Piano Songs "I offer My life"
by Don Moen

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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Piano Songs "I offer My life" by Don Moen

Using this popular Worship Song by Don Moen we will be solidifying what we have learned about common chord progressions, voice leading, ear training, and modulation to a different key also called transposing.

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Piano Songs "I offer My life" by Don Moen

My goal with this lesson is to re-enforce and demonstrate some piano theory concepts as well as your ear using this very popular worship song.

If you are a keyboard player in a worship band at church or just interested in playing worship song as a solo pianist you will find this lesson and the videos helpful.

Ear Training

The first thing you will need to do to get the most from this lesson is to listen to a version of I offer my life so that you can pick out the melody at least.

As this site is geared toward traing your ear as an important part of your musicianship taking the time to pick out the melody and the basic key of the song will help you to develop this critical skill.

(HINT) Listen closely to the root or bass motion most often payed by the Bass Guitar. It will help you with finding the chords being used.

There are many versions of the song on the web such as the one below.

The Chords

In this song the chorus is played in two different keys, F major and G major. It may be helpful to you to review the lesson on Diatonic Chords which is very useful and important information to digest.

The song uses the I , IIm, IIIm, IV and V chords in both those keys with a modulation in the release (or bridge) to the key of Ab.

Note: I have heard many live versions that leave out the bridge which I did not include in the chord chart below. It is mentioned in the video.

To keep it simple in the arrangement below we will be dealing with the verse and repeating chorus of the song.

In live performance in a worship setting many times the worship leader will signal a particular verse or chorus to play again depending on his leading.

Knowing the progression for the verse or chorus will help you to make those on the fly transitions.

This song uses all diatonic chords in the key of F major and G major. Diatonic chords are those chords directly related to a particular key with the I, IV and V chords being major, the II, III, and VI chords being minor and the VII chord being diminished.

The Chorus is a variation on the I, vi, ii V progression which is very common in lots of music.

You may want to review the lesson on piano chord progressions for more insight on this widely used progression and some great exercises that will help you transition from chord to chord.

New Concept Modulation

A modulation happens when the song changes from one Key to another. In the example on the chord chart the song modulates after the first chorus from the Key of F major to the Key of G major.

In the video version there is  modulation to the key Eb after the first chorus before going to the key of G major for the last choruses.

Modulations are used to add variety, interest and to add emotional impact to a song.

Many piano students spend too much TIME learning how to play
the piano and not enough time PLAYING THE PIANO!

Years upon years of studying various techniques, music theory,
and 'level' after 'level. It makes piano teachers a lot of
money but learning music doesn't have to be that way.

If you want to start playing ALL of your favorite hymns and
congregational songs by ear right away, I've definitely found
something that's going to help you do just that.

Jermaine Griggs,the pioneer of the award-winning Gospel Keys
learning system, has come up with 3 simple steps to playing
gospel music so you won't waste any time at all.

In fact, it'll virtually cut your learning time in half! I
copied and pasted the most important parts below so you can get
a general idea.


Step One: Determining the Melody

Step Two: Harmonizing the Melody

Step Three: Adding the Bass

These three steps are not super complicated theories that
require several years of experience. In fact, they were designed
for the total beginner with absolutely no musical experience.

What most people don't understand is that most songs follow
patterns. If you've been mistakenly learning songs, one by one,
you're only exercising your ability to MEMORIZE chords --- and
that's exactly why it takes SO LONG to learn just one song.


If you concentrate on LEARNING PATTERNS, you'll never go wrong
because songs are built on repeating patterns. You should NEVER
EVER have to memorize over 100 songs when they all share the

Click here for more information: Hear and play Gospel

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