Nobody Greater Piano 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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This Nobody Greater piano tutorial breaks down the piano chords and bass lines of this very popular inspirational song by VaShawn Mitchell.

When the pastor at my church calls weekly to have me learn a new song for praise and worship on sunday I usually already know it or in most cases it is a simple repetitive chord sequence as in "How Great is our God" or many of the other easy to sing and play songs.

When he called to have me learn Nobody Greater I said sure no problem and hung up the phone to take a listen to the recording of the song live which you can hear in the video below.

While I could hear the changes in the verses fairly easily, the bridge was another story. As I play both the chords and the bass parts on a split keyboard I knew my work was cut out for me and I also knew that I would want to share the chords in an understandable way with my students and readers.

Below you will find a breakdown, discussion, and video for Nobody Greater  which I hope will help you through this really cool song.

First the intro:

Not all that easy to hear even for me. The intro uses 4 (quartal) chords all played over a Gb syncopated bass line.

In music, quartal harmony builds chords with a preference for the intervals of the perfect fourth. For more information on intervals check out the lesson on music intervals.

Having given you that definition there are a few ways you could name the chords in the intro but for the sake of this tutorial I am going to give you the notes.

While the left hand pedals the Gb bass note the first 4 chords are simplified three note chords built in fourths [(Eb-Ab-Db) (C-F-Bb)] [(Db-F-B)- (F-Bb-Eb)] resolving to Gbmajor.

Hint: It is much easier to remember the first note of each quartal chord and think "4ths" rather than remember each note of each chord.

The verses are perhaps the easiest part of  Nobody Greater with the chords Emaj, Bmaj and (Db/Gb ,Gb) with a slight variation in the first verse explained on the video below.

The Chorus (searched all over....) uses the chords Db, B, Db, B, Emaj, Bmaj Gb.

The part that gave me the biggest challenge was the bridge (nobody can heal...).

The changes in this part are / Db / Gb / Db / Ebm7 / (Em7/A ,Fm7/Bb) / (Em6/Eb, Bmaj7/Ab) / E/Ab / Caug/ D, Bb/C / Bb, Ab, Gb / Ebm7, C/D. /

After the bridge the chorus is repeated as needed in the new key one step higher in Ab. (Eb, Db, Eb, Db, Gb, Db, Ab)

To make it a bit easier to visualize I am using slash chords rather that trying to name the chord based on the bass notes. See the video for clarification and simple fingering.

That about covers the chords for Nobody Greater  If you have any question about this song or suggestions for a song you would like to see broken down make sure to contact me.

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