My Life is in Your Hands tutorial


4 Steps to Learning How to Play Any Song on the Piano

1. Determining the melody - Melodies determine what chords will be played. If you can use your ear to figure out what notes are being played in the melody, you are 1/4 on your way to learning a song! More resources on learning how to determine melodies

2.Harmonizing the melody - Once you have figured out the melody (using some of my techniques on the resource page), it is time to harmonize it. This is simply choosing various chords to accompany the melody. There are several techniques and tricks to doing this. More resources on learning how to harmonize melodies

3. Altering Chords - This is the best part! Now that you have strategically figured out the melody to a song and have harmonized it, altering your chords to produce certain sounds is the next step. If you were playing gospel music, you would alter your chords differently than if you were playing classical or country music. More resources on altering chords

4. Listening - After you have determined the melody, harmonized the melody, and altered some of your chords, there are various techniques you can use to make sure that your song sounds right. More resources on listening techniques

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My Life is in your Hands by Kirk Franklin is a beautiful and worshipful song that lifts hearts and spirits.

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You are most likely familiar with this song however when learning any song at the keyboard using your ears will help you develop your play by ear skills.

As you listen to the clip below try and be aware of the root, or bass line motion of the chords.

My life is in your hands tutorial

This is a simplified version of the chords in this song and the chart below is just to give you the basic harmonic framework of the song.

Although I listened to a Kirk Franklin version in Db maj. I choose to offer this tutorial in a simpler key (Fmaj) for beginners and a "singable" key for most congregations.

As you can see in the chorus part of the song there are a few slash chords. The letter name after the slash indicates the Bass note, or Chord inversion of the chord  to be played. 

"My Life Is In Your Hands"

You don't have to worry
And don't you be afraid
Joy comes in the morning
Troubles they don't last always
For there's a friend in Jesus
Who will wipe your tears away
And if your heart is broken
Just lift your hands and say

Oh
I know that I can make it
I know that I can stand
No matter what may come my way
My life is in your hands

With Jesus I can take it
With Him I know I can stand
No matter what may come my way
My life is in your hands

So when your tests and trials
They seem to get you down
And all your friends and loved ones
Are nowhere to be found
Remember there's a friend in Jesus
Who will wipe your tears away
And if you heart is broken
Just lift your hands and say

Oh
I know that I can make it
I know that I can stand
No matter what may come my way
My life is in your hands

With Jesus I can take it
With Him I know I can stand
No matter what may come my way
My life is in your hands

In the video below you will see the basic chord progression in simplified form. The repeating chorus at the end of the song modulates up one whole step to G major.

For additions help with transposition check out this lesson on Transposing Music.

A couple of other interesting things to note is that all the chords in this song are diatonic to the key of F maj. except for one, the A/C# is III maj instead of IIIm.

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