If you’re a fan of worship music, you know that a great song has the power to bring people together. “Way Maker” is powerful modern hymn. Though it’s originally by Sinach, we’ll be taking a look at the version by the band Leeland. Here are the piano chords for Way Maker!
Quick Guide: Piano Chords for Way Maker
To play Way Maker, you need four chords: A, E, B, and C#m. If you don’t know them, here’s a quick guide to playing each with your right hand in root position. Chord charts are also great tools to help you remember!
A Major (A)
- Play A (two white keys to the left of middle C) with your thumb
- Play C# (black key to the right of middle C) with your middle finger
- Play E (two white keys to the right of middle C) with your pinky
E Major (E)
- Play E (two white keys to the right of middle C) with your thumb
- Play G# (two black keys to the right of E) with your middle finger
- Play B (four white keys to the right of E) with your pinky
B Major (B)
- Play B (one white key to the left of middle C) with your thumb
- Play D# (two black keys to the right of B) with your middle finger
- Play F# (black key to the right of D#) with your pinky
C# Minor (C#m)
- Play C# (black key to the right of middle C) with your thumb
- Play E (two white keys to the right of middle C) with your middle finger
- Play G# (two black keys to the right of E) with your pinky
Song Structure: Way Maker
If you want to see the keyboard while walking through the song, check out this helpful YouTube tutorial.
Let’s start with an instrumental intro and the first verse. Most versions repeat the first verse twice:
Here’s the chorus, which is repeated twice as well:
Now to the second verse:
After that, we jump straight into the third verse:
Now back to the chorus (most versions repeat it four times):
This next part is called a “refrain” or “tag.” It’s usually repeated twice:
Now, we repeat the chorus twice again:
Next, we go to the bridge. Repeat this four times:
Now we repeat the chorus twice:
And repeat the refrain twice:
One more chorus repeat:
One more instrumental break:
And finally, repeat the refrain twice:
You probably notice that this song has a somewhat meandering structure. If you’re playing a solo version and want to shorten it a bit, you can experiment with the song structure or move toward a more traditional verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/chorus format. It’s up to you!
Improving Your Musical Craft
This inspiring song offers you an opportunity to really grow as a musician. There are only four chords you need to know, so that makes Way Maker an opportunity for you to hone other skills. It’s a good song to practice singing and playing at the same time!
Try playing different inversions of the chords, playing multiple octaves with your left hand, and shifting chord dynamics with the mood of the song. When you make an effort to make a song your own, you’ll grow in both confidence and musical skill!
Still have some questions on how to play Way Maker on piano? Here are some answers:
To play this song on piano, you just need A, E, B, and C#m. You can simply repeat the chords, or you can play arpeggios, try different chord inversions, etc.
In the Leeland version of Way Maker (the one we looked at above), the chords are A, E, B, and C#m.
Since the music in Way Maker is only four chords, it’s a good idea to mix up how you play. Try playing the chords higher or lower on the piano, playing chord inversion, etc.
The Leeland version (the one looked at above) is in the key of E. However, the original Sinach version is in the key of B.