How to play gospel highlife praise on the piano

Before we begin I want to get rid of this assumption:


1.       That there is a particular pattern that can play all gospel praise songs. 

     There is no such pattern as this because a particular pattern is based on a chord progression; and you know that different songs have their different progressions.

And I also want you to note that, different songs have their own different progressions. So your ears should be at work whenever you are about to play. An easy way around this is for you to reharse with our chordprogression ebook.


I hear this a lot of times from beginners:

“I’m good in playing worship but my problem is playing praises”

The truth is you are not good in playing either of them. Most people make that statement because they have memorized playing a few worship songs, then they feel they can handle all worship songs. Go and listen to them play then you would know hear how horrible they sound. They sound horrible because they play the wrong progressions to songs.
Let us begin:

Requirements for playing gospel highlife praise

1.       You should be able to play the progression of any song by just hearing it. I know this would be very hard for beginners, you just have to train your ears to know the right chords that should accompany song. You should get this chord progression ebook of over 100 nigerian praiseand worship songs. The ebook would help you develop your ears as long as you practice.

2.       You should be able to move swiftly between chords. This is very important. You do not want to be slowing down the rhythm simply because you are unable to sound each chord correctly at the right time. You should be able to go swiftly from “doh to fah”, or from “fah to lah” or from “reh to soh” or from “mi to lah” or from “doh to mi”e.t.c You can watch our chord progression series video for more lessons.

3.       You should be able to play “accompany chords” on the left hand and play the notes of songs on the right hand. In other words you should be able to solo and at the same time accompany your solo with chords. It is very simple, for a start you can use hymns to practice.


Having knowing all these requirements,

How do you make all make your accompaniment of gospel praise songs more interesting.
Watch the video below for an illustration, 



we are going to be using some few songs.
Their progressions are written below:


Akanakwe
O hi oooooooo sai

Akanakwe
Akana mkop kwe

Akana kwe kwe kwe
Ima mi eti ede abasi


Baba Baba Baba Baba Baba Loke Baba
Baba baba baba baba baba mi loke

Baba
Ohun ti moni ma fi yin oo logo
Baba
Baba ooo baba oo baba loke
Baba


You make me wonder oo, Baba I wonder
You make me wonder oo
Baba, I wonder
O maye ye mi oo O tun gbe mi soke
Why wont I praise you Titi laye maa gbe oo ga


We lift your name Higher
We lift your name higher
d
We lift your name Higher
f
We lift your name Higher
s
We lift your name Higher
d
Shout Halle Halleujah
d
Halle Halleujah
f
Shout Halle Halleujah
s
Shout Halle Halleujah
Otuaka chinike idi ewo
Otuaka chinike idi ewo
f
Agidigba oo
d
O o o Agidigba oo
S d

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