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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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Play Your Favorite Songs TODAY!

Aug 23, 2018

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to sit down and play your favorite songs. How about being able to hear a song and play it minutes later? We all know people who can hear any song on the radio and play it seconds later. Wouldn’t you like to know the tips and tricks that the pros use to do this?

You can!!

Welcome back to Part 2 of Ear Training! Over these weeks we will work on using ear training to improve our ability and musical confidence. This week we will learn how to listen for the bass and play along!

Check out the video and get started playing your favorite songs TODAY!


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Listen to a song and instantly play it!

Aug 16, 2018

Have you ever been amazed when you see those crazy talented musicians who hear a song and start playing along right away? Even crazier...have you ever seen someone listen to a song from start to finish without touching their instrument and then instantly play it? HOW could that even be possible?

In these next few weeks we want to share with you some resources and areas of practice that will allow you to do those same things and give you confidence in any musical environment that you find yourself in. We will do this through ear training! It will completely transform your approach to learning, retaining, and performing a large catalog of songs and will make you an indispensable musician!

Get ready to take notes! This is a good one!


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How to read a chord chart

Aug 09, 2018

There are many questions that I receive week to week, but one that I hear the most is, “How do I know what to play based on the chord chart?”

I’ve heard this from many of you as well, which is why I’m excited to shed some light on this today!

Maybe you’ve been asked to play for your church, a band or simply with some friends, and they’ve given you a chord chart. This chord chart, which is a layout of the song either has letters (like Am) or numbers (referring to the Nashville Number System) and possibly the song lyrics.

You have the chords, you have the song’s structure, but nothing about the rhythms where you play certain chords, or with what inversion. Where do you get this info from? How can you know how to take the info from this page and translate it into a well played song?

This is exactly what we’re going to talk about today, so let’s jump in!

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You'll never read music the same way again!

Aug 02, 2018


From the time it takes to make the piece sound like it should, to the way it can overwhelm when you you take a look at all of those notes…

Reading a piece of sheet music can be a daunting task even when you’ve been at it for years.

Today, one our amazing coaches Jonathan, is going to be sharing how you can start reading music better than you ever have before!

Jonathan is a great pianist, composer, singer/songwriter and has some amazing tips to share today!

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


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