What Happened to All My Notes? Navigating Chord Charts and Lead Sheets for the Church Pianist (PART ONE)


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.