He's Got The Whole World In His Hands
(Using Modulation For Each Verse)

 

In this well known gospel song we are going to play each verse in a different key signature.  This process is called modulation.  Modulation adds an exciting dynamic to a song, because every time the listeners hears a new verse it is like hearing the song again for the very first time.  Modulation prevents boredom.

In the first verse we will be playing in the key of C major.  We will use the ROOT C major chord and the FIRST INVERSION G Major Chord.

C

Heís got the whole world in His hands,

                     G

Heís got the whole world in His hands,

                    C

He got the whole world in His hands,

                     G                             C

Heís got the whole world in His hands.

 

In the second verse we are going to switch to the key of Db Major.   We ARE NOT going to switch on the first word of the verse but on the third word of the verse "WIND".  This creates a very dynamic musical expression.  Notice how the C chord from the first verse starts out the second verse, but then modulates to Db on the word "WIND".

C                  Db

Heís got the wind and the rain in His hands,

                     Ab

Heís got the wind and the rain in His hands,

                      Db

Heís got the wind and the rain in His hands,

                      Ab                          Db

Heís got the whole world in His hands.

 

The same process is applied to the remainder of the verses.  You always modulate after you sing a few words of the new verse.  Analyze the remaining verses and how the modulation takes place.  At the end of the song is a link for you to download the pdf file of this song.  The pdf file has graphic diagrams of the chords for each verse.  Remember, we are playing the First Chord which is the I (one) chord in the root position, and we are playing the V (five) chord in the first inverted position.  Using this type of musical cadence creates a definite finger pattern that allows you to modulate with ease because the fingers move in the same direction no matter what key signature you are playing.  You can use any of the 4/4 time rhythm patterns which are on this website to accompany you as you play the piano chords and sing.  Or, if you are a beginner, just keep a steady beat with the chords and sing as you accompany yourself.

 

 

Db                D

Heís got the tiny little baby, in his hands,

                      A

Heís got the tiny little baby, in his hands,

                     D

Heís got the tiny little baby, in his hands,

                      A                            D

Heís got the whole world in His hands.

 

 

  D            Eb

Heís got you and me, brother in His hands,

               Bb

Heís got you and me, brother in His hands,

               Eb

Heís got you and me, brother in His hands,

                     Bb                           Eb                  

Heís got the whole world in His hands.

 

 

Eb          E

Heís got evírybody here, in His hands,

               B

Heís got evírybody here, in His hands,

                E

Heís got evírybody here, in His hands,

                     B                             E

Heís got the whole world in His hands.

 

Here's the pdf file link that you can click onto in order to download the lyrics, chords, and the graphic chord diagrams that will show you exactly how to play these chords.

Listen to me sing this song modulating through four different key signatures in a chromatic fashion.  CLICK ON MP3 AUDIO FILE.

Once you have the "chart" of this song printed up your next step is to sing along with this midi file.  This midi sound file starts out with an introduction of 4 measures.  Then on the 5th measure you start singing the song after 2 1/2 beats...."He's Got The...."  These are called pick up notes.  Remember, you will have to shift your voice up 1/2 step every time we change verses by means of modulation.  You start in the key of C major.  By the time you reach the last key signature which is the key of E major, your voice will be singing pretty high.  

This exercise will be a great exercise to help you to develop your singing voice.  While we are talking about singing let me tell you a few of the secrets of singing well.  Here they are:

1.  STAND UP WHEN YOU SING:  When you stand up you can get more air into your lungs, your posture is better, and standing gives you a psychological posture of confidence.

2.  Take in a lot of air into your lungs.  Breathe down deep and force the diaphragm down toward the belly.  The more air you have in your respiratory tract the more resonance and force that you can sing with.

3.  Always start a song out smiling.  The muscular motion of smiling causes your brain to secrete dopamine which in turn makes you feel good and confident.  The audience always picks up on body language, and smiling makes the audience feel good about you.  Smiling sets up a good vibration in your own self awareness, and smiling creates a good vibration between you and your audience.  There is always mental energy going on between people, and smiling sincerely, and warmly creates a very positive environment.

4.  When you sing do over enunciate your words.  Focus on the syllables of the words and over pronounce them.  Stress the syllables.  In order to stress the syllables of words you have to open your mouth wide.  OPEN YOUR MOUTH WIDE when you sing.  It creates a large opening for the sound waves to come out of your mouth and by doing so, you can sing with greater force, clarity, and reverberation.  Practice singing in front of a mirror and open your mouth wide as you sing.  When you watch song leaders at church or when you watch singers on TV, on videos, or DVD's focus on the singer's mouth and notice how wide they open their mouths.

Once you practice singing with the midi file then you will be able to practice these chord changes on the piano while you sing or you back up another singer.  

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