PLAYING PRAISE AND WORSHIP IN THE MINORBy JohnsonKeys(Nigeria)
NATURAL MINOR SCALE
Digging into the minor scale also known as Aeolian Scale,
like I do tell my students its just a simple process of playing in relation to a Major scale. A natural minor scale has the same notes as its relative major scale, but is built starting from the sixth note of the relative major scale. NB: when a major scale and a natural minor scale have the same key signature, they are RELATIVE KEYS.
Every major key has a relative minor key, which starts on the sixth scale degree or step. E.g. A minor is the relative minor of C.
So for instance a singer might be in the KEY of C and overtime He/She might take some songs whose scale would be easily detectable in A minor scale.
There is this African call and response song Awesome God Mighty God…this song is in a minor key (I still hear some local church players approach the song as if it were in a major key which is wrong) you have to approach the accompaniment like you will do for other songs on major keys.
WE GIVE YOU PRAISE
WE GIVE YOU PRAISE
YOU ARE HIGLY LIFTED UP
YOU ARE HIGLY LIFTED UP MIGHTY GOD
The Natural minor scale follows this pattern: T::S::T::T::S::T::T
T: a Tone
S: a semitone Number format :2 1 2 2 1 2 2
1 2 3b 4 5 6b 7b 8
HOW TO APPROACH A SONG
One of the basic facts you need to confirm in a song before approaching the song is the scale on which the song is formed
Mostly the Major scale has the upper hand here but recently there has been more to the minor scales as some composers who want to make difference have been dealing with the minor side of the music which will automatically affect the chords that you will be using for such songs in the sense that those chords will be generated from the minor scale in the key of the songs
LET US QUICKLY SEE HOW THIS GOES IN THE FIRST TWO LINES OF THIS CALL AND REPSONSE SONG
AWESOME GOD GROOVE: WORROR TEMPO: 100BPM ACCOMPANIMENT
CALL, RESPONSE, ACCOMPANIMENT
TRY THIS ON YOUR PIANO ALONG WITH YOUR DRUMMER FOR THE WORROR GROOVE.
How to accompany a song or singer