@organmadeeasy: Hi Vaughn, I tried to respond back to your comments about my most recent playing clip, but both the “comment” and “reply” features in WordPress are disabled. Please check into this— when I press either button, they just blink and nothing gets processed. Here is my followup nquestion: Thank you for the informative critique,…[Read more]
All small details stuff, but these details will take your playing to a whole new…
[Latest Organ Recording]: I meant to post this clip over the weekend in honor of V-day, but better late than never. During my weekend practice session, I decided to record an organ rendition of, “Oh how He Loves You and Me”. because Jesus’s sacrifice at the cross showed the epitome of love. His love for me is the reason I live today. I have…[Read more]
[NEWEST CHORD of the Week Recording]:Well, I am finally back in the swing of things after the funeral last week. We had a young person to die (32 yrs old), and playing the keyboard for a packed funeral was alot of pressure, but the Lord bought me through yet another funeral! Anyways, this week I randomly chose G7(#9,b13) as my newest chord…[Read more]
[HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO A TENT REVIVAL?]:Praise the Lord, EVERYONE!!!! I would like to take the opportunity to invite each one of you to the special tent services we are hosting August 1-4, 2019. I am sooooooo….. excited because we are having a variety of guest speakers from as far away as SOUTH AFRICA! God has been so faithful to grace us…[Read more]
Unfortunately I can’t make it…as will likely be overseas to attend a funeral of a close family member who has transitioned to be with the Lord a couple days ago.
I do know tent meetings are exciting. Our church has run several of those in the past 10 years and results are amazing! We have seen so many…
@organmadeeasy: Dear Vaughn, I have a question that I know that you can answer. I have been primarily focusing on my left hand (by shifting all the advanced chords to my left hand and focusing on triads in the right). This technique is great for the organ, but being that I primarily play keyboard during service, my right hand has to carry the bulk…[Read more]
1. Do you guys have a bass player? If so why is your right hand playing the bulk of the chords?
2. How often do you practice exercises? Sounds like your muscles need to be strengthened. Also, soak your hands in epsom salt and warm water after they get sore like that. Quick recovery.
Thank you so much for your response, Michael! …. I look forward to hearing what Vaughn @organmadeeasy has to say.
1) Vaughn, I have a question about drop-2 voicings for advanced chords. I have seen you use drop 2 voicings on the organ crawl, but that was for triads. For bigger, altered chords, if I am playing them with the left hand, does the 2nd note that is dropped to the bottom become the note I play on my bass pedal? Wouldn’t that…[Read more]
I know you asked Vaughan, but I wanted to share my response to your question no.1
Drop 2 is a technique where the 2nd highest note to the left of your voice leading note is dropped to bassline, foot pedal or omitted entirely. My understanding is technique doesn’t necessarily change the chord (a composition of…
Not even paying attention to what the bass player is doing because at that moment you are like a horn section outlining a melody.
As keys players we often get trapped into the idea of vertical chords
Dear @organmadeeasy: Vaughn, I left these 2 questions off of my original list:
1) I’m trying to get an idea of where I fall within the playing spectrum. So much of my estimation of my ability level estimation is based upon my own opinion. Understanding where I fall within the skill spectrum is not only important to my development as a musician,…[Read more]
2. Yes you can substitute chords in the 2-5-1 movement. Refer to the chord suggestions in the Tensions worksheet in Module 1A. Those are my usual go-to’s when I want to switch things up. I usually don’t deviate from the dominant chord on the “5”, but as long as the melody of what you’re playing works…
Dear @organmadeeasy: Hi Vaughn, I have a few questions:
1) How do you handle playing behind spontaneous singers? I have several people who sing songs from the “white” station, and because I don’t listen to the “white” station, I have never heard the songs before they sing them. Also because I am playing by ear, most of the times I am at a sore…[Read more]
2. At first premeditated. Once I had the melody, and I knew the target chord & melody note for that target chord, I would just find a way to connect it. One thing you can do is to voice leading in…
Hi Vaughn @organmadeeasy: I have some questions:
I am so excited to have finally learned the number system in its entirety so that I am comfortable playing in any key. I even know how to do my 7-3-6-2-5-1 progression with my left hand in every key in 6 minutes or less!!! I have some unfinished business in my musical quest, though. I want to be…[Read more]
That’s why you must always mentally “sing” the major scale in your head when analyzing a song to see what chord we are dealing with.
What we are looking to see if the 4th scale degree…
I acknowledge your concern and it is valid in context as i fully grasp what you mean, the gravity of intent of where you are coming from. I agree and support what you are saying. However, without being too controversial I invite you to…
@organmadeeasy: Vaughn, I have 2 questions:
1) Organ presets: How and when do you use them? Do you have any special recommendations about deciding when to use them in lieu of drawbars? Do you ever split your register and use a preset in conjunction with a drawbar setting?
2) My other question is about the Major 6th chord. Are there any tensions…[Read more]
2. Major 6 chord usually can have a 9th as it’s tension. Chord name would be I(6/9)
Dear Vaughn @organmadeeasy: In advance of your presentation tomorrow @ the Piano Summit, I have been interceding in prayer on your behalf. Please remember that a large majority of the musicians in the audience probably began their playing careers in their respective churches, and left to seek the false mirage of fortune, fame, and money in the…[Read more]
May I know what time the piano summit is (ET) tomorrow? I don’t recall seeing an email on this.
Please excuse me if I overlooked something. Also, I would like to raise a vote of support for your prayer and encouragement to Vaughan. Indeed, I can testify his teaching and this forum has done wonders for me in just a…
@organmadeeasy Hi Vaughn, do you have a fingering chart or know where I can get one? I’m somewhat sure that my hands are in the right position, but If I had a chart or something to refer to, it would help me be certain about correct positioning. I’m not in a big hurry to try and master fingering or anything, I understand there are no quick fixes…[Read more]
And I’ll answer it in the next Monthly Student review.
Also make sure to let me know if you’re playing piano or organ and where/when you have this problem
Hi @organmadeeasy: Neither MSR-5 nor MSR-6 will load. I know you had tech. difficulties yesterday, but could you look into re-uploading these videos? Thanks!
Hi @organmadeeasy (Vaughn), I keep attempting to “submit a question” for the next MSR, and the link is either inactive, or the page could not be found.
Hi @organmadeeasy (Vaughn), Thanks for all the helpful advice on MSR 6! Were you aware that something happened to the video near the end, and that it cut off before you were finished answering the last question? Thanks, EKN
@organmadeeasy Hey V I Just purchased the free dvd top ten chord progressions im having a hard time locating it HELP!!!
It’s in the courses tab, just scroll to the bottom
man!!!!! I thought this was organ progressions smh
You know what…I’m going to record them on organ as well. Look for the update in the next few weeks.
COOL!! aside from this. I was at church last night and my bishop broke out into song, “Anointing.” The song, like any song wasn’t the issue. The issue was my inability to connect my ideas to the my playing which resulted in hitting wrong bass notes on chords they didn’t belong with. Would you have or know any course on ear training. And before you…[Read more]
Hey that isn’t an ear training problem.
It’s a “not knowing the melody of a song” problem. And knowing how to match the RIGHT chords with each melody note.
I highly recommend the Create Crazy Gospel Chords course to help with that.
This will help you create ideas using certain rules and principles that govern “crazy gospel chords and ideas”
I’m just now reading this and I can see somewhat clearly now. I took the time to go through and write out the scale for, Cmaj7 and going through it’s diatonic scale and the remaining 6. In a nutshell knowing how numbers work helps us identify progression movements. ok, next question, how do you listen to a song and identify its chord…[Read more]
@doris1995bellsouth-net-2, Awesome that you submitted your clip for MSR3 because I actually got more ideas based on your question to Vaughn, than all of my questions combined! I love that modulation walk-down that Vaughn does, and I am thinking about implementing the trick in my playing style.
A few Follow-up questions…[Read more]
1. Great idea..I’ll have to update PCU with piano.
2. You are 1/2 correct. You must remember that EVERYTHING hinges on the “Melody Is King” principle. When Playing Preacher Chords (Like songs) The melody is “dictated” to you, as in, you don’t control it.
With talk music you have complete control of the melody so you have more creative…[Read more]
@organmadeeasy Hello Vaughn B. I’m new to the University. Hey I’m learning the progression that goes to Here I Am to Worship. I know the baseline goes from the 1 564 for the Chorus but how should I voice my left hand? Thanks
Oops! Hi Vaughn @organmadeeasy, I forgot to post these follow-up questions from M.S.R last week.
Could you please clarify the following:
1) You were talking about the ‘add 2’ chords that you normally use. Is the only difference between an (add 2) and an (add nine) chord the seventh?
2) So did I understand correctly— reharms are only meant for…[Read more]