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

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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 Two: Understanding Lead Sheet and Chord Chart Notation deals with these alternate forms of notation. No longer are all the notes provided; we now have to play them using the knowledge we learned in session 1.

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