Worship Piano: From Beginner to Pro
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Worship Piano: From Beginner to Pro

It's time to take your piano playing to the next level.
4.4 (20 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
178 students enrolled
Created by Jared Messer
Last updated 9/2017
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 22 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Identify all the notes on the piano.
  • Understand how to form scales and chords.
  • Play every chord in every major key.
  • Understand and utilize the Nashville Number System and how to apply it.
  • Learn my easy left hand and right hand system for playing any song.
  • Learn to play 2nd, add4, and 7th chords the way the pros do.
  • Play a song in any key you want.
  • Much, much more...
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  • Just a piano or keyboard
  • Time to practice the skills covered

If you've been looking for a piano course geared toward the worship musician then Worship Piano: From Beginner to Pro is for you! 

We'll begin with basics like identifying the notes on the piano, forming scales and creating chords. 

From there we will move all the way to professional concepts and techniques including leaning and utilizing the Nashville Number System.

Along the way we'll cover lots of insider secrets and piano tips I've learned from working with Nashville studio and touring musicians. We'll play through many popular worship songs including "This is Amazing Grace", "In Christ Alone", and "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)". 

You'll learn how to create that contemporary sound you hear from the pros. 

These are the tools you need to play with confidence and freedom.

In short, this is a transformative way to think about music and play like a professional. 

Worship Piano: From Beginner to Pro. It's time to take your playing to the next level.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who desires to play worship music on the piano.
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Curriculum For This Course
32 Lectures
Introduction & Welcome
2 Lectures 03:09

Introduction to Worship Piano: From Beginner to Pro. Together we will take your piano playing to the next level.

Preview 01:45

A quick welcome. Thank you!

Preview 01:24
Basic Inderstanding
8 Lectures 27:06

In this lecture we'll learn the layout of the keyboard and how to identify all the notes.

Preview 03:16

In this lecture we cover the building blocks for the major scale and how to create it in any key. 

Preview 04:45

In this lecture we will discuss how to form major and minor chords in any key.

Forming Chords

Here we will cover the most commonly used time signatures in contemporary worship piano.

Time Signatures

This lecture will teach all major, minor, and perfect intervals.


This lecture will teach you how to move your chords up and down the keyboard for more creativity and flexibility.


This lecture teaches what are arpeggios are and the basics of how to use them.


In this lecture we will show you how to play all the chords that are found in every major key.

All Chord in Every Major Key
Intermediate Skills
11 Lectures 01:24:34

In this intermediate lecture we begin to teach the Nashville Number System. This is a useful and flexible tool where we replace chords with numbers. 

Nashville Number System

This lecture covers the first of our "color chords": 2nd chords.

2nd Chords

This lecture covers the use of Suspended and Add4 chords.

Sus/Add4 Chords

Using 7th chords with both major and minor chords is crucial for a contemporary sound. This lecture teaches how and when to apply these chords.

Most Common 7th Chords

Less common but useful to know, this lecture discussed the use to 6th chords.

6th Chords

  1. Sometimes we encounter chords that are not at first present in a particular key. This lecture covers the most common ones and how to play them right.
Most Common Flat Chords

Less common but important to know, here we discuss how to form and play diminished and augmented chords.

Common Diminished/Augmented Chords

This lecture teaches and system I have developed to make teaches a very simple but incredibly versatile way to use your left hand. It is the part of creating a professional, contemporary sound in your playing.

Easy Left Hand System

Here we cover a system I created for playing almost any song using a simple system of notes. Not only is it very easy but it sounds amazing and will give your piano playing an instantly professional sound. 

Easy Right Hand System

This lecture walks through playing to a Number Chart and how it can be applied in a worship setting.

Number Chart (This Is Amazing Grace)

This lecture is another example of playing to a Number Chart.

Number Chart (Cornerstone)
Advanced Concepts
11 Lectures 01:04:23

In this lecture, I will give you the tools to be incredibly versatile at the piano. This is the basis of learning to play any song in any key with ease.

One Progression to Rule Them All

In this lecture we discuss passing chords and more color chords, and their practical use in a song.

Passing Chords/Color Chords (In Christ Alone)

Here we cover the importance and crucial practice of giving the melody the space it needs to stand out.

Melody is King (Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone))

Whether you are playing alone or in a full band, knowing the role and place the piano occupies is utterly important for creating a professional, contemporary sound.

Know Your Place

Subtle, simple, and spacious are all considerations to achieve a professional worship piano sound. These are among the topics covered in this lecture.

Less is More

This lecture covers the skill of playing while someone is speaking. Here we give some practice tools and simple guidelines to make this super easy and incredibly effective.

Playing Under Someone Speaking

Don't we all want to be able to play a song just by hearing it once? In this lecture, I show you the basics of this process and give several steps for you to begin to do this.

Ear Training Basics

Knowing where the songs is likely going is the beginning of easy memorization. This written lecture spells it out.

Sections of a Song

Utilizing the "Sections of a Song" lecture, here we take a practical look at how to memorize a song fast.

Secrets to Memorizing Music Fast

This lecture could be titled "Odds and Ends". We put together what we have been learning in an big picture view of how to play like a professional. 

Putting it All Together

A quick word of thanks. You are crucial to this course having a greater purpose. Thank you!

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About the Instructor
Jared Messer
4.4 Average rating
20 Reviews
178 Students
1 Course
Worship Leader, Teacher, Entrepreneur.


I have been a worship leader in many different churches around the country over the past 25 years. Among them was a church in Nashville, TN where I was blessed to work with some of the best musicians in the world. I've been playing piano for nearly 40 years and I've instructed students of all ages.

Through first hand experience I've discovered some industry secrets. Most of them simple things. But when you apply them correctly, they will transform your playing into a very professional sound almost instantly. I've never shared this information online until now and I am happy to pass it on to you.

In my first course, "Worship Piano: From Beginner to Pro", we start with basics and move all the way to the pro stuff.  

I've always kind of had a knack for explaining things. And for me, it doesn't get any better than passing on what I know and making a difference in someone else's life. I do hope you will give me the honor of working with you.