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6 tips that will take you to the Next Level

Hey there!

If you are like me, you like to practice songs.  I mean piano exercises are not usually the funnest thing to play in the world, right?

Yet can you imagine an athlete – let’s say a basketball player – if all he ever did was play basketball games against himself, would he ever become really, really good?

Definitely not.  And practicing songs by yourself is fine but if that is what you spend most of your time doing when you play the piano – you are never going to become really, really good.

Here are some tips to help you change:

1) Take lessons from someone (like Apostolic Praise School of Music) so that you are always learning new musical concepts and not just songs

2) Practice the exercises in your lessons with FOCUS.  (Remember, if you want to really play, don’t just play around.)

3) Don’t worry about mastering each lesson 100% before moving on – just keep moving forward!  Each lesson builds upon the previous, so this is perfectly fine and will keep you from getting stuck.

4) Practice the songs we teach you with the Full Band Practice Tracks we provide.  This gives you the feel of playing with other musicians and helps your timing.

5) Stay encouraged.  Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day and I didn’t start playing like I do in a day, week or month.

6) HAVE FUN!  Remember, you are just PLAYING.  It’s not called WORKING the piano (or bass or guitar or whatever you are playing).  We are just playing – it’s supposed to be fun.

Fun leads to motivation and motivation leads to music.  

It all starts with fun.  If you aren’t motivated, make it fun – think of it as a game!  The motivation will come when you learn to enjoy it.

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It’s a new week – let’s learn something new!

God bless you and your music ministry!

– Bro. Richard Smith

This one concept will change your playing forever

What could be so powerful?

One of the biggest dangers (and I have done it myself) in learning to play is the DANGER OF FALLING INTO A RUT.

What is a RUT?

A rut is where you play the SAME THING, EVERY TIME you sit down to play at the piano (or your instrument of choice).

You sit down and just play around with what you know.  And you go in circles.  Every time.  Sometimes for years…or your whole life!  🙁

SO HOW DO YOU BREAK OUT OF THIS?

First of all, “if you want to really play, don’t just play around.”

I mean, that’s cool sometimes and part of it.

But you need to FOCUS.  You need to LEARN SOMETHING NEW.

If you don’t, then you will just stay where you are at…forever.

I personally still take lessons.  I will learn from anyone – even a 5 year old.

One of the greatest musician mentors I ever had – O’neal Wright from New Life Tabernacle in Tampa, Florida told me this “You can learning SOMETHING from ANYBODY.”

I never forgot that.

Shameless plug here – Apostolic Praise Lessons will give you focus.  Our lessons are specifically designed and have been tested to teach people how to play more quickly, more easily, and have more fun doing it.

And FUN is super-important!  You have to learn to enjoy playing.  I mean it is called “playing.”  🙂

But notice the saying doesn’t go “If you want to really play, DON’T play around”.

NO!  It says “If you want to really play, don’t JUST play around.

You can play around and have fun (in fact this is the SECOND most important thing to do).

But the FIRST most important thing is to FOCUS and LEARN SOMETHING NEW.

If you get 1% better everyday, in just one year you will be 365% better.

I can take a complete beginner and if they complete just ONE Apostolic Praise Lesson per week.  In one year, they will have gone from playing NOTHING (or just major and minor chords) to playing songs and advanced concepts like 11th and 13th chords and fast song walking bass lines with praise vamps!

Members, keep learning and focusing by signing in here.

Free Students, go here to keep learning or SIGNUP here.

But by all means, KEEP LEARNING.

God bless you and your playing!

RICHARD W. SMITH

P.S. Here is your free chord sheet for the week

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My Storm Story of learning how to play

Hey there!

I remember first learning to piano (keyboard – same thing).  I was six years old and there was a lightning storm that had turned off the power so I asked my mom to teach me how to play.

See, God sends us storms for a reason sometimes!

Well, I was really just bored and there was nothing else to do.  It was too dark to read or play and I didn’t want to go to bed, but I could see the piano keys by the light of the candles!  LOL

I have always loved that bluesy, jazzy, gospel-y kind of sound and I tried to learn it out of books.  I also took a lot of classical piano lessons with a sweet lady down the road.

But let me tell you, I still couldn’t PLAY!

You know what I mean…PLAY!

Like just sit down at the piano or keyboard and just JAM (or worship) for Jesus!

There had to be a secret!  More practice?  REALLY?!  I had practiced for HUNDREDS and THOUSANDS of hours.

A lot of people just say “PRACTICE more.  And there’s no shortcut!  Just PRACTICE more!”

Well I can practice playing C major scale and my classical pieces backwards and forwards for 10,000 hours but that wasn’t going to teach me how to PLAY.

So there had to be something more…

Well, it took me 10+ long years of hunting and digging around until I finally learned the secrets to playing like I wanted to.

My goal is to shorten that path for you and give you the tools you need to be playing REAL church songs by your very first lesson (AP 100 Lesson 1).

I’ve taught hundreds of in-person LIVE music lessons and through teaching for years, I developed a system that teaches people how to start playing quickly without having to take YEARS of piano lessons.

But the system only works if YOU work too (and actually do the lessons and practice them).

Make it a goal to complete ONE lesson per week and in one year you will be able to play almost anything.

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10 years and still not playing…

I was sixteen years old and had been playing the piano for 10 years and I still couldn’t play like I wanted to.  I definitely couldn’t play by ear.
Maybe I just didn’t have it.  Should I give up?
But I couldn’t…there was just something inside that just wouldn’t quit.  It wouldn’t allow me to give up.  I was going to play one day!
So I sat down at the piano again and played one of those old classical pieces that a teacher had taught me years ago.
Enough of that!  I wanted to PLAY!  “God help me to learn…”
Then a package came in the mail (thanks Mom and Dad)!
A gospel music series…workbooks…chords…
At the same time I started playing bass at a church that did gospel music in Tampa, FL.
I was the only Caucasian guy on the platform (Lol).  “You need to learn to play by ear.”  “Watch the keyboardists left hand a few times and you should have it.”  “Memorize it.”  “Take this CD and learn these songs.”
So I spent hours trying to figure out these bass notes by ear off the CD…the patterns did not seem to make sense.
But the workbooks I had taught me the Roman Numeral System…and it all started to click…a pattern…chord progressions…scales.
It took me 10 years to learn and then I learned more in 10 MONTHS than I had in the previous 10 years.
How?  I believe that God gave me a system of understanding how music works.
At Apostolic Praise we use a systematic, organized approach to teaching music.
You will learn to play
1) by Chord Sheet
2) by ear
3) by Theory 
 
(and eventually)
 
4) by sight-reading (the least important one for playing church music – so we don’t focus on it until later on in our courses.)
Hi Richard forgive me writing a testimony in the wrong place but I am so excited about your website! I have spent tons of money on lessons with teachers in person, on the internet, books, DVDs but I have never seen one like this! Your program for teaching church musicians is AWESOME! 
I told you before I play in church already.   I thank God for you because it is all making sense to me now! What a great concept! I went back to the 100 series and really learned some things even though I have been playing in church every Sunday that I didn’t know! Thanks also for the wonderful selection of songs that you have too which is very motivating! 
You have provided a systematic way to success for musicians! God Bless! I’ve finally found what I needed! Now I know I will be better at church!
– Mary R.
There has never been a better time to learn!
Join the thousands that have advanced their playing with the system God has blessed us to teach at Apostolic Praise School of Music today!
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To all of our current members and students, thank you for your continued support of this ministry.  We love you and are praying for you and your success!  
 
Forward this message to someone you know!  Let’s keep it going!
God bless!

How to find time to practice

I got an email the other day that went like this

“Bro. Smith,

How do you make time to practice with everything life has in a day?

The emails I receive speak to me, making me want to perfect my skill I have. I just don’t know how to make time for it.”

Answer: “The truth is that I don’t really hardly ever practice, I just mainly focus on learning new stuff. And when I do just sit down and play I don’t think of it as practice – I am playing for fun or perhaps even worshipping.

Another thing is that you have to make time for it. Try to make sure you sit down at least daily and play.”

So the keys here are:

1) Focus on learning new stuff

2) Make time for it daily

The truth is that practice is part of learning, but so many people get bogged down in practicing things that won’t really even help their playing.

Case-in-point: A beginning pianist practicing playing all the scales.

This is really not something you need to focus on YET.  You need to focus on learning to PLAY.  We will teach you what a major scale is and how we make it in the beginning, but we only teach you the C major scale.  Then a few lessons later, we teach the F major scale, next the G major scale.

Another case-in-point: Playing a bunch of songs or random stuff off the internet but not understanding what you are playing. (And never moving past just major and minor chords)

The truth is that people that follow a program learn faster than people that don’t.

Our goal is to get you playing (or playing better) TODAY.

Check out our program here.

The six keys to learning to play

 

Chords
Fills
Roman Numeral System
Chord Progressions
Scales
Songs

 

You need ALL SIX of these keys to be a well-rounded musician.

 

– If you have a great chord game but can’t do fills you will sound hollow.

 

– If you know lots of fills but can’t play chords, you will sound lopsided…and a little silly!

 

– If you know chords but don’t know the Roman Numeral System you won’t be able to play in different keys, play by ear, or understand music.

 

– If you know the Roman Numeral System but don’t know chord progressions, you won’t know where to play what.

 

– If you know ALL FIVE of the other keys, but don’t know Scales (Not just major scales either – I’m talking Pentatonics, Jazz Blues, Jazz Modes, Half Step/Whole Step, Whole Tone, Minor Scales, Altered Scales), you won’t be able to play and do licks over different chord changes in songs.

 

– If you know how to play Songs but do not know Fills or Scales, your playing might sound a little dull.

 

That’s why we do not teach you ONE of these keys without teaching you the others.  They all work together!  It’s like working out!  If you only exercise your upper body, your upper body will be big and strong but your legs will look skinny like they are on the wrong body!

 

The Apostolic Praise program teaches you ALL SIX keys in a systematic, organized, easy-to-understand way with each lesson building upon previous lessons in each course.

 

And in every lesson we will teach and reinforce the concepts we teach you with real example Christian/gospel/church songs.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Frustration Is Part of Learning

There were many times when I was learning to play the piano where I would be trying to learn something new (it may have been a new chord, fill or run, chord progression, or song) and I could just not seem to get it perfect like I wanted it to be.

I would become frustrated and perhaps throw my book on the floor in disgust or get up from the piano and just walk away angrily.  However, frustration is part of learning.  The important part is never to give up.  The old timers said it like this “if you get bucked off the horse, go back and get back on the horse.”  Otherwise you became known as “horse-shy.”  Don’t be piano-shy!

Now that didn’t mean that you had to get back on the horse right then.  Perhaps you came back several hours later or the next day and tried again.  However, the important part is that you did not decide to just quit and become a loser.  You decided to try again and become a winner.  As the old saying goes “quitters never win and winners never quit.”

So, if you have hit a stumbling block in your playing or if you don’t even think you have the potential to learn, go back and try again.  It’s how many times you fall and get back up that matter. It does not matter how many times you fall.  No one has an easy road to learning, and we all had to spend a lot of time and practice and hard work to get to where we are today.  (I remember a time in my life when I had a lot of free time where I literally spent 8+ hours practicing everyday.)

So don’t become disappointed or quit when you can’t get it perfect immediately, just go back and “get back on the horse” for another ride, and remember that frustration is part of learning.  Now go practice!

God bless,

Richard W. Smith

Apostolic Praise School of Music .com

The Fastest and Easiest Way to Learn Pentecostal Piano and Gospel Keyboard

 

WHICH APOSTOLIC PRAISE COURSE IS RIGHT FOR ME?

WHICH COURSE IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Below is a list of what each course teaches.  Ask yourself the question, do you know this concept?

AP 101: A Crash Course in Piano

The notes – sharp and flat

Major Scales of C, F, G

Major Chords in the keys of C, F, G

Minor Chords in the keys of C, F, G

Inversions of major and minor chords

Playing Bass in Left Hand with Matching Chord in Right Hand

Musical Roman Numeral System

How to Write Your Own Songs Using I, IV, V chord

How to Write Your Own Songs Using I, IV, V, vi chord

How to Write Your Own Songs Using ii, iii, vi chords

How to play “Anointing” using major and minor chords and the Roman Numeral System in C, F, G

How to play “Surround Me” O Lord using major and minor chords in C, F and G

Passing Chord Vamps for the I, IV, V in C, F, and G

How to Play Fast Pentecostal & Gospel Style Songs in C, F, G using Passing Chord Vamps

Fast Song Turnarounds in C, F, G

How to Play “Can’t Nobody” and “Jesus On the Mainline” in C, F, G using Passing Chord Vamps & Turnaround

Dominant 7ths on I, IV, V in the keys of C, F, G

Where and how to Substitute Dominant 7ths in Songs

Minor 7ths on ii, iii, vi in the keys of C, F, G

Where and how to Substitute Minor 7ths in Songs

Major 7ths on I and IV in the keys of C, F, G

Where and how to Substitute Major 7ths in Songs

Suspended 2 Chords on I, IV, V in the keys of C, F, G

Where and how to Substitute Suspended 2 Chords in Songs

How to play “Anointing” using dominant 7ths, minor 7ths, major 7ths and Suspended 2 Chords in the Keys of C, F, G

How to play “Surround Me O Lord” using dominant 7ths, minor 7ths, major 7ths and Suspended 2 Chords in the Keys of C, F, G

Passing Chord Vamps with 7ths

How to play fast Pentecostal and Gospel style songs using Passing Chord Vamps with 7ths

How to Play “Can’t Nobody” and “Jesus On the Mainline” in C, F, G using Passing Chord Vamps with 7ths & Turnaround

Different Fills and Runs are taught through the course also, some of which include the Broken Chord Fill

And Octave Chord Fill as well as different variations in playing them.

Chord Sheets are used in all lessons – not classical bars and staffs.

The Focus is one teaching to play by ear using chords and chord substitution theory.

* The above-mentioned concepts are an overview of the course – there are many other things taught in this 12 Lesson course which includes 3 Hours of Video Instruction Time, as well as PDF Lessons & Goals, Online Quizzes, and Practice Tracks.

AP 102: A Crash Course in Chords

Quick Review from AP 101: How to Play and Substitute Dominant 7ths, Minor 7ths, Major 7ths, Suspended 2 Chords

Introduction to Ninth Chords Including Dominant 9ths, Minor 9ths, Major 9ths

How to Play Augmented (+5) & Suspended 4 Chords in the keys of C, F, G

Inversions for Augmented (+5) & Suspended 4 Chords in the keys of C, F, G

Using Augmented (+5) & Suspended 4 Chords to play “Amazing Grace” and “This Is the Air I Breathe” in the keys of C, F, G

Where and How to Substitute Augmented (+5) & Suspended 4 Chords in the keys of C, F, G Using Chord Substitution Theory

The Major Pentatonic Scale on the I, IV, V chords in the keys of C, F, G and using this scale to play fills and runs.

How to Play Diminished, Sixth and Minor Sixth Chords in the keys of C, F, G

Inversions for Diminished, Sixth and Minor Sixth Chords in the keys of C, F, G

Where and How to Substitute Diminished, Sixth and Minor Sixth Chords in the keys of C, F, G Using Chord Substitution Theory

Using Diminished, Sixth and Minor Sixth Chords to play “If You Can Use Anything Lord,” “There Is No Telling,” and “Everybody Will Be Happy Over There” in the keys of C, F, G.

How to play Bouncing Bass with Sixth Chords in the keys of C, F, G.

Using Bouncing Bass to play “Everybody Will Be Happy Over There” in the keys of C, F, G

Ear Training Part 1 for Going from I to IV and I to V.

Ear Training Part 2 for Going from I to I/iii to IV and I to vi to V.

Ear Training Part 3 for Going from I to ii to I/iii to IV and I to V/vii to vi to V.

Additional Fills and Runs for Playing play “If You Can Use Anything Lord,” “There Is No Telling,” and “Everybody Will Be Happy Over There”

How to Play Augmented 7ths & Half Diminished 7ths in the keys of C, F, G

Inversions for Augmented 7ths & Half Diminished 7ths in the keys of C, F, G

Where and How to Substitute Augmented 7ths & Half Diminished 7ths in the keys of C, F, G Using Chord Substitution Theory

Using Augmented 7ths & Half Diminished 7ths to play “Glory to Your Name (Byron Cage),” “If You Can Use Anything Lord,” and “Amazing Grace” in the keys of C, F, G.

Additional Fills and Runs for Using Augmented 7ths & Half Diminished 7ths to play “Glory to Your Name (Byron Cage),” “If You Can Use Anything Lord,” and “Amazing Grace” in the keys of C, F, G.

Fast Song Passing Chords with 7ths in C & G (including “Can’t Nobody” and “Jesus on the Mainline) with extra fills and runs

Fast Song Passing Chords with 7ths in F (including “Can’t Nobody” and “Jesus on the Mainline) with extra fills and runs

How and Where to Play Minor Passing Chord Vamps

How to Play “Can’t Stop Praising His Name” and “Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand” using Minor Passing Chord Vamps

Additional Fills & Runs for “Can’t Stop Praising His Name” and “Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand”

Chord Sheets are used in all lessons – not classical bars and staffs.

The Focus is one teaching to play by ear using chords and chord substitution theory.

* The above-mentioned concepts are an overview of the course – there are many other things taught in this 12 Lesson course which includes 3 Hours of Video Instruction Time, as well as PDF Lessons & Goals, Online Quizzes, and Practice Tracks.

AP 103: Advanced Piano Chords

Quick Review from AP 101 & 102: How to Play and Substitute Dominant 7ths, Minor 7ths, Major 7ths, Suspended 2, Minor 2, Augmented 7th, Half-Diminished 7th Chords & Introduction to How to Play & Substitute Dominant 9ths, Minor 9ths, and Major 9th Chords.

How to Play Dominant 9th, Minor 9th, Major 9ths in the keys of C, F, G

Using Chord Substitution Theory to Substitute Dominant 9th, Minor 9th, Major 9th Chords into your playing

Inversions for Dominant 9th, Minor 9th, Major 9th Chords in the keys of C, F, G

How to Use Dominant 9th, Minor 9th, Major 9ths  to Play “There Is No Telling” & “In the Presence of Jehovah” in C, How to Substitute them into “Surround Me O Lord” in the keys of C, F, G

Additional Fills and Runs are taught in these lessons for the Dominant 9th, Minor 9th, Major 9th chords also

How to Play Fully Diminished 7th Chords in every key – focusing on using them in the keys of C, F, G on the #ii #IV and #V chords.

Using Chord Substitution Theory to Substitute Fully Diminished 7th Chords into your playing

Inversions for Fully Diminished 7th Chords in every key

How to Use Fully Diminished 7th Chords to Play “Worthy You Are Worthy,” “There Is No Telling” and “Amazing Grace” in the keys of C, F, G

Additional Fills and Runs are taught in these lessons for the Fully Diminished 7th Chords Also

How to play a left hand walking bass line for fast songs in the keys of C, F, G

Using a Walking Bass Line to Play “Can’t Nobody” in the keys of C, F & G.

Additional Fills and Runs are taught here also.

How to Augmented 7ths with #9 and dominant 7ths with b9 in the keys of C, F, G

Using Chord Substitution Theory to Substitute Augmented 7ths with #9 and dominant 7th  chords into your playing

Inversions Augmented 7ths with #9 and dominant 7ths in the keys of C, F, G

How to Use Augmented 7ths with #9 and dominant 7ths to Play “You Are the Love of My Life,” “Silver and Gold,” and “There Is No Telling” in the keys of C, F, G

Additional Fills and Runs are taught in these lessons for augmented 7#9 and 7b9 chords.

Chord Sheets are used in all lessons – not classical bars and staffs.

The Focus is one teaching to play by ear using chords and chord substitution theory.

* The above-mentioned concepts are an overview of the course – there are many other things taught in this 12 Lesson course which includes 3 Hours of Video Instruction Time, as well as PDF Lessons & Goals, Online Quizzes, and Practice Tracks.

SELECT A COURSE HERE, START LEARNING TODAY:

https://apostolicpsom.com/all-lessons/

Jazz Chords, Voicings & Improvisation for Pentecostal & Gospel Musicians

We get a lot of requests for how to play fills and runs and courses that teach this sort of thing.  Our new series is going to completely fulfill this need.  Meet the Apostolic Praise 400 Series.

AP 401CROPPED

AP 401 covers Jazz Chords.  We are going to give a complete understanding of all standard chords from majors and minors all the way up to diminished and altered chords.

AP 402 CROPPED

AP 402 covers Left Hand Voicing and Both Hand Voicings.  This is the probably one of THE most important things for a Pentecostal and Gospel musician to learn.  What gives you that “sound” is not just playing a fancy chord but how you voice that fancy chord.

AP403 CROPPED

AP 403 covers Jazz Improvisation for Pentecostal and Gospel Musicians.  Improvisation is much more than just knowing a few pentatonic scales to play around with over your chords.  In this course, you will learn the secrets of improvisation.  The many different scales and modes will also be emphasized as well as where and how to use them.  You won’t believe how easy they are!

 

More info here:

https://apostolicpsom.com/all-lessons/

650-877-2473

 

What To Do When You Come to a 7th or 9th Chord

Many students know their major and minor chords but have not wuite conquered 7th chords. Likewise, many students know how to make a 7th chord but have not quite conquered the 9th chords.

Here is the secret. If you don’t know 7ths yet, when you come to a 7th, just drop the 7 and play a major or minor chord. Or if you know 7ths but not 9ths yet, when you come to a 9th chord, just play a 7th instead.

Now, while this will sound good, remember that playing the “higher number” chord will always sound better. (In other words, 9th sounds better than 7th because it had a fuller sound and 7th sounds better than plain major or minor chord, etc).

(When I say 7th chord, I mean all types of 7th chords – major 7th, minor 7th, dominant, augmented, diminished, etc. Same for 9ths.)

In other words, if you come to a C7 and don’t know 7ths yet, just play C major. Or if you come to Am7, just play Am. It won’t sound as good, but it will work fine.

Likewise if you don’t know 9ths but know 7ths and come to a Cmaj9, just replace it with a Cmaj7. Or replace Dm9 with Dm7.

Now, that being said, if you don’t know 7ths or 9ths and you come to 9th such as C9, just play the major or minor chord equivalent.

So for C9, play C major. For Cm9, play Cm, for Cmaj9, play C major etc.

Hope this helps a lot of you folks out there.

– Richard W. Smith
Apostolic Praise School of Music
www.Apostolicpsom.com

How Apostolic Praise Lessons Work

THE PROCESS

FIRT CHOOSE YOUR OPTION

1) ONLINE
2) DVD / USB Curriculum Set

ONLINE OPTION
When you register and pay, you are sent a link with all 12 lessons for your course, as well as a login and password (good for 6 months) to access your Student Homeroom online.

Each course includes: 12 Study Info, 12 Live Video Lessons, 12 Goals and Online Quizzes, and an audio track for each song we learn with a full church band playing (includes drums, bass, piano and more) to give you the real in-church feel.

Your instructor grades each of your quizzes and if you miss anything, explains why. You will also receive a lesson each Monday morning in your email as a reminder!

DVD / USB Curriculm Set OPTION
This is a hard copy of the course for those with limited Internet access or who just want to have their video lessons forever! (With the ONLINE OPTION, your login expires after 6 months) You can choose between a DVD Set or USB Thumbdrive Set.

DVD Curriculum Set
Our Course by DVD includes 2 DVDs with all 12 Live Video Lessons, a Study Info Workbook, a Goals and Homework Quizzes Workbork and an audio CD with each song we learn with a full church band playing (includes drums, bass, piano and more) to give you the real in-church feel.

It also includes a link to the 12 Online Quizzes so you can do those online if you choose. Your instructor then grades each of your quizzes and if you miss anything, explains why.

USB Thumbdrive
This is the same as the DVD option, except that you receive all 12 Live Video Lessons on a USB Thumbdrive so you can download them on to your laptop, tablet, etc.

HOW TO DO THE LESSONS

So if you are taking a course, we recommend the following order:
1) Read the Study Info
2) Watch the Live Video (there are
extra goodies in these too)
3) Practice your Goals
4) Practice your new songs with the Audio Tracks
5) Do your Homework Quiz

THE STYLE OF THE LESSONS
Apostolic Praise makes learning music easy to understand and fun because instead of just teaching you a song or two, we teach you how music works so you can understand what you are playing! We don’t use a lot of BORING chord theory either! Instead it is all HANDS-ON learning.

Each lesson you are taught something new, whether it is a chord and how to use it or new scales and where to use them or new fills and runs. Then we teach you 1-3 songs where you can put into practice what you just learned!

The songs we use in the curriculum are common, well-known choruses and songs such as “Here I Am to Worship,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Blessed Be Your Name.” However even if you come across a song or two you don’t recognize, you are still sure to benefit, especially since we have Audio Tracks to give you the feel and sound of each song!

So, ready to register for online courses or just want more info about each courses lessons? (Pricing is just $75 total per course or $25 per month for 3 months) Just click here:
https://apostolicpsom.com/all-lessons/

Or perhaps you want a DVD or USB Curriculum Set? Just click here:
http://www.apostolicpraiseschoolofmusic.com/bookstore.html

God Bless!
Bro. Richard W Smith
www.ApostolicPraiseSchoolofMusic.com
650-877-2473
[email protected]

Is Your Pentecostal/Gospel Piano Teacher Really Teaching You?

It is amazing how many students I talk to that come us for help who have taken gospel keyboard lessons for years and still do not know how to play.

They have memorized dozens of different chords, but they have no idea how to use them.  In addition, it takes so long for them think of how to make these chords that the chords are really more of a hindrance than a help!

So, are you going to be one of those who takes lessons for years but never learns how to play?

Apostolic Praise has the most systematic way to learn how to play Pentecostal and Gospel music.

Why?  Because we focus on PLAYING…not just memorizing tons of information that you will never use.

We don’t just give you a fish, we teach you how to fish.  We don’t just give you a chord or a song, we teach you the language of music and how to speak it fluently.

With Apostolic Praise, you will be playing with CHORDS by the first lesson!

Sign up today and begin your journey of learning.

One of my first students had taken lessons for years and played for years and she still could not play in church.  After a few courses with Apostolic Praise, SHE NOW PLAYS REGULARLY FOR HER CHURCH.

This is just one testimonial.  There are many such.  Come make your testimonial today!

http://apostolicpraiseschoolofmusic.com/register_now2.html

Or if you feel like you need an in-person teacher to learn, go to our bookstore and purchase some Apostolic Praise curriculum and make your teacher use that to teach you!

https://apostolicpsom.com/products/

You will be playing in NO TIME!

God bless,

Richard W. Smith

Apostolic Praise School of Music

650-877-2473

[email protected]

Taking a Stroll Down Memory Lane

Was reminiscing tonight about how I got involved playing gospel music in church.

As a young man interested in learning how to play music in church, I had a very long and arduous journey.  I started out by taking classical music lessons and soon discovered that I would never learn how to play gospel keyboard that way.  My mom taught me some major and minor chords, and I could play several church songs.  However, I always had to have chord sheet / sheet music, and I had to play it EXACTLY THE SAME WAY every time.  How boring!  I wanted to improvise!  You know, get a little funky with it!

CULTURE SHOCK!

At the age of 16, my family temporarily moved to Tampa, FL where we attended a large (about 500+) black Pentecostal church where black gospel music (and a good bit of Jamaican!) was the standard.  I played bass guitar for the church…and I was the only white guy on the platform.  During this time, I took several “piano by ear” lessons from their incredible organist / bass player / keyboardist / drummer / singer (okay…no, he was a horrible singer – lol).  During this time, I also studied a variety of other popular piano & bass music books, including such styles as  Jazz, Pentecostal music, Black Gospel, Funk, Caribbean, Reggae, and more.  However, I soon came to realize was that much of the stuff I was learning from some of these “popular piano books” was not useful or applicable to church.  In fact, I have not used a lot of it…still to this day!

That Midnight Train to Georgia

We ended up moving back to Georgia, and the Lord opened the door for me to began playing piano regularly for a small home missions church where there were no other musicians (besides an occasional drummer).  Everything depended on me and if I messed up, everybody knew it! However, it was an excellent training ground without the normal pressures of learning how to play in a bigger church.

ONE DAY I WAS THINKING…

My journey from the time I began learning to play until the time I was actually able to play proficiently in church was very long!  In fact, it took ten years of lessons and learning before I ever played in church.  I began to think…what if I could shorten the journey for others?!!

THE BIRTH OF APOSTOLIC PRAISE

That is when I started my online website:  Apostolic Praise School of Music.  My mission was (and is) to shorten this path for other aspiring church and gospel musicians.  I personally wish I could have had access to a resource like Apostolic Praise School of Music in the beginning stages of my music ministry.  The goal of APSOM is to teach students how to play church and gospel keyboard as quickly and skillfully as possible!

Since 2008 when we started this ministry, we have helped HUNDREDS of aspiring Apostolic, Pentecostal, and gospel musicians with their ministry.

This is the point where I plug in my shameless advertisement  🙂

To get started on your journey of learning how to play, go to my website below:

ApostolicPraiseSchoolofMusic.com

REGISTER NOW

God bless,

Bro. Richard W. Smith