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The BEST finger exercise on Piano!

Nov 01, 2018

Today, I want to share with you one of the best finger exercises I know. I’ve used this same exercise to help students gain a better ability to play fluidly, consistently and have full confidence in their ability to play wide ranging styles of music in a variety of settings!

To find out about this exercise and to start working on it for yourself check out the video!

 

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How to play bass in a worship band

Oct 25, 2018

 

If you’re a bass player, you know that often times you get overlooked when it comes to recognition in a band setting and it sometimes can feel like what you’re doing does not matter as much as what other instruments are doing.

 BUT…. This could not be farther from the truth!! Bass players play such an important role in a band setting and today I’m pumped to be able to share with you how big of a difference you CAN and WILL make!

 If you’re ready to learn more and really hone your bass playing skills in a band setting, this video is for you!

 

 

 

 

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3 things you absolutely need to know before playing a worship event!

Oct 18, 2018

 

This week, we have something really special for all of you aspiring or current worship leaders / musicians out there! I want to share with you 3 things you absolutely need to know before heading into your next worship event!

These 3 things are pieces that I’ve learned over the course of my time playing with artists Chris Tomlin, Christy Nockels and many others, and I’ve seen these three items work for other players as well!

These 3 items have the ability to literally be the reason why you would be asked back to play an event again or why you might have other opportunities down the road!! So, needless to say, they’re vitally important to any aspiring worship leader / musician!

So, if you’re excited to hear about these 3 pieces, let’s go ahead and jump in! Click the link above to check out the video.

 

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How to play Good Good Father (from Chris Tomlin) on Guitar!!

Oct 11, 2018

 

Who out there loves the song, Good Good Father? I know I’ve had some amazing times of worship playing and leading the song and believe you will too!

That’s exactly why we wanted to create a tutorial for it… So you could learn and benefit from the power of this song too!

Click the link above and get started learning Good Good Father today!

 

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How to play Lord I Need You (from Matt Maher) on Piano!

Oct 04, 2018

 

Chances are, if you’ve spent much time around either a contemporary or traditional church over the last decade or two, you’ve heard the hymn: “Lord I Need Thee”, or the modern take on it called “Lord I Need You.”

Matt Maher and Chris Tomlin have both recorded modern versions of this incredible hymn that has blessed people all over the world.

I know I’ve had incredible times of worship, while singing this song. Such powerful words that I think you’ll find will usher you into the presence of God.

I love this song so much, that we had one of my good friends, Todd Locke (keys player for Lauren Daigle), video a piano tutorial of this song just for you!

I’d love for you to check it out and experience the amazing worship that follows as a result!

 

 

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How to make your chord progressions instantly sound better!

Sep 27, 2018

 

 

Have you ever listened to a professional piano/keys player and wonder how they can make the exact same chord progressions you play, sound infinitely better?

We’re all playing the same chords, so why do chord progressions that Matt Gilder (keys player for Tomlin) sound so much better than the average person?

I know I used to wonder this EXACT same thing. It wasn’t until I understood one key ingredient to any chord I played, that this was able to change for me.

The key is to begin to use Chord Inversions.

Inversions can take a bland sounding chord progression and make the chords sound so much more cohesive and better overall.

In today’s blog, we’re talking about what Chord Inversions are and how they can be used to enhance your music! Check out the video and let us know what you think!

 

 

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How to Play King of My Heart (Piano Tutorial!)

Sep 20, 2018

Chances are you’ve heard the song, King of My Heart, and chances are you LOVED it!! Like all of us around Rooted :)

We loved that song so much, we wanted to create a piano tutorial to share with you. The song has a very cool Piano lead line played with the Right Hand over the chords in the Left Hand, that is simple, but very fun to play!

SO… We had one of our friends Todd Locke (keys player for grammy award winning artist Lauren Daigle) create a worship song tutorial on this song with some incredible explanation behind the song as well.

Even if you’re not sure you can do it, GO FOR IT!! And then let us know what you thought. I believe you’re going to not only learn how to play the song, but you’re going to learn something really helpful about playing worship music in general, that you probably never knew before!

Go ahead and click the link and get started learning King of My Heart today!

 

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How to Overcome Stage Fright

Sep 13, 2018

I’m really excited about the blog today and the power behind the info!

If you’ve ever performed on a stage or hope to one day, then today’s blog is for YOU!

Performing in front of people, no matter how small or large the crowd, can be a very scary thing! In fact, I would say that they smaller the crowd, the more it requires of you to really perform well and engage the audience well.

Even after the hundreds, possibly thousands of shows I’ve played throughout my career so far, I still have a little bit of nervousness before heading out to play. I want my contribution to the set to be solid and impactful and leave people glad that they decided to come!

Whether you’re worried about being able to play the songs correctly, remember all the chords in the songs, or just scared you MIGHT make a mistake, nerves play a role in just about every performance for everyone.

Today, one of our coaches, Carly Burruss is going to give you some incredible insight into how...

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Learn to play the music you love!

Sep 06, 2018

We all want to be able to hear a song on the radio or at church and instantly play it. We all want the freedom that comes with that magical ability.

I have good news. It isn't magic, and it’s not just for the pros. You can do it too!

Welcome to Step 4 of Ear Training!

Over the past month we have learned how to hear intervals, pick out the bass line, and how to build chords on that foundation. This week we recap what we have learned and learn how to chart out our favorite songs and play them moments later!

Check out the video and let us know what you think!

 

 

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Instantly know the chords to any song!

Aug 30, 2018

 Imagine if you could hear a song on the radio and sit down in seconds to play it. What if you could learn the tricks to start doing this today?

Here comes Part 3 of Ear Training!

Over the past two weeks we have been learning how to hear the chords of our favorite songs. Last week we learned how to listen for the lowest pitch and play along.

This week we will learn how to identify what chords are built on that foundation. Get ready to change the way you listen and perform music!

 

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