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


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.