Which better way to learn the chords other than playing them? Today we’re looking at the Straight Beat rhythm.
We all know the C Am F G sequence we learned to play before. Today we’re trying it another way: Straight Beat Gospel Style.
Here each chord will be played twice very slowly using your right hand. This means that each chord will have TWO beats like this:
C C Am Am F F G G
With the first of the two beats the chord’s root note needs to be played at least one octave lower down the keyboard using your left hand.
FUN FACT: The root note of a chord is the note that give a chord its name
See below a visual of how your hands should be used:
This is a popular chord sequence. Songs such as Red Red Wine, Blue Moon, and Always look on the bright side of life utilise this chord.
Straight Beat Gospel Style
Let’s look at chord progression for this style. The chord sequence below is a familiar chord progression used in slow or Gospel songs and slower music.
These are played very, very slowly.
Keep on practicing and it WILL get easier!