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Hillsong Worship Piano Tutorial 🎹 {Whole Heart (Hold Me Now)}

Jun 13, 2019

Growing up, learning to play songs like “Whole Heart (Hold Me Now)” really was a struggle.

I had such a hard time understanding the way chords worked…


Understanding that music was broken down into different groups of notes that sound good together called “Keys”...

And especially how someone could improvise on the fly.

All of these things that I understand now, were baffling to me even after I’d had several years of piano lessons.

Do you know what turned it all around for me?

Having the right coach.

Having a coach that understood what I wanted to achieve (my goal was to learn to play music I loved),

And that could give me a simple, easy to understand system to follow,

Helped me truly understand things about music that I never thought I would.

Does playing the music you love seem like it’s way off in the distance for you?

Does it seem like you’ll never be able to improvise, or play worship music using chords?

If so, all it takes is...

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One Thing Beginning Piano Players Fear the Most {“Bigger Than I Thought” Piano Tutorial}

Jun 06, 2019

There is one thing that beginning piano players, who are playing in a band, leading worship, etc, have an intense fear of…

You probably have an idea of what it is…

The thing that strikes fear into most every new piano player, is the dreaded question,

“Hey, do you think we could switch this song from the Key of C to the Key of B?”

I see it happen ALL THE TIME.

The keys player has learned his/her songs for the worship set they’re about to play and is feeling great about heading into the rehearsal or the service…

Only to be taken back by that incredibly awful question written above :)

Do you know why this question causes so much anxiety or fear?

It’s not that the Key of B is SO much harder to play in than the Key of C.

Quite honestly, someone could ask,

“Hey, let’s move this song from C to G” (which G, like C, is another very easy key to play in)

And it would still cause confusion and fear.

Which leads back to the question...

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Learn to Play Living Hope from Phil Wickham on Piano!

May 31, 2019

Have you ever had a song that just spoke to you?

Have you ever listened to the lyrics or melody of a song and just been blown away at how much you could relate to it?

Even more, have you ever been struck by how a simple song can usher you into the presence of God over and over again?

This song we’re going to learn today, called Living Hope is one of those songs for me.

The 3rd verse gets me every time…

“Then came the morning that sealed the promise

Your buried body began to breathe

Out of the silence, the Roaring Lion

Declared the grave has no claim on me,

Jesus, Yours is the victory”

Incredible lyrics, right?

Those lyrics in that song, truly bring me to a place of overwhelming gratefulness, awe, humility and worship to God.

What’s even more amazing to me, is that I’ve had the opportunity to lead others to that VERY same place as I’ve been blessed to be able to lead that song at our church several Sundays.

The opportunity to be a catalyst...

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The Easiest Key to Play on the Piano 🙌🏻 (Piano Tutorial)

May 23, 2019

Maybe you’re like so many of our students who learned to read music when you were younger…

But stopped playing because you lost interest in the music.

You were never allowed to play the music you really loved and wanted to play.

And consequently, now have regret that you did not stick with it.

Well, I have good news for you!

As I said earlier, today is YOUR day!

Today, we’re going to break down the layout of the piano in the simplest form possible…

Today, we’re going to help you understand the easiest, most simple key known to music…

Today, YOU are going to learn to play the song “Come to the Table” from Sidewalk Prophets on piano!!!

You ready??

Now, you may be a little skeptical of my promise to you here.

I can certainly understand how you would feel this way given your past experiences.

However, I’ve helped close to ONE THOUSAND students learn to play their favorite worship songs on piano with this exact same method...

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Why do you want to learn piano? (Tutorial Inside) 🎹

May 16, 2019

What is your goal in learning to play the piano?

For some of you, maybe it’s simply a “bucket list” item… You’ve always dreamed of playing fluidly, but just never been able to make it happen.

For others, maybe it’s to have a hobby outside of work… One that can help you relax, decompress and remove yourself from the stressors of the day.

But for some of you, your goal goes even further…
Yes, maybe those things are true of you, but they’re not the biggest reason.

I believe for a lot of you, the biggest reason you’re wanting to learn piano is to eventually be able to lead a congregation, friends, family in worship through music.

I talk to many people who have felt the call of God on their life to do so and just never had the right outlet for it.They’ve felt God impress on them what they need to do and are in the waiting and seeking seasons.

You may even potentially feel you’re ready to dive in, but God has not...

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Learn to Play "No Longer Slaves" on Piano {Bethel Music} 🎹

May 09, 2019

Have you ever dreamed of creating moments of musical worship for yourself?

If you’re like most people I talk to,

You would love to be able to freely play any song you wanted, when you wanted to.

To just be able to sit down at the piano and play confidently…

Confidently play songs of worship that maybe you sing at church, or have heard on the radio.

Well, today we’re going to help you begin to do just that with one of the best worship songs out there right now.

Together, we’re going to walk through and learn the song “No Longer Slaves” from Bethel Music.

It’s an incredible song that I’ve had the privilege of leading many times…
And every time I get to lead it, it impacts me in a major way.

If you’ve never heard the song, or are not sure of some of the lyrics, here’s a taste:

“From my mother’s womb

You have chosen me

Love has called my name

I’ve been born again

Into a family

Your blood flows through...

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Hillsong Whole Heart Tutorial {Learn the Key of E on Guitar}

Apr 25, 2019

 Has it seemed “unattainable” to learn songs on the guitar?

Or at least to learn them quickly and easily?

Chances are, you have worked on learning a song and you’ve been overwhelmed by the different sections, changing chords and more.

There ARE a lot of factors when it comes to learning the music you love…

However, there is one system that makes it infinitely easier to get started playing the music you love.

This system help you understand that every song is played in what’s called a “Key” of music.

From there, each “Key” is simply a group of notes, with very specific chords to be played.

Each Key has a “template” basically of the chords that will sound good when played in that key, making it easier than ever to learn songs in that key.

Today, we’ll be walking through the Key of E on Guitar and how with some simple understanding of it, you will be able to learn to play songs easier and quicker than you...

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"Death Was Arrested" Worship Piano Tutorial

Apr 21, 2019

“Our Savior displayed on a criminal’s cross

Darkness rejoiced as though Heaven had lost

But the Jesus arose with our freedom in hand

That’s when death was arrested and my life began”


If you’ve never heard the song, “Death Was Arrested” from North Point InsideOut, you owe it to yourself to give it a listen.

It’s so easy as we head past this Good Friday and Easter week to let this just be another year we celebrate the same way we always do.

The tough thing about being a believer over time is that it’s very easy to start becoming complacent… To start assuming that Jesus was going to resurrect after He died a terrible death.

I know I’ve definitely felt this.

I know the events that are about to happen, so I start to take for granted what His family and friends felt in those days leading up to Jesus’ resurrection.

I think we really have to try to put ourselves in the shoes of His disciples, family and friends who...

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Learn the Key of E on Guitar {Hillsong Whole Heart Tutorial}

Mar 29, 2019

 Has it seemed “unattainable” to learn songs on the guitar?

Or at least to learn them quickly and easily?

Chances are, you have worked on learning a song and you’ve been overwhelmed by the different sections, changing chords and more.

There ARE a lot of factors when it comes to learning the music you love…

However, there is one system that makes it infinitely easier to get started playing the music you love.

This system help you understand that every song is played in what’s called a “Key” of music.

From there, each “Key” is simply a group of notes, with very specific chords to be played.

Each Key has a “template” basically of the chords that will sound good when played in that key, making it easier than ever to learn songs in that key.

Today, we’ll be walking through the Key of E on Guitar and how with some simple understanding of it, you will be able to learn to play songs easier and quicker than you...

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Transposing Is Easier Than You Thought 🙌🏻 (Cornerstone from Hillsong Piano Tutorial)

Mar 18, 2019

Have you ever heard someone talking about what “key” a song is in and just thought, “What are you even talking about???”

Or heard someone talk about how they had to change the key of a song to another key in order to better fit a singer’s voice, etc?

Chances are you’ve heard the conversations…

And chances ALSO are that you’ve had ZERO idea what these people were talking about.

I have some good news for you…

It’s all EASIER than you thought

And the even better news - I’m going to show you exactly how to do this TODAY!

Imagine being able to actually know what people are talking in those conversations about “keys of music” and “transposition”!

And even more than that, imagine being to actually put this info to good use!

Imagine being able to accompany someone on the piano or guitar and being able to shift the key around WITHOUT it being a huge deal!!

Pretty awesome, right?

Well, let’s go...

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