Playing by ear (part 2) & Nashville Numbering explained

By Andy@Musicademy | July 21, 2010

Learning how to play by ear Previously we looked at how to work out all the chords available in the key of G.  I suggested you took a song and worked out which chords came where by listening to see which ones sounded major, which ones sounded minor and by the process of elimination work […]

Playing by ear (part 1)

By Andy@Musicademy | July 14, 2010

How to play by ear For many people, the thought of playing ‘by ear’ or being able to anticipate the chords, notes and musical charges in a song you’ve never heard before seems an impossible task. It’s often considered a ‘God given’ gift rather than a skill that can be learned and constantly improved on. […]

Developing a worship arrangement

By Andy@Musicademy | June 7, 2010

How to develop a worship arrangement for a praise band A friend of mine once remarked that there are three approaches to arranging a song – beforehand, during the song or wishing you had made an effort to arrange it after you have finished playing! The key thing to remember is that the chord chart […]

X-Factor worship? Honour thy mentor.

By Andy@Musicademy | September 21, 2009

I just found this clip on YouTube of something my original guitar tutor put together and thought you might like to see it – it gets pretty impressive from about 1 minute in… What’s really interesting is that when I started to take lessons with Paul about 20 years ago he had moved from being […]

50 tips to improve your worship team – new series

By Andy@Musicademy | July 16, 2009

We’ve been presenting some live seminars recently under the title “50 tips to improve your worship team”. Inevitably we end up with about 150 tips and run out of time in delivering them. So we thought it might be a good idea to publish them her for wider discussion pm the blog. So here is the […]