Church pianists are being called upon more frequently to realize accompaniments for hymns and gospel songs from a chord chart or lead sheet. This skill requires a thorough knowledge of chords, chord voicings, and chord inversions. Since the piano keyboard is the ultimate audio-visual aid for understanding functional music theory, we will explore ways to use it as the perfect vehicle for building functional skills for the church pianist.
Part One: Understanding Chords, Inversions, and Voicing covers the building blocks of harmony in their various forms. We’ll also demonstrate the importance of chord progressions in accomplishing this task.