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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!

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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.

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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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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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