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Every Praise by Hezekiah Walker is currently one of the most popular gospel songs around. It’s energetic and has that power to move people.
The tune itself is not all that complicated, but it’s Walker’s energy that really gives this song a very distinct vibe. If you’d like to learn how to play Every Praise on guitar, you’re in the right place. We will show you the Every Praise chords and how the progression for this specific song works.
Once you learn the song by heart, you will enjoy it even more. By all accounts, Every Praise is one of those songs you can play whole day long and not get tired of hearing it.
Without further ado, let’s dig into the chords.
The song is consisted of two verses and two different choruses. Even though the song isn’t too complicated, you will need a decent amount of chords. This is because the key of the song changes three times.
The structure of the song goes like this:
Verse 1, Verse 2 in key of Db followed by both verses again, only this time in key of D. This is where the first chorus comes in. So both verses once in key of Db, then both verses again in key of D, and then a chorus in key of D. Next comes both verses only in key of Eb, followed by the chorus in key of Eb.
All of this might sound confusing, but it’s actually pretty simple and straight forward. The chords you will need for first block of verses in the key of Db are as follows: Db, Bbm, Gb, Ab, Ab/Db, Db, Gb-Ab-Db.
The last three chords are used as a buildup to cross into the next verse. These three change right before you switch the key of the verses to D. Then you play G-A-D instead of Gb-Ab-Db.
The next block of verses uses the following chords: D, Bm, G, A, A/D, D, G-A-D. After that, we have the first chorus. The chords for the chorus are D, Bm, G, Em, A. To introduce the next key change, you will play Ab-Bb-Eb. Following this small progression, we have the third block of verses.These are in the key of Eb, and require the following chords: Eb, Cm, Ab, Bb, Bb/Eb, Eb, Ab-Bb-Eb. After the last block of verses comes the second and final chorus. The chords for this one are Eb, Cm, Ab, Fm, Bb.
As you can see, the chord progression is pretty steady, but the key change requires you to play a number of chords you might not be familiar with. The tempo of the song is not overly fast, so you can take your time and learn the chords properly.
This chord progression we showed you here represents the basic way to play this song on a guitar. Of course, you can add your licks and other details where you see fit. The nature of the song is pretty good for this. The key to playing this song is to know when the key change is coming and to accurately transition between the keys. Everything else pretty much falls together on its own.
The beauty of this song comes both from the message it carries, and from the energy of Hezekiah Walker. The chords and chord progression aren’t that complex. Gospel music is not about complexity, it’s about something much more important than that.
The way you play this song can define its vibe. If you are enthusiastic, your voice and energy will allow you to replicate what this song is all about. We definitely recommend you play it with this in mind. In all honesty, it’s the only real way to do this song justice.
Also, you can always experiment with different strumming patterns. Introducing some finger picking can definitely spice things up a bit, and render the otherwise energetic song in a completely different way. If done correctly, it can sound pretty amazing. However, that is completely up to you. We showed you the chords, the rest is in your hands. Experiment with the song, and use it as your canvas.