Hear and Play with (and See!) Keyboard Virtuoso Jermaine Griggs

Aspiring musicians the world over know Jermaine Griggs as the whiz kid who helps them play like a pro – without having to read music.

So it’s no wonder that his BlogTalkRadio show, Hear and Play Time, became a sensation soon after launching last year.

The first note of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” is not the song’s key,” Jermaine points out.

"The first note of 'Mary Had a Little Lamb' is not the song’s tonic,” Jermaine points out.

Now fans can watch Jermaine in action, too.

“I just put a new ‘piano by ear’ video on YouTube,” the 25-year-old – who’s also a minister at the 2nd Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church in Long Beach, Calif, and author of The Secrets to Playing Piano by Ear – tells us.

“You’ll like it because it shows you an easy way to pick out the key of any song.”

Indeed it did.

We also enjoyed how Jermaine uses not only gospel classics in his lesson, but hits from other genres, like Elton John’s Can You Feel the Love Tonight and Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror.

To check out Jermaine’s new video, click here.

To check out Jermaine’s BTR show, Hear and Play Time, click here.

One thought on “Hear and Play with (and See!) Keyboard Virtuoso Jermaine Griggs

  1. Bishop James L. Martin, Sr.

    having been a church organist for more than thirty years throughout the Metropolitan Area of D.C., Md. and Va. it has come to my attention that this generation of Musicians is more interested in performance rather than teaching. unfortunately, what the church needs today from the Musician, is not showmanship, jazz performance, but the ability to teach choirs to sing. call me “Old Fashion, throwback, out of touch, I’ll take it. but where is the musician’s ability to teach music in the church? also, as I write these comments, I am listening to Jermaine’s video 202, where his vocalist or wife is singing one song “I love you Lord today.” chord progreesions nice, but she is singing the song in the soprano range, which is good. However, she sings another song, “as the deer panteth for the waters,” in the alto range. How can a chior director incorporate this into his/her ability to teach a chior this song, unless it is for listening pleasure or performance only? and, having taught music in the past, why are the songs demonstrated or played, taught in five flats or the key of
    Dflat, opposed to C the pure, no sharps, no flats, key, for clarification, or is this a trait of the musician that plays strictly by ear?


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