Fifth Note Lead-In

Subtle but Spicy

Add a little spice to your 1, 5, 6, 4 chord progression with this simple note.  It works with quarter as well as whole notes, as a lead-in or a riff.  Use it sparingly, but definitely when you want to throw some fun into your groove. Daniel shows us where to slip it in.  

Here's what it looks like in Phil Wickham's At Your Name (in measures 3 and 6)

Try adding the 5th Note Lead-In in these songs:


Tempo: Medium

Song Key: A

At Your Name

Artist: Phil Wickham

Lots of great lead in this one. You'll be all over the place.

Lay back in that pocket!

Real bass players paradise.

Love the piano on the verse


Tempo: Medium

Song Key: D♭

How Great Is Our God

Artist: Chris Tomlin

Easy strummer with some cool chord variation.

Simple tune to learn!!

Great bass line that is reminiscent of Delirious.

Four chords and a B3


Tempo: Medium

Song Key: B

Our God

Artist: Chris Tomlin

Whole lot going on in this one. Not that difficult if you just take it piece by piece.

Doesn't get any easier than this.

Great live version and groove with the kick!

Easy Chorder!

Daniel Ornellas, worship leader in the band "The Worship Republic" is originally from South Africa. He moved to the US with his band Tree 63 and has toured and recorded with numerous worship artists. He produces records and lives in Nashville with his wife Samantha and their two kids and is the bass instructor for Worship Artistry.

Fifth Note Lead-In

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' Too familiar with much of the music, I'm an old schooler, keep it coming.

5th Note lead in

Hi! Thank you for the posting. This is a nice idea!
Can you look into posting some gospel funk grooves using pentatonic patterns?
I understand the pentatonic scales but have a hard time improvising on it.
Thank you!


I just subscribed to the transposing feature of worship artistry. But I can only get it to work for the chord sheets, but I really wanted it for the music sheet instead of having to write out the whole music score for keys when our worship leader chooses a different key to sing in, than the one posted on this website. How I can I print the music sheet for keys in a different key using the transpose feature?