What will be covered in Gk202 is the whole concept of "coupling.
" A "couple," as described in the course, is basically a 2-part chord progression. It consists of one chord pulling very aggressively to another chord. You saw them above as you were reading about what the GospelKeysTM 202 will teach you. They look like this: 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-5, 1-6, 1-7, 2-5, 2-6, 3-6, 3-4, 4-5, 4-3, 4-6, 4-7, 5-1, 5-2, 5-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-3, etc. ... and these are some of the many examples of what I call "couples." Songs are built on progressions like these. Now most of you understand progressions like "2-51," "6-2-5-1," and "7-3-6-2-5-1" and I've even covered them throughout the year in past newsletters. Click here if you haven't read my newsletters from January 04 - September 05. "Couples" create these larger progressions. For example, a "2-5-1" is made up of two small couples: A "2-5" couple and a "5-1" couple. Another example would be a "6-2-5-1" progressions, which is very common in gospel praise songs and even in slower tunes. This larger progressions has three smaller couples within it: A "6-2", "2-5", and "5-1" couple. So by using smaller couples to create larger progressions, the process will not only seem less intimidating but your ear will catch on a lot faster. It's a lot easier to calculate 2x2 and 3x3, and then add up the resulting numbers, right? 2 x 2 is 4 ... and 3x3 is 9. Add them together and you get 13. Learning couples is the same way. You'll learn how to recognize "2-5" couples in songs ... "51" couples in songs ... and "6-2" couples in songs. Then, when necessary, you'll have to combine "2-5" couples with "5-1" couples to create famous "2-5-1" progressions. It's really a simple process and once you get it, you'll be able to play not only worship songs but all types of songs in different genres (jazz, r&b, blues, pop, etc.). Ok... if you're new, then you might wonder: "Where do these numbers come from?" Very simply, the numbers come from the major scale of whatever key you're playing in. So, yes, there are "2-5" couples for every key --- "5-1" couples for every key --- and many many more! Let's say you're in the key of Db major. First, you would have to know the Db major scale. Db major scale: Db Eb F Gb Ab Bb C Db But memorizing scales alone will not allow you to play by ear. You have to understand the grand scheme of things. The scales provide the numbers and that's what you need to understand with your eyes closed. Db = 1 Eb = 2 F =3 Gb = 4 Ab = 5 Bb = 6 C =7 Db = 8 (same as 1)
... Now here is where people go wrong: They learn the scales. They memorize them but they do not know them by numbers! When I say "to know a scale by numbers," that means that you must know what is the "6" of Db within three seconds ... or the "5" of Db ... or the "2" of Db. See... you don't want to know the "6" of Db by having to start at Db and say the major scale, one note at a time, because when you are doing it that way, you aren't learning the notes and numbers independently of each other. It's like not knowing what's after "J" in the alphabet without having to sing your "ABC's" from the beginning. You don't want to know what comes after "J" by having to sing the entire song from the beginning. That's what slows you down. Playing by ear is all about thinking on your feet and if you can't think on your feet (with the method I just shared above), then you'll struggle time and time again. YOU HAVE TO GET TO THE POINT WHERE YOU KNOW THE NUMBERS WITHOUT HAVING TO RECITE THE MAJOR SCALE. Ok... let's take a quick mental test: If you know your major scales forwards and backwards but can't answer these questions within 3 seconds, then you still have work to do! Question #1: What's the "2" of Ab major? ________ Question #2: What's the "7" of G major? ________ Question #3: What's the "5" of D major? ________ Question #4: What's the "3" of Eb major? _______ Question #5: What's the "1" of A major? ________ (you have to know this one within 3 sec!) Question #6: What's the "6" of Db major? _______ Question #7: What's the "2" of B major? _______ ANSWERS: (Bb, F#, A, G, A, Bb, C#) Once you've mastered your scales in this way, the concept of "couples" will appear very easy. For example, here's the keynotes of a "2-5" couple in multiple keys. C major: F major: Bb major: Eb major: Ab major: D to G G to C C to F F to Bb Bb to Eb
Moving On... Now that you know where the numbers come from, it should be easy to make sense of what the following couples are: A "1-2" couple means a chord based on the 1st tone of the scale leading to a chord based on the 2nd tone of the same scale. An example in the key of Db would be: Dbmaj9 to Eb9. The Dbmaj9 is a "1" chord because "Db" is the 1st tone of the scale and the Eb9 is a "2" chord because "Eb" is the 2nd tone of the scale. A "1-3" couple means a chord based on the 1st tone of the scale leading to a chord based on the 3rd tone of the same scale. An example in the key of Db would be: Dbmaj7 to F7 (b9). The Dbmaj7 is a "1" chord because "Db" is the 1st tone of the scale and the F7(b9) is a "3" chord because "F" is the 3rd tone of the scale. Other couples based on the "1" chord: 1-4, 1-5, 1-6, 1-7 A "2-5" couple means a chord based on the 2nd tone of the scale leading to a chord based on the 5th tone of the same scale. An example in the key of Db would be: Eb9 to Ab13. The Eb9 is a "2" chord because "Eb" is the 2nd tone of the scale and the Ab13 is a "5" chord because "Ab" is the 5th tone of the scale. Other couples based on the "2" chord: 2-3, 2-6, 2-7 ... And the list goes on and on: 3-4, 4-5, 4-3, 4-6, 4-7, 5-1, 5-2, 5-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-3, etc. Putting It All Together... Basically the first hour and a half of GospelKeysTM 202 is aimed at teaching you different chords for every tone of the major scale. So, in essence, you'll learn tons of: "1" chords "2" chords "3" chords "4" chords "5" chords "6" chords "7" chords For this online classroom lesson, I will give you a sneak-peak of the GospelKeysTM 202 *special edition* course by showing you some chords from each tone of the scale. Then after you've learned each chord, I will show you how to couple them together to create progressions, which will then create songs! It's that easy!
Key of Db Major: Scale: Db - Eb - F - Gb - Ab - Bb - C - Db #'s: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 An Example of a "1" chord: Db on left hand / Bb + Eb + Ab on right hand (many people don't know about this chord) An Example of a "2" chord: Eb on left hand / G + C + Db + F on right hand An Example of a "3" chord: F on left hand / A + Db + Eb + Ab on right hand An Example of a "4" chord: Gb on left hand / F + Bb + Db on right hand An Example of a "5" chord: Ab on left hand / Gb + Bb + Db + F on right hand An Example of a "6" chord: Bb on left hand / Ab + C + Db + F on right hand An Example of a "7" chord: C on left hand / Eb + G + Bb + D * Keep in mind that you will learn several chords for each tone of the scale (and their names and the theory behind why you play them). Because I have limited space in this e-mail newsletter, I have only included one chord per scale tone. The GospelKeysTM 202 video course will have several. The second hour and a half of the GospelKeysTM 202 video course covers ear-training, chordal prediction, and "coupling." Coupling is where you'd actually take chords from each tone of the scale and combine them together to make small chord progressions (called "couples"). Try doing this with the list above. ...Take the "1" chord and "3" chord and play them one after the other. Then take that same "3" chord above, add the "6" chord, and play them one after the other. In this example, you've just played a "1-3" couple followed by a "3-6" couple. Since the "3" chords are the same in both couples, if you were to play a "1-3" to a "3-6," you wouldn't have to repeat the "3" since you're already playing it. So in essence, when you combine the two smaller couples (which are easier to recognize in songs than huge progressions), you get a "1-3-6" progression. That same "1-3-6" progression is used to begin "Thank You Lord", "I Really Love the Lord," "Silver and Gold" by Kirk Franklin, "Like the Dew in the Morning," "Trouble Don't Last Always," and a host of other ones! I could literally go on and on and on...