About seven years ago, I recorded a series of videos about the song “What a Friend We Have In Jesus.” If you watch all five, you will probably invest an hour but also get an extensive look at how I evaluate music and reharmonize it. Basically, these videos go through the song line by line. […]
I would guess most of you are taking the summer off from your piano lessons and if you are parents, are giving your children the summer off. I think that is a healthy thing. I let my children take the summer off except for Kelsey on violin.
In the last two posts, I have pointed out some weaknesses in the way music is usually taught in our culture. Today I want to give you some thoughts on how to overcome those weaknesses.
A week or so ago, I put out a new free arrangement on the hymn “Hiding in Thee.” Today, let’s talk about it. There is something going on there that is a bit unique (at least for me). Two quick terms that you learn as you study the history of music are polyphony and homophony. […]