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A couple years ago I met a wonderful young guy who
knocked me out with the quality of his piano courses, and I'm not real
easy to impress, since I've seen so many piano teachers come and go over
For one thing, most teachers don't explain things
clearly enough, and they don't teach enough music theory so you really
know what you're doing. But this guy -- Jermaine -- is an exception to
He's for real, so I can recommend his courses with
confidence. He covers not only the areas of playing by ear and chords, but
also specializes in black gospel, which I'm not entirely up to speed on.
(Being a middle-class white boy, and an old one at that...)
So I'm delighted to be able to share these great
courses with my students.
Click on any of the links below for an exciting
Here is his "Play Any Song By Ear"
To Play Any Song By Ear!
And here is his 300-pg course:
300 Page Course in Playing By Ear
Here is his "GospelKeys 101 video course":
Hymns & Congregational Songs In 3 Easy Steps!"
And his "GospelKeys 202 video course":
Play All Of Your Favorite Worship Song By Ear!
And the absolutely fabulous
GospelKeys X: Urban and Contemporary Worship
Make All Your Worship Songs Sound Contemporary!
Below is a letter I sent out to my students which tells
Dear Friend & Student:
If you've been struggling to figure out how songs are
created, I encourage you to listen up very closely as this article will
reveal some key principles to playing by ear.
I have a brilliant young friend by the name of Jermaine who
specializes in teaching students how to do exactly that!
... play by ear and he's taught over 190,000 students all around the
world. He's catching up with me fast, but I don't mind, since he's both a
great musician and a wonderful guy.
He's created many articles and lessons at his website, but one of my
personal favorites is one that discusses how songs and melodies are made.
This article is PACKED full of information!
...So I just thought I'd share it with you all. Here's an
abstract of the article that I have been raving about. It
mainly talks about the melodies of songs and how they're
SO HERE IT IS....
Learning How Melodies are Constructed
Get the full text at:
Learning How Melodies Are Constructed
I believe that it is very important to understand how melodies
are created. Why is this? Because if you understand where
melodies come from, you will be more apt to predict where the
notes of the melody are going...
For example, (a) if I knew that a melody was being played in
the key of C, I would first assess whether this melody sounds
like it is created from a major, natural minor, melodic minor,
harmonic minor, blues, or any other scale (I'll show you how
to do this ... don't worry).
(b) By knowing all of these scales and being able to recognize
them with my ear, I can then eliminate notes that are less
likely to be a part of the melody (unless they are used for
other purposes ... "accidental notes, leading notes ... etc). I
can also show you how to learn all of your major, minor, blues
and other scales. My secrets cover all of these in depth and
will show you how to play them instantly without even thinking
(c) After using these techniques to recognize melodies from
scales, you'll get more and more experienced and will be able
to play melodies in your head immediately! This is a proven
fact! It is common for me to turn on the radio while driving in
my car and hear a melody that I am easily able to transcribe in
my mind. It's exciting AND If you keep reading, I will show you
some techniques to help you train your ear to acquire this same
Obviously, I don't have enough space to publish over 15-pgs in
this e-mail but I encourage you to visit their site and check
out what he has to offer.
For the full article, visit Jermaine's website using the link
How Melodies Are Constructed
(...and if you're really serious about taking your piano
playing to the next level, you might want to consider taking
him up on his 300-pg course, "The Secrets to Playing Piano by
All the best,
PS I just discovered a fantastic new piano course in "Urban
Contemporary Worship Music". The sounds are absolutely fabulous, and I
have just ordered the course myself, since I can tell these guys really
know what they are doing.
I thought you should know about it. Go over to:
Urban Contemporary Worship Music
and have a listen to the sounds -- they are awesome!
PS Also go over to
watch the short free videos.
LEARN TO PLAY
ALL YOUR FAVORITE GOSPEL SONGS BY EAR IN VIRTUALLY MINUTES!!
GospelKeys 101 Learning System
will teach you everything you need to know to get started
playing basic hymns and congregational songs by ear. If
you're a beginner and would like your very own gospel
piano teacher on dvd, this course is definitely for you!
This dvd course moves at a very comfortable pace and leaves
no questions unanswered.
will be shown, step-by-step, how to
harmonize every single tone of the major scale ---
AND since songs are
melodies (and melodies are based on major scales),
you'll be able to harmonize MOST songs immediately
after learning these concepts.
In 90 minutes, you'll learn a variety of chords, inversions,
melodies, and will be playing over a half-dozen songs by the
This course may not be suitable for "ultra" advanced
players. This is a basic "101" course on
harmonization and creation of simple hymns and
Click here to learn more
GospelKeys 202 Learning System
202 Special Edition
will teach you everything you need to know to play all of
slow worship songs by ear!
It will show you, step-by-step, how to play tons of
worship chords and progressions that you can start using in
your songs right away! Not only will you learn all the
chords, progressions, "licks" and "tricks" you
need to contemporize any tune, but you'll also learn several
worship classics like "Thank
You Lord," "Hallelujah,"
the Deer," "Anointing"
In 5 hours (...yes, five
hours/4 discs), you'll master over 60 chords and inversions,
"couples," and progressions. By disc 2, you'll be combing
chords to create
worship movements found in many gospel songs. By the end
of the course, you'll be playing full-sounding songs that
you can use in your worship service right away!
Note: You can start learning
all the worship songs you've ever wanted to play with the
power of "patterns" and "couples." Take
advantage of this course today!
Click here to learn more
GospelKeys 300 Learning System
300 will teach
you how to play just about any praise song you can think of!
On your own, it would take months to learn every single
praise song, one-by-one. Believe it or not, many people do
it this way and get tired because learning new songs seems
You can spend minimal time
five parts that'll allow you to master hundreds of songs
by ear. Yes ... GK300 will cover several songs in the video
but these are meant to show you EXACTLY how to play all the
other songs that follow these same patterns. Basically, once
you know these five parts, they are repeated over and over
in praise song after praise ("I get joy when I think about,"
"God is a good God," "Bless that Wonderful name of Jesus,"
there are a few
bonus sections included in the course that will show you
how to accompany a charismatic preacher, how to utilize your
left hand while playing with a bass player, and how to play
praise songs in all 12 keys (2 hours total).
Click here to learn more
GospelKeys 500 Learning System
Keys 500 will show you how to
discover the three main parts of shouting music and what it
takes to master this style of up-tempo playing. With this
over-the-shoulder approach, you will be sure to learn tons
of bass runs, right-hand movements, licks, and tricks.
Master shouting music by
learning never-before-seen techniques. In this course,
shouting music is broken into three key sections: "The
Shouting Intro," "The
Main Loop Period" and "The
Cool-down." You'll explore each part, step-by-step. You
won't find shouting music taught in these 3 steps ANYWHERE
Added benefit: You'll also
learn about the power
tritones in shouting music and how they allow your right
hand to play super-fast movements, fill-ins, and runs while
maintaining the left hand. Other topics covered are "stride
piano," "modulation," "role reversal techniques," and
"linear shouting styles!"
Total: 2 hours
here to learn more
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