This 3-DVD course is designed for any single melody instrument wanting to play by ear and improvise in contemporary worship. Perfect for woodwind, brass and stringed instruments.Adapt your classical skills to play by ear in worship without the music!You will learn how to:
- Use your knowledge of keys, scales and arpeggios to create improvised parts
- Play notes that fit in both major and minor keys without sheet music
- Blend with other instruments without set parts
- Work out sharps and flats in any key using a foolproof method
- Use chord tones as the basis of playing by ear
- Create effective harmonies and new melody lines
- Develop tasteful playing using melodic hooks phrasing and dynamics
- Improvise using auxiliary, added and passing notes
- Use the Nashville numbering system to transpose by earApplied using songs How Great is Our God, Forever, In Christ Alone, Happy Day, Faithful One, God of Justice and the hymn Oh the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus. Suitable for all ability levels.Plus daily practice backing tracks with on screen chord charts.Six hours of lessons, tips and backing tracks on three DVDs .Plus tips from Brenton Brown, Tim Hughes, Martin Neal, Chris Bowater, Noel Robinson, Tommy Walker, Noel Richards, Tre Sheppard, Aaron Keyes, Stu G (Delirious). (publisher's website)
Perfect for acoustic worship guitarists who want to take their playing to the next level. A years worth of lessons, tricks and techniques. 7 hours of instruction on 3 DVDs plus animated graphics, close up shots tips from worship leaders. You will learn:
- Over 60 new substitute chord shapes in keys G,C,D,A,E and B
- How to build strumming patterns around the groove + 35 usable patterns
- 18 finger style and 30 strumming technique ideas
- Play barre chords without the pain!
- Find four different capo positions for all 12 keys
- 10 licks in the style of James Taylor, John Mayer and John Martyn
- 12 unique exercises to help you master Travis picking – great for hymns!
- Tricks for playing any open chord in B without barre chords or capo!
- Use 10ths & 6ths to play alternative acoustic chord voicings up the neck
- Use ‘5’ and add9 chords for power and beauty
- Understand Nashville numbering to transpose easily into any keyPlus daily practice backing tracks, how to use high strung and baritone guitars in worship and an acoustic guitar buyers guide. (publisher's website)
I would love to see the Singing and Keyboard courses from Musicademy for consideration in a future review. In addition, I encourage them to offer resources that cover additional historic hymns and even some liturgical settings from the rich heritage of English music and even that of the Church of England. How would acoustic guitar, piano, and orchestral instruments work in a 21st Century setting of Evensong?
The Rev. Paul J Cain is Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sheridan, Wyoming, Headmaster of Martin Luther Grammar School, a member of the Board of Directors of The Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education, Wyoming District Worship Chairman, and Editor of QBR.