Learn To Play Gospel Piano
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This inspirational course in gospel piano has been specially designed for novice and intermediate players. West Virginia's First Lady of Gospel Music teaches powerful arrangements of traditional spirituals and hymns, complete with melody, harmony notes, chords, runs, turnarounds and left-hand bass lines. Two hours of instruction! 2-DVD SET * INCLUDES MUSIC * LEVEL 2/3
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Many pianists are taught to learn only what's on the page, to "hear with their eyes", so may find it challenging to learn in this manner, where it's all live - she shows this, then that, then goes back and puts them together. But press on, and you'll be rewarded. If you're used to a more vernacular form of music (e.g., rock, folk music) that's passed along orally/aurally, it'll probably be much easier for you. But what I like about this is that you get it all - the video, the commentary, and the printed notes. We all need to find our own way in, and I think she's given us all the chance to find ours here.
If you have any interest in this subject whatsoever, I'd advise you to buy this pronto.
Some hand independence and comfort with four-finger chords are pre-requisites to making the most of this, though you can use the DVD to learn these skills if you're patient and not afraid to practise hard. Caffie-Austin is a beautiful player and the video shows well what her talented fingers are up to. She has a wonderful voice and engaging persona too.
If you are unsure about your skills, or are just beginning, I recommend you start with something simpler like Bradley Sowash and Scott Houston's "The Next Step" before tackling this.
Her teaching style is clear and easy to follow. Even if you work at it it will be a while before you master all the techniques she teaches in this video.
I just wish there were recordings of her playing more without stopping to explain what she's doing.