I want to reveal those Secret Black Gospel Chords to you. It's those
chords that elevate a song from common to exceptional. The Black
Gospel Chords that turn traditional songs into extraordinary
arrangements. The Black Gospel Chords most musicians don't want
you to know about.
Just what is it that sets Black Gospel apart from the typical
traditional Gospel style music? It's the chord formations. Black
Gospel uses a lot of altered or extended chords. Amazing Grace, the
traditional style and Amazing Grace, Black Gospel Style are worlds
apart. There is a link below to hear the incredible difference.
To understand Black Gospel, you must have a foundational
understanding of these Altered and Extended Chords.
Can you tolerate a wee bit of music theory to transform your playing
in rapid time?? I hope so, because it is actually quite easy.
Hang with me for just a few moments, it will be well worth it I
Secret Black Gospel Chords!!!
It's all about the Scales
Let's take a look at the "C" extended scale:
C - D - E - F - G - A - B - C - D - E - F - G - A
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
The number below each letter represents what position that note falls on in the scale. The
C is the 1 chords, D is the 2 chord etc.
Most chords are built upon using the 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13th notes in the scale.
If we want to form a C7 chord for example, we have to use the notes C, E, G and B,
which would become Bb.
If we wanted to form a C9 chords, we have to use all the previous notes plus add the D,
which is the 9th note in the extended scale. We now have C, E, G, Bb, D to form the C9
Notice we are simply "building" the chord as we go. To build a C11 chord, we just add
the 11th note in the scale, F, to what we already have. C11 becomes the notes: C, E, G,
Bb, D, F.
And lastly to form the C13, we just add the A to the above notes. Now you see why they
are called "extended" chords.
Wow, there are 7 notes in the C13 chord, so you must play multiple notes in your right
and left hands to get the correct sound. There are a number of ways to do that, but
basically, you want to play the C & G in your left hand and try to play all the "extended"
notes in the right hand. So you might have C & G - left hand and Bb, D, F and A in the
right. There are many ways to "voice" chords, so something a little different might work
better for you.
Moving on, let's look at gospel chords flavor ingredient, the altered chords.
An altered chord takes one of the regular notes in the chord and makes it a flat or sharp.
Lets take a C9 with a b5 (C9b5). That means a regular C9 chord, C, E, G, Bb, D only we
flat the 5th tone or the G to make it a Gb.
So now we have the notes C, E, Gb, Bb, D to make up a C9b5 chord. And there are
literally hundreds of different altered chords from which to choose.
Sooooooo, by now you are probably saying, great, but how do I USE this knowledge to
play cool gospel chords?
The secret is in having a system to plug them into your songs. You can become your own
arranger and not have to depend upon the mercy of other musicians to "show" you
something awesome. (Something they probably don't want to do anyway)
Continue on to the link below to hear examples of what this system can do for you, quickly
click here for amazing examples