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. […]
Here is a new arrangement for you: This is probably not a 15-minute arrangement but it is not so hard. I tried to use repetitive patterns as much as possible even if some of them are pretty fast. You might recognize this arrangement because it is an adaption of a longer version I recorded of […]
In class this week, someone was working on this song and I got an itch to do something with it. This is no 15-minute arrangement; I may have written it but I had to practice it a while just to be able to play it myself for the demo that you see below. Download: http://www.greghowlett.com/downloads/christarose.pdf If […]
One of my Facebook friends is Mike Kestler who is the accompanist for Sarah Horn, a vocal teacher at California Baptist University. I don’t know Mike that well; he follows my music and we interact from time to time. But the other day, I noticed a clip he put on YouTube of Sarah when she […]
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.