I Speak Jesus Chords | Guitar Tutorial | Charity Gayle

publication date: Jan 8, 2023


"I Speak Jesus"
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Download the free chord charts and learn how to play "I Speak Jesus" by Charity Gayle. This song is in the key of E and is is slow enough to be used as a beginner song for the E chord family. You can use your normal 4/4 strum pattern as well. In the lesson, you'll also learn some very unique gospel style chords.

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I Speak Jesus Guitar Lesson Transcript:

Today we're going to cover the guitar lesson on I speak Jesus by Charity Gale. And the coolest part about the song in my opinion is at the very end, they slip in some super unique super cool chords you almost never see in worship songs, it sounds like this.


So I'll cover those and show you how to play that little progression there at the end, and the bridge and of course, will cover the rest of the song. So stick around for that.


And let's take a look at the song and see what's happening, you can download the chart for free, just check out the link in the description. And by the way, while you're at guitarmann.com, you can see how to start a membership for $1.


You can test drive every lesson on the site every guitar course, for every level. So check that out. While you're there. Let's take a look at the song. And what's happening, you'll see this is in the key of E. So what we'll do and what I'll show you in this lesson is mainly the E chord family and how to use those chords to play along.


But there's some other options if you if you don't like the key of E. Or if you don't like the chord family of E and you want to try something else that's maybe a little easier. You can use a capo on the second fret, and then use the D chord family and transpose the song. So instead of E you can use D  chord family.


I’ll show you how to transpose easily from any key to any other key or chord family to another chord family on the site. So I'm not going to cover all of that now just know that's an option that might be a little easier or this is a unique option.


This is called a shortcut capo, I love this thing for the key of E, and I use it all the time. It basically sounds like an alternate tuning even though it's not. And it's playing an Esus chord,  so you can build your chords off of that. So your chords are really really easy, just one finger or two. So that's an option as well, a shortcut capo.


But what we're going to cover is how to actually play it using the E chord family. And if you're you haven't done a lot of songs using E this is good practice. So it's good for you to know, anyway. And it's not too too hard, especially with this song.


So the song is in four, four, which means our strum pattern will have a normal four four strum pattern, we'll cover that. And as far as beats per minute, it's not super fast. So this is another reason why it's a good song to practice your E chord family.


So now as far as the chords, let's jump in and talk about what you'll see most often. Of course, you have the E chord. Now with most chords and E chord family, a trick that I always tell people is to keep your ring finger on that string and just slide it to wherever you need to go, especially with this song, it's going to help a lot.


So if you have an E to a C sharp minor, for instance, just keep that ring finger there and slide it all the way up to your sixth fret and your pinky underneath. And then your pointer finger is going to go on the fifth string, right here on the fourth fret.


Now I'm playing this chord open, which means whatever is normally on these two strings is opened up. I do that for songs and E because it connects the chords better, it just sounds a little more open sounds a little bit better rather than kind of a pinched sound.


So that's up to you, but that's what I do, it sounds a little better to me. That's your C sharp minor open and then for an a two or an A open, just keep that same position pinky and ring and slide it all the way back down to your second fret. Start on your A string and strum down. Then when you go back to E keep that ring finger in place. So that's a lot of the song right there. It's just E to C sharp minor to A.


Now let's talk about one switch that's a little harder and that's B to E over G sharp. Now anytime you have a slash chord like E over G, G sharp, if it's too hard to play, just to know You can just play the E can play just the first chord that you see. Don't worry about the G sharp that's the bass note your bass player can get it or you can just not worry about it.


But if you want to go for it and try it, let's go to B so it looks like you're a to let slide up two frets so A couple different ways to play E over G sharp, I'm going to show you the easiest way from B to play it, move your pointer finger down one string, and your ring finger up two strings like that your pinkie stays in place a hold that there be you ever G sharp. Now, you will see that on the chorus is a passing chord, which means it's just one beat. So it does happen really quickly.


So I’m going to play a full bar of E then two beats of E and then this this switch. Now what comes next is kind of a similar sound but with different chords. So these are also passing notes, you're gonna go from your C sharp minor seven, or your C sharp minor.


Now go to the B minor seven. For B minor, take your pinky off . An E seven chord, is just E without your ring finger. So you can hear it has a similar sound. That's gonna put you back into an A chord and then you have an F sharp minor.


This may be the only time I think so in the song where you have an F sharp minor, lots of different ways to play this chord the easiest way is in an A2 over F sharp. Finally,  you're at E so let me play the whole progression so you can hear it all flushed out.


So again that first part of the song is 95% of what you need with the E chord family and then your right hand just playing a common for for strum pattern and if you want a challenge adding those extra gospel sounding chords and you will be playing the worship song I Speak Jesus.