Black Gospel is a music genre unto its own having been distilled from music by Africans while still in Africa through the slave plantations of the Old South to the Christian songs we sing and play today called “Black Gospel”. From its beginning in Africa, this music has always been religious, not secular in nature. Africans did not sing about drinking and gambling and other tribes, their music was always concerned with some sort of ritual or worship.
In the early years of slavery when blacks could not own musical instruments, the “field holler” style of music was born with a leader singing a line which was then answered by the rest of the workers. A great example of that style of music is the old Ray Charles tune “Tell Me What’d I Say”.
Rhythm is key when playing Black Gospel Guitar. In a four beat song, the emphasis is generally on the two and four beats in gospel music and in Southern Gospel music. So, in addition to knowing where to put the fingers on the neck of the guitar to create a specific chord (usually done with the left hand), it is also critical to know how to either strum or finger pick with the right hand to create the Black Gospel sound.
Of course this can be done in a formal setting with a teacher and students all together in one room. However, a more efficient and effective way to learn Gospel Guitar is by DVD. Consider this, once a lesson with a teacher in a classroom is over, it’s over until the next lesson. With a DVD lesson, the instructions can be played over and over until they are ingrained into the mind and fingers.
Also, the matter of time is important too. With a DVD, class time is anytime. There’s no going across town at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday to meet an instructor. The instructor is always there on the DVD. In addition to the convenience of a praise guitar DVD lesson, consider the cost savings. There’s no falling behind and having to catch up with the rest of the class. There’s no embarrassment in front of fellow students.
Lessons can be repeated in the comfort of one’s home as often as necessary with no additional charges. The quickest, easiest, and most cost-effective way to learn to play gospel guitar is with Black Gospel Guitar DVD Lessons.