Gospel Music Performance Practice and Technique Volume 1 is the leading and most comprehensive book on the subject. It offers step by step instructions; from traditional to contemporary styles, and is a great teaching aid for the private instructor and the college professor. This book, along with Gospel Music Performance Practice and Technique Volume 2, is now being used in colleges, universities, and high schools and by educators worldwide as the primary required text book pertaining to the stylistic practices and techniques of Gospel Music.
"TRULY A TREASURE!
To all who have wished for and searched for a good book on how to play Gospel Music. This is it!! This book is better than good. It is excellent. The author clearly knows his subject well..."
Linden, NJ United States
A long overdue book that delves down into the the theory behind playing Gospel Music. It is well written, and substantive. Robert L. Jefferson has elevated the instruction of gospel to a totally new level. With players of the authentic music willing or able to teach being so rare, it is a true treat to study with an individual who is so clearly able to articulate it. After a brief history of the music, Dr. Jefferson tackles a wide array of topics from basic chord theory and gospel cadence, to everything from passing chords, secondary dominants, contemporary gospel licks and fills, and more. Examples are enlightening and abundant...Purchasing this book will definitely take you to a whole new level regardless of where you are now! When it comes to music instruction books, this book ranks TOP on my list."
"Jazz Organist" (Tokyo, Japan)
Robert L. Jefferson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona, a Master of Music degree from the University of Houston, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Maryland. He began playing the piano for the church at the age of nine. Dr. Jefferson was able to refine his gospel style by serving as pianist for the Mount Calvary Baptist Church, the Salt River Valley District Association Congress and the Arizona National Baptist Convention. He also promoted the gospel style of piano playing through his private piano students. After leaving Phoenix, he served as organist for the Christian Fellowship of Musicians and Entertainers and taught class piano at the University of Houston. Jefferson has had extensive performing experience as pianist for a variety of gospel artists throughout the United States and Asia. While in Japan, he was musical director of the Yokota Inspirational Gospel Choir in Tokyo and also educator for numerous Japanese gospel choirs and musicians throughout Japan. He is experienced as a soloist, songwriter, recording artist and jazz pianist and continues to perform and conduct workshops and clinics for educational and religious organizations worldwide. It is Dr. Jefferson's desire that his books will aid in elevating the spread of gospel music education throughout the world. Go to www.jeffersonpresents.com for more information.