Includes 4 hours of instruction and a study guide with classwork and examples
Church pianists are influential. They are very often one of the biggest influences on the overall worship atmosphere in a service.
The queen of all church piano skills is accompanying your congregation when they sing. If you want to make a more positive impact in your church music, this is the first area you need to focus on.
In this 4 hour course, you will learn:
- The history, goals and challenges of congregational accompaniment.
- The theory behind this style of improvisation.
- A simple 4-step process that will get you playing congregational music in a solid, effective style.
- Ways to take the style to a much higher (and fancier) level.
- Four ways to make your left hand more interesting and less predictable.
- Multiple strategies for fills (filling in dead space).
- How to play songs in 3/8, 6/8 and 9/8.
- How to adjust to different styles such as reflective songs and big anthems.
- How to play introductions.
- How to work with a song leader.
This course includes a 60-page study guide with examples and assignments to help you learn these skills.
There are two main sections. In the first section, you will learn a basic style that will make you a fairly simple but effective congregational accompanist. The second section teaches numerous strategies to help you play in a more complex and interesting way.
This course is based on theory. The goal is to get pianists reading chords rather than notes. In fact, step 1 of the 4-step process is learning how to identify the chords in a song. Most courses and classes that teach this congregational accompaniment do not take this approach. They instead give shortcuts that get the pianist playing the style faster but limit their longer term potential.
The ability to identify chords in a song is critical to being all you can be as a church pianist and is a building block of practically every course available at GregHowlett.com. Make sure you spend some time on this skill before you start more advanced courses. Here is a course that will really help you.