Keyboard Tutorial: Intro to Underscoring

A big thanks to Chris, staff at Gracepoint Berkeley and SFSU Koinonia for putting together this tutorial. For those of you who don’t know, underscoring is what the keyboardist can do while someone is talking to really create the right mood and atmosphere.

    • susan
    • September 2nd, 2011

    thank you for posting this!
    i really need to learn this before the semester starts (next week!)
    thankful for all the resources we get from Gracepoint Berkeley as we enter our second year in Minneapolis!

    • Chris
    • September 14th, 2011

    Wow, I’m glad this can help! Thanks to Paul who taught me this!! =D

    • Joseva
    • July 21st, 2012

    thats beautiful buddy, can post some intros and ending of songs, God bless you cheers
    Joseva New Zealand

    • Dennis
    • August 17th, 2012

    Hey Chris, thanks for providing this…grateful that God has gifted you and others with the gift of music…and with all those hours and days and years of practice….grateful I’m not a musician – Gracepoint Berkeley non-musician 🙂

    • del
    • August 17th, 2012

    good stuff!

    • Allen
    • August 20th, 2012

    This is really helpful!

    • Joel
    • August 20th, 2012

    Thanks Chris!

    • Joan
    • October 31st, 2012

    The biggest problem I have with underscoring is that I feel like the sound or intro is too loud over their voice once I start, and I can’t adjust it without disrupting the tempo or mood on a keyboard. Especially when I began the intro for the song for singing, but then they start talking. It’s sad, because I’ve been in the crowd so many times when you cannot hear what the worship leader is saying for the music. I’d not like the sound people have a “main” to turn us down so they can hear him speak. Having a vocal cue as to when speaking parts are planned really helps tie it all together. I’d like to learn to adapt this technique to help start a song and them transition to the song we are doing. We generally go right into a another song. This is really beautiful and I hope you do more of them, I don’t have much of a head for creating these on my own.

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