Instructional DVDs

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Fundamentals of Scales & Chords – DVD

This piano / keyboard DVD video teaches you how to play scales and build chords. What is a scale? The term scale comes from the Latin word meaning ladder. In music, scales are used to build many melodies. Scales are used to express the very thought and patterns of a song. When you learn to play scales very fluently, it will be a lot easier for you to pickup and learn any song that you want to play on the piano or keyboard. Understanding scales is the backbone to every musician. Chords are derivatives of scales. In other words, chords are made up by tones of the scale. Fundamentals of Scales and Chords prepares and conditions your fingers for playing every style of piano/keyboard music. This DVD tutorial video demonstrates note by note, finger by finger, scale by scale, and chord by chord. Scales and chords are the foundational building blocks of playing piano/keyboard. Scales and chords are the very beginning of learning the language of music.

This DVD video is essential for every age and level of musical skill from the absolute beginner to advanced. The video camera captures all footage from an over-the-head view. Every note is spelled out on the screen. Every finger and note is illustrated and explained very clearly. This video is divided into several chapters for easy navigation and review.

What You will learn

  •       the musical alphabet
  •       the white keys and the black keys
  •       half step and whole step intervals
  •       the major scale formula
  •       all 12 major scales
  •       scale fingering techniques
  •       all 12 major chords
  •       1st & 2nd Chord inversions


Chord Builder – DVD

What is a Chord?

A chord is a group of notes played simultaneously.

In other words, a chord is when you play 3 or more keys at the same time. In order to expand your horizons in any style of music, you need to have a detailed understanding of how all chords are built. This DVD video tutorial erases all the mystery associated with chord names. The purpose of this DVD video is to teach the fundamental principle of how all chords are formed. This video breaks down the theory behind every popular chord. The chords taught in this DVD are applicable to every genre of music. You will learn how to build chords from scratch.

This video is intended for all ages and skill levels from the novice to the professional. This is a perfect video for music teachers to utilize in the classroom. The chords in this video are illustrated using the number system.

What is the number system? The number system is a method of using the numbers 1-13 as reference points. These numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, are derived from extensions of the Major scale. Certain numbers are used to form certain chords.

All of this will be made very plain and easy in the Chord Build DVD lesson.

What You will learn

  • How to build all chords including…
  • the Major chord
  • minor chord
  • diminished chord
  • diminished 7th chord
  • half diminished chord
  • 6th chord
  • dominant chords
  • 7th chord
  • 9th chord
  • 11th chord
  • 13th chord
  • Major 7th chord
  • Major 9th chord
  • minor 7th chord
  • minor 9th chord
  • augmented chord
  • add9 chord
  • suspended 2 chord
  • suspended 4 chord


Gospel Patterns 1 – DVD

Gospel Patterns 1 is a training video which teaches the fundamentals of gospel piano keyboard. Gospel music follows various chord patterns to create songs. Another term for chord ‘patterns’ is chord ‘progressions’. A progression is a sequence of chord changes.

This video is designed to teach the most common patterns used in various styles of gospel music. This video will help you to build a large vocabulary to be able to express yourself in the ministry of gospel piano & keyboard.

Gospel Patterns is a theoretical system of how to play traditional and contemporary music by ear.

What You will learn

  • how to play with your left and right hands
  • how to apply different patterns in different keys
  • octave bass
  • arpeggio
  • the Nashville chord pattern
  • application of extended chords
  • song – Like the Dew in the Morning
  • 6-2-5-1 chord progression


Gospel Patterns 2 – DVD

Gospel Patterns 2 is a piano & keyboard training tool which teaches you the fundamentals of Gospel keyboard and piano.

This is the next level of continuation after you have skillfully mastered the ‘Gospel Patterns 1’ course.

What You will learn

  • a new pattern called the ‘Alternate Gospel Pattern’
  • How to combine the ‘Nashville’ chord pattern with the ‘Alternate Gospel’ chord pattern.
  • the 7-3-6 progression
  • application of the half diminished chord
  • song – This Little Light of Mine
  • song – Happy birthday


Gospel Patterns 3 – DVD

Gospel Patterns 3 is the next video of continuation after completion of Gospel Patterns 1 & 2.

What You will learn

  • Song: Hallelujah
  • Detailed explanation and introduction of the circle of 4ths pattern.
  • Circles of 4ths usage with major, minor, Major 7th, and minor 7th chord progressions.
  • Illustration of how dominant 7th chords are used.
  • Dominant to 4th progression.
  • Introduction to passing chords.
  • 2 dominant to 5 chord progression.
  • Song: Come to Jesus ‘key of Eb’.
  • The add2 chord.
  • Gospel Bounce, shuffle, gospel rock, key of Eb (this is a common groove pattern found in many up-tempo devotional and praise songs).
  • Break down of Song: Let the Church Say Amen ‘key of Eb’.
  • Song: I’m So Glad (Jesus Lifted Me) ‘key of Bb’.
  • Application of the half diminished 7th (½ dim7) chord.
  • Song: Open the Flood Gates of Heaven (Let it Rain).


Gospel Patterns 4 – DVD

All songs are demonstrated using the Number system which is taught in Gospel Patterns 1, 2, and 3.

What You will learn

  • Break down of Praise is what I Do
  • Fourth Chord fill-in phrase, suspended 4th chord application
  • introduction to the “relative minor Chord” minor9 to 13th progression
  • Application of Nashville and Alternate Gospel Chord patterns.
  • Minor9 to 13th chord progression.
  • Zion is calling me
  • Call and response


Gospel Patterns 5 – DVD

In Gospel Patterns 5, the focus is on quartet style songs.

What You will learn

  • Song: It’s in My Heart / Canton Spirituals
  • Application of the raised 5th chord
  • Song: Cooling Water / Williams Brothers
  • The relative minor chord
  • Song: Walk Around Heaven / Mighty Clouds of Joy
  • Application of the add2 Chord
  • Song: Clean Up What I Messed Up / Canton Spirituals Song:
  • I’m Too Close / Williams Brothers
  • Raised 7 Raised 9 Chord
  • Application of the dominant 2 Chord


Gospel Pattern 6 – (Communion) – DVD

In Gospel Patterns 6, you will learn 7 Communion-Lord’s Supper songs.

What You will learn

  • Song: I know It Was The Blood
  • Application of the Gospel Bounce/Shuffle
  • Application of the add9(2) Chord
  • Application of the half diminished chord
  • Song: Were You There
  • Song: Let Us Break Bread Together
  • Song: There Is Power in the Blood of the Lamb
  • Song: The Blood Will Never Loose It’s Power
  • Application of the relative minor chord
  • Song: Bless That Wonderful Name of Jesus
  • Illustration of the Flat Five passing chord
  • Minor 7 raised 5th crash chord
  • Application of the dominant 2 chord
  • Song: Remember Me


Hammond organ drawbars - DVD Video or Digital

Have you always wondered about Hammond organ drawbar settings? Have you ever wished to get the drawbar settings of your favorite professional musician? Have you tried to memorize the settings of performing organists?

The reality is that an imitation is not exactly what you need. You need to know how to create your own unique custom drawbar settings.

First, you must realize that even if you use the exact drawbar compilation of a particular organist, it will not necessarily sound that way when you play. This may seem to be a shock, but you must reckon that there are many variables that determine the sound of an organ. These variables include but are not limited to the following list of variables:

  • Exact chord
  • Exact chord inversions
  • Exact organ & Leslie Speaker specifications (condition, age, restoration process etc…)
  • Church, arena, club, or theater building acoustics (room size & humidity, crowd size & behavior etc…)

Of course there are many more factors. I just named a few so that you may feel what I’m saying.

DVD video length: 1hr

What You will learn

This DVD video teaches the fundamentals you need to know pertaining to drawbars.  This DVD video lesson empowers you to float through an entire gig without being distressed about drawbar settings. You will learn to change drawbar settings on the fly during any song. You will learn to change drawbar settings according to the environment that you are ministering to.

Stop trying to remember specific drawbar settings! It is a waste of time. The concept of drawbar settings is not as challenging as it may seem. In fact, it is just a matter of grasping the concept. Organist Doug Collins simplifies this so-called mystery of drawbar settings.