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Gospel Keyboard Styles: A Complete Guide to Harmony, Rhythm and Melody in Authentic Gospel Style (Harrison Music Education Systems) Sheet music – March 1, 2002
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This book gets you started on different patterns, which shows you how to incorporate them into gospel chord progressions and pieces with melodies such as hymns. They provide examples on how to incorporate what you learn in the book in chord progressions and hymns and provide exercises which you can practice. It also gives you information on pentatonic scales, chords, mixolydian mode, grace notes ect.
The book gets you familiar with patterns used for slow gospel in 3/4 time and fast gospel in 4/4 time. This book is really good for those who can already read music and have a basic understanding of keyboard harmony. This book has some great sounding material but unfortunately does not come with a CD but if you can sight read the material, you really don't need a CD.
This has got to be among the best if not the best book on gospel piano.
One feature I liked was that Mr. Harrison would provide a very basic example with a chord structure and then proceed to "realize" it a couple of different ways so that you could read the notes that he might recommend you play. Because he gives you a few options of how he might play it, you really have the ability to pick up riffs and patterns that you might not otherwise.
This is a well written and concieved book.
I should add that I am also starting to use Ethel Caffie-Austin's wonderful "Learn to Play Gospel" DVD at this time, and I am finding it really helpful to use both of these resources at once. The Harrison book gives me patterns and theory that I use for practice drills, and the Caffie-Austin DVD gives me a less theoretical approach with very beautiful playable songs. I have a feeling that if I keep working diligently with both of these for a few more months, I might be able to play Gospel the way I really want to.
If you think you're going to want to buy a couple of these Hal Leonard piano styles books, I'd suggest just getting the Pop book instead.
The music in this version is very small even when looking at it
on a computer with a large screen. The picture of the sheet music looks low resolution.
I asked for a refund. I don't know about the paperback version of the book, but don't
buy the kindle version
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found the explainations of chords confusing, even though I have been playing for years. I was disappointed.Published 1 month ago by Kathynina
This book was a lot harder than I expected, would have been nice if I could have been able to view some of the inside pages before I bought it.Published 9 months ago by Amberly