3 things I hate to see keyboardist/organist do:
1. Force a preacher to preach a half step up or down, because the organist or keyboardist can't play or isn't fluent with preaching chords in the white keys. <---Thats not cool, and you're not fooling anybody.
2. End a choir song in a white key, then make the whole band go up a half step so you can "church'em”. I myself have been guilty of this and have promised myself I would never do it again. We should take the time to work on shouts, and "Churchy" chords in G,A,B,E,&D, and not always have to move up to Ab, Bb, Eb, and Db, so that we can "smash."
3. Someone starts a congregational song in A, you know good and well they are in A, but you force them down to Ab, because you can't play that style of music in A. Yeah you can play ccm all day in A, but as soon as the mood switches to traditional, you're lost. This is a problem, and I promise you I'm about to fix it.
Here’s the bottom line. If you’re gonna play keyboard or organ at a church, you HAVE to know CHURCH! I don’t care how contemporary or modern your church worship experience is, sooner or later, somebody is going to sing a hymn, somebody is going to shout, or somebody is going to sing a congregational song. It’s going to happen, and you have to be ready…In EVERY KEY! Let’s stop using transposing as a clutch, only to get embarrassed when you arrive at a church with an old B-3 organ with no transpose feature.
If anyone knows me, they know I don’t bring up these type of issues without offering a solution. Is there a 1 step solution to knowing how to “church” in every key. Absolutely not. It’s a process, and we are going to go through it together. And just for reference, when I refer to “churching in every key,’ I’m talking about knowing hymns, congregational songs, preaching chords, and shout music.
So without dragging this out any longer, the product below is the first step. It’s a chord chart to a song that almost every church will sing at one time or another. Yes Lord. Listen when I tell you, if you can learn how to play the basic chords of Yes Lord, in every single key, then you are well on your way to being able to “Church” in every key! We are going to start with Yes Lord, then move to Congregational songs, and keep progressing from there. But you MUST start with Yes Lord! Trust me, you don’t wanna get embarrassed for NOT knowing how to play Yes Lord.
The “Yes Lord” Chord chart will work if you’re learning on organ, or on keyboard (with a bass player). It gives you the basic chords and movements you’ll need to play with a band as one when this song pops up.
Lets kill this transposing demon, stop embarrassing ourselves, and get serious about learning things that we should already know. More awesome tools are on the way. If you take the time to learn the chords in this “Yes Lord” Chord chart, along with the other great tutorials below, transposing will be an issue NO LONGER! Be blessed!