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Learn to change chords easily (So Will I by Hillsong Guitar Tutorial)

Feb 21, 2019

Learning to change chords quickly is one of the hardest things to do when you’re learning to play Guitar, right?

I’ve heard it from so many students and have seen students quit because it was difficult for them to get the hang of it.

Really, before you hit the point where you can move fluidly and easily, there isn’t much you can play.

Even if you’re able to play the chords, without being able to move from one to the next, the chords don’t really sound as much like the song as you would hope.

This is exactly why we want to help you learn to do this,

AND do it in an enjoyable way!

Practice, a lot of times, can be very hard to WANT to sit down and take on, but if we can make it more enjoyable, then we’ve got a chance!

What we’re going to teach you to do, through this tutorial today, is how you can begin to practice learning to play from chord to chord fluidly.

We’re going to walk you through the chords to Hillsong’s tune “So...

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Learn the Key of D {Build My Life Worship Piano Tutorial 🎹}

Feb 18, 2019

One of the most important assets you can have as a piano player who wants to play worship music,

Is the ability to play in multiple keys of music.

To be able to modify a song on the fly by changing keys (transposition) is hugely valuable to anyone in any type of band scenario.

Which is why I’m so excited to show you another one of those keys called the Key of D today!

We’ll be learning and applying the scale and chords of the Key of D as we learn the song “Build My Life”!

How amazing will it be to be able to play a song like this to your kids,

To your friends,

To lead yourself in worship with lyrics like this:

“Holy there is no one like you
There is none beside you
Open up my eyes in wonder
And show me who you are
And fill me with your heart
And lead me in love to those around me”

What powerful words to sing!

I pray that as you learn it, that it becomes a song you can sing to the Father over and over again.

One that brings you closer to Him and...

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Have fun learning to play on tempo {You Say by Lauren Daigle Worship Piano Tutorial}

Feb 08, 2019

Who loves playing along with a metronome?

If I’m honest, I’m probably hearing crickets from that question :)

I hear comments like these from students all the time…


“Can’t I just play how fast or slow I want to?”

Or my personal favorite…

“That metronome thing is EVIL!”

But, let me ask you a question...

Have you ever tried to play along with a song?

Chances are, you have.

Was it easy to do?

For most, probably not.


Not because you couldn’t play the song -

Not because you couldn’t remember the chords -

BUT, because you had to match their tempo exactly, or the whole thing would sound awful, right??

Imagine opening up Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music or whatever service you use to listen to music,

And pushing the “play” button on your favorite worship song.

Maybe it’s “What a Beautiful Name” or “Living Hope” or even an older song like “How Great is...

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🎸Guitar Players: How to KNOW your strumming pattern fits the song!

Jan 31, 2019

If there’s one thing question we’ve heard from nearly EVERY single guitar student that we’ve had come through Rooted Music, it’s this one…

“How do I know what strumming pattern to use for different songs?”

It can be tricky, right?

Sure, there are a few basic strumming patterns that CAN work for a few different songs, but how can you KNOW that you’re playing the RIGHT pattern for the song you’re learning?

How can you be sure, without a coach present, that your strumming pattern fits and sounds as good as it can?

Wouldn’t it be amazing to simply be able to listen to a song and know, beyond any doubt, that your patterns were going to sound good?

Wouldn’t it be incredible to know that when you played the song with others, maybe even in a band setting, your patterns would sound PERFECT for any given song?

Of course it would!
Which is exactly why we’re going to help break this down for you today!

Ready?? Let’s...

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How You Can Transpose Songs & Chords Easily 🙌🏻

Jan 16, 2019

Have you ever wondered what it means when someone says, “Let’s play this one in the Key of Bb”?

Or better yet… How in the world is someone able to play in the Key of Bb verses the Key of A on a dime?

What ALL do you possibly have to know in order to make that happen?

It sounds like a lot right?

I remember the first time I was confronted with this very idea....

I was watching Sister Act.

That’s right, Sister Act, with Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, etc.

In one of the scenes, Whoopi’s character (Delores Van Cartier) was helping the choir learn how to sing essentially.

She turns to the piano player accompanying the choir and tells him to play the certain song they were singing in C (or whatever key she specifically mentioned).

I had no idea what that even meant!

How in the world, could this guy, or anyone, know what it meant to move a song around to different keys... ON THE FLY??!!

Well, later as I began to understand the Nashville Number System, I...

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Get Started Finger Picking 🎸

Jan 03, 2019

Have you ever been at a concert, watching one of the guitar players, and wondered how in the world they could finger pick through the chord changes with such smoothness and ease?

Or maybe, you’ve just been playing with a friend and they started to play some incredible sounding melody by finger picking through some chords…

You might have even asked them how they do it.

More often than not, you know what their response will be?

“Oh, I don’t know, I just do it.”

Which is a big help, right?? :)

I mean, it would be amazing to be able to pick through a simple chord progression, and make it sound so beautiful, right?

And really that’s all they’re doing.

They’re taking a simple chord progression (nothing crazy, I promise) and are playing the notes of the chord one at a time in a manner that sounds incredible!

Now, In order for YOU to do this, the biggest item you need to learn is what type of pattern to use when finger picking.

There are...

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Ethan’s Story: The one finger exercise on guitar that WILL revolutionize the way you play!

Dec 27, 2018

If you’ve ever tried learning to play Guitar, chances are you know and realize just how tough that can be sometimes.

Whether you can’t get your strings to stop buzzing when playing chords…

You can’t move between chords quickly enough…


Your timing just isn’t what you feel it should be to actually play an entire all the way fluidly.

I’ve heard and seen students with these exact same struggles, and know that it can be very overwhelming.

You wonder if you’ll ever truly be able to play the way you desire.

If the songs you would truly love to play will ever come out of you and your playing.

I know the feeling -- but I also know the cure :)

I want to tell you a story about a guy named Ethan.

A few years ago, Ethan was just starting out on Guitar.

He had played Piano for several years, was progressing well, but just was looking to change it up - try something new.

So, Ethan began taking Guitar lessons with us at Rooted.

We got started...

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Learn to Play Who You Say I Am from Hillsong on Piano!

Dec 06, 2018

I’m excited to present another tutorial for you guys this week! “Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong is a song that I love getting to lead. I love the power behind the lyrics of the song and the way God uses it to speak to us!

As you watch the tutorial, we are going to be diving deeper into the Key this song is in as well as into the chords of this song! You’ll walk away having a much better understanding of not only how to play this song, but also the Nashville Number System, which is used by most professional musicians to “speak the language” so to speak.

If you enjoy this video and would like more… More community, more tutorials, more coaching in both worship piano and guitar, I would love for you to check out an incredible membership program we have for you here:

But first, enjoy this tutorial of “Who You Say I Am” above.


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Give yourself permission to not be perfect

Nov 15, 2018

Thanks for taking a few minutes out of your day to check in with us!

We have an amazing encouragement from one of our coaches, Jonathan Maiocco, that I think you’re going to absolutely love.

Jonathan is a skilled musician as well as piano and composition coach. He brings a lot to the table including a very thoughtful approach to music in general, but specifically practice.

For most of us, it’s all about our mindset. If we can get ourselves over the hump mentally, we’ll have an opportunity to see some incredible results.

Check out what Jonathan has for us above!


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How to Play How Great is Our God on Piano!

Nov 08, 2018

Today is going to be a great video that you will NOT want to miss! Todd Locke, who has actually played “How Great is Our God” in Chris Tomlin’s band, is going to walk us through how to play this classic worship song!

Todd has played keys for Chris Tomlin, Lauren Daigle, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill and many others and has some great insight into this song, that will help you understand it better than ever before.

If you love this song, go ahead and click the link above to watch and learn it today!


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