The video below is just an example showing some of the techniques we will be teaching in this 12 lesson class. Each lesson will have its own video demonstrating what is being taught in each lesson – just like the rest of our courses. The class syllabus is below. Click here to PRE-ORDER AP 601 and SAVE $$$!

PLEASE NOTE: AP 601 is not 100% completed and is currently available for Pre-Sale at a discounted rate.  This course will be completed by April 30, 2020 and the lessons will be uploaded as they are completed.  You will not want to miss this amazing and fun course that makes playing shouts so EASY!  God bless!

AP 601 SHOUT LESSON SYLLABUS

Lesson 1: What is a shout, Leading up to a shout, Playing a basic shout in Key of C.

Lesson 2: Variations on Lead-ins and Walkouts 

Lesson 3: Taking the Shout to All 12 Keys

Lesson 4: How to Play a War Cry

Lesson 5: Variations on I to IV and I to V shouts

Lesson 6: b7 to 6 Shout Variations, Tritone Shout and Additional Shout Fills

Lesson 7: Examining popular shout songs – I’m a Soldier / I’m on the Battlefield

Lesson 8: Examining popular shout songs – There Is Power in the Blood

Lesson 9: Examining popular shout songs – Shout Now

Lesson 10: Examining popular shout songs – To God Be the Glory

Lesson 11: Examining popular shout songs – I’m Gonna Put a Praise On It

Lesson 12: Examining popular shout songs – I Give You Glory

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If you think you can or think you can’t, you’re probably right!

Listen, learning to play WAY more than just motivation and mindset.

You know, I’ve met and taught a LOT of music students over the years – both in-person and virtually.

One thing that I’ve noticed is that your perception of yourself is almost always right when it comes to learning how to play music.

I’ve seen people that were 60+ years of age that made up their minds to learn and they learned!

Then I’ve seen 40 year-olds that said “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”
And guess what?  They were ALL right.  Because they wouldn’t try.

I’ve also talked to 20 and 30 year-olds that said “if only I had started learning younger I could be good but now I’m too old. 

I mean really?!

I didn’t start learning how to play gospel music until I was 16 and now I can learn and play any song I want (with a little practice, of course).

It’s all about mindset and attitude!

You don’t have to start learning at the age of 2 or 3 to be good.

It’s like the old proverb says:  

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

Choose to be positive about your abilities and not negative!

And remember Philippians 4:13:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”

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Here’s one of MANY testimonials from one of our students:​​​

Hi Richard forgive me writing a testimony in the wrong place but I am so excited about your website! I have spent tons of money on lessons with teachers in person, on the internet, books, DVDs but I have never seen one like this! Your program for teaching church musicians is AWESOME! 

I told you before I play in church already.   I thank God for you because it is all making sense to me now! What a great concept! I went back to the 100 series and really learned some things even though I have been playing in church every Sunday that I didn’t know! Thanks also for the wonderful selection of songs that you have too which is very motivating! 

You have provided a systematic way to success for musicians! God Bless! I’ve finally found what I needed! Now I know I will be better at church!

– Mary R.

And read what others are saying about us here!
https://apostolicpsom.com/testimonials/

To all of our current members and students, thank you for your continued support of this ministry.  We love you and are praying for you and your success!  

Forward this message to someone you know!  Let’s keep it going!

God bless!

Free Chord Sheet! God is so good to me (I can’t complain)

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My Story – 10 Years and still not playing

​I was sixteen years old and had been playing the piano for 10 years and I still couldn’t play like I wanted to.  I definitely could NOT play by ear.

Maybe I just didn’t have it.  Should I give up?

But I couldn’t…there was just something inside that just wouldn’t quit.  It wouldn’t allow me to give up.  I was going to play one day!

So I sat down at the piano again and played one of those old classical pieces that a teacher had taught me years ago.

Enough of that!  I wanted to PLAY!  “God help me to learn…”

Then a package came in the mail (thanks Mom and Dad)!  
A gospel music series…workbooks…chords…

At the same time I started playing bass at a church that did gospel music in Tampa, FL.

I was the only Caucasian guy on the platform (Lol).  “You need to learn to play by ear.”  “Watch the keyboardists left hand a few times and you should have it.”  “Memorize it.”  “Take this CD and learn these songs.”

So I spent hours trying to figure out these bass notes by ear off the CD…the patterns did not seem to make sense.

But the workbooks I had taught me the Roman Numeral System…and it all started to click…a pattern…chord progressions…scales.

It took me 10 years to learn and then I learned more in 10 MONTHS than I had in the previous 10 years.  

How?  I believe that God gave me a system of understanding how music works.

At Apostolic Praise we use a systematic, organized approach to teaching music.

You will learn to play
1) by Chord Sheet
2) by ear
3) by Theory 

(and eventually)
4) by sight-reading (the least important one for playing church music – so we don’t focus on it until later on in our courses.)

There has never been a better time to learn!

Join the thousands that have advanced their playing with the system God has blessed us to teach at Apostolic Praise School of Music today!

AND you can use the coupon code “flashsale20” to save 20% off your next purchase now! (First TEN people only)​​

Become a MEMBER here

Start learning for FREE here

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See all our lessons in a list here.
Here’s one of MANY testimonials from one of our students:​​​

Hi Richard forgive me writing a testimony in the wrong place but I am so excited about your website! I have spent tons of money on lessons with teachers in person, on the internet, books, DVDs but I have never seen one like this! Your program for teaching church musicians is AWESOME! 

I told you before I play in church already.   I thank God for you because it is all making sense to me now! What a great concept! I went back to the 100 series and really learned some things even though I have been playing in church every Sunday that I didn’t know! Thanks also for the wonderful selection of songs that you have too which is very motivating! 

You have provided a systematic way to success for musicians! God Bless! I’ve finally found what I needed! Now I know I will be better at church!

– Mary R.

And read what others are saying about us here!
https://apostolicpsom.com/testimonials/

To all of our current members and students, thank you for your continued support of this ministry.  We love you and are praying for you and your success!  

Forward this message to someone you know!  Let’s keep it going!

God bless!

Free Chord Sheet – Awesome Worship Song!!

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Free Chord Sheet PLUS NEW Play-Along – Bless That Wonderful Name of Jesus

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Chord sheet for Keys

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Chord sheet for Bass Guitar

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Free Chord Sheet – O Come All Ye Faithful

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Song: O Come All Ye Faithful

G9 = B D F A (or just play a D minor chord as a substitute)

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Free Chord Sheet – Old Worship Song + Newer Song

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Song: Because He Lives DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE CHORD SHEET WRITTEN IN BEGINNER / INTERMEDIATE HERE (PDF)

ALSO Jesus Is My Help PDF Free Chord Sheet

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Free Chord Sheet – Great Worship Song + BONUS Awesome Baby Dedication

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Worship Song TXT File (Great for Onsong)

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Baby Dedication Song PDF Free Chord Sheet

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Free Chord Sheet and Choir Parts – Freedom

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BONUS! GOD BLESS AMERICA CHORD SHEET

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Great Worship Song – Amazing Love

Just wanted to share to bless!  Enjoy!

Click here to download (available in Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

Do you need more songs to practice? Well, we have some great chorusbook options to choose from below!  eBooks and Hard Copies available.  Beginner or Advanced on all and Free Shipping on all!

How to Read Apostolic Praise Chorusbooks

How To Transpose Songs to Different Keys​

Beg​​inner = Mainly Major and Minor Chords
Advanced = All Chords​​

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Joy to the World Little Drummer Boy O Come All Ye Faithful​ O Holy Night​ Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer​ Silent Night​​​​​​​​​​​ Silver Bells​ The Christmas Shoes​ We Wish You a Merry Christmas​ White Christmas Winter Wonderland

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