The title refers to “gospel guitar chords” but, to be clear, the chord movements you will learn from these 3 guitar fills emulate the playing of the organ or piano in the African American churches.
Once you have learnt these sweet harmonized melody lines, you will being to apply similar chord licks to all sorts of songs and make them more soulful.
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THE INFLUENCE OF GOSPEL MUSIC
There is no doubt that the roots of r&b and soul music are gospel and the blues.
The influence from the harmonies and chord progressions of the church organs and choirs was particularly prevalent in the sounds of Chicago Soul and Southern Soul (Memphis Soul and New Orleans Soul).
Memphis was the home of Stax Records, where the legendary Steve Cropper was the house rhythm guitarist. In the Stax Museum of American Soul Music they have rebuilt a Mississippi Delta church from the turn of the century, in recognition of its central role of its music in the development of the soul genres.
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