Music Theory for Worship: How to Read a Lead Sheet (Building Chords)

Ryan Egan —  November 8, 2010 — 1 Comment

Previously we learned how to look at the key signature, rhythm, and structure of a lead sheet.  This time we’ll take some time learning how to build chords and understand chord names within a lead sheet.  Take a look at the video to learn how (email readers, you’ll need to visit I am an Offering to view the video).

I’m beginning to build a page full of helpful sheet music that you can feel free to download and use.  The common chords and inversions sheet music can be found there.

What are some common struggles you have faced when learning to read and play from a lead sheet?

The lead sheet I used in this video is Jesus, Thank You from Sovereign Grace music and can be downloaded for free here.

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Ryan is a follower of Christ, husband, father, worship leader, & creative. He is heavily involved in the Association of Free Lutheran Churches and desires to teach others to live a life of worship in everything they do.