Topic: Why does this sound so good?
Lines one and two of "Precious Lord" catapulted honky tonk piano player Thomas E. Dorsey into the annals of gospel music history. I am not a neophyte, but not school trained, either. My questions are (1) What has he done, here? (2) Why does it sound so good, even when I play it? and (3) How can I apply the principles of the lessons learned in these two line to find or create new applications of the principles.
Is this in the area of walking blues? Contemporary gospel instruction is not providing me the answer I am looking for. We are not talking "handfuls of notes," here, but rather, a progression rooted in both dedicated church players and professional barrel house or bar room players, oddly enough, one that the very sound of is enough to captivate audience attention immediately, and keep it.
(3/4 time, three beats per chord symbol)
[Line one] (Precious) (C) Lord, take my (C7) hand, lead me (F) on, let me (F) stand, I am
[Line two] (C) tired, I am (Am) weak, I am (Dm) worn ---- (G7) -----through the
Any help appreciated.