A long overdue book that delves down into the the theory behind playing black gospel. It is well written, and substantive. Robert L. Jefferson has elevated the instruction of gospel to a totally new level. With players of the authentic music willing or able to teach being so rare, it is a true treat to study with an individual who is so clearly able to articulate it. After a brief history of the music, Mr. Jefferson tackles a wide array of topics from basic chord theory and gospel cadence, to everything from passing chords, secondary dominants, contemporary, licks and fills, soul gospel and more. Examples are enlightening and abundant…Purchasing this book will definitely take you to a whole new level regardless of where you are now! When it comes to music instruction books, this book ranks TOP on my list.