This comprehensive book and CD pack provides you with the tools you need to play in a variety of authentic gospel styles, through a study of rhythmic devices, grooves, melodic and harmonic techniques, and formal design. The accompanying CD features over 90 tracks, including piano examples as well as the full gospel band to help capture the true flavor of the style. Fantastic book! Great tool to get that authentic Gospel sound. Simple and easy to understand theory leads to tangible results and improvement at every level.
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At age ten, my parents bought a piano for me and I started taking lessons. By age fifteen, I was performing professionally and had a booking agent in Chicago. When I was seventeen, I started playing with musicians who in a few years would become my college professors. During college I became a founding member of Streetlife. I remained with Streetlife for thirteen years and toured Europe with them.
For over twenty years I was a pianist and conductor with the jazz vocal group Five By Design. We performed with symphony orchestras pops concerts and big bands throughout the U.
Currently I enjoy playing everything from Frank Sinatra to Bruno Mars with Platinum , a ten-piece cover band that has been voted the top wedding band in Wisconsin two years in a row by the readers of Wisconsin Bride magazine. One of my most rewarding musical experiences was accompanying the gospel choir and youth gospel choirs at Siloah Lutheran Church, located in inner-city Milwaukee. My ten years spent transcribing and playing gospel music taught me much about this genre.
This experience became the foundation for a collaboration with Hal Leonard, Inc. Performing with Aretha Franklin -
Kurt Cowling – Gospel Piano