The diatonic triads in major and minor keys were already discussed in my Chord Progressions lesson. That discussion was based off of a classical musical perspective.
The best way to acquaint yourself with common chord progressions is to listen to the progressions used in the music on your playlists. Listen first to the bass line and use it to determine the roots of the chords. Then listen for the upper tones to establish the quality of the chords. In addition, experiment on either a guitar or piano forming various chord progressions. Listen to the character of each progression and the relationships between the different chords. Expand your knowledge by developing strategies for connecting progressions. These strategies can be used to determine the chord changes of any gospel song that you are trying to learn to play. Most of these songs will contain seventh chords, upper extensions, substitutions and other advanced techniques. We will cover all of these techniques in future videos. However, any song can be boiled down to a simplified form using only triads (as demonstrated by the example song in the video). This is the 1st step for entering the beginning stages of gospel piano playing.
This Learning Music With Ray video discusses the diatonic triads use in gospel piano playing. It is a study in the typical harmonic patterns used when traveling from one chord to the next in gospel music. I provide a detailed illustration of the diatonic triads, found in both major and minor keys, from both a classical and gospel perspective. I discuss the large scale harmonic motion that is found in most pieces of music. Finally, I provide an example of an original gospel song written out in a simplified form containing only triads. I give a chord by chord analysis of the song and demonstrate how the diatonic triads discussed earlier in the lesson can be applied to the performance of the song.