Maybe eight years ago, my wife and I went to a concert that changed the way I viewed music forever. It was in a tiny venue in downtown Atlanta. My piano teacher at the time was on the piano and he had a drummer and a bass player with him. At one point in the […]
There are certain musical elements that are so versatile and useful that basically every real life pianist needs to know them. I say “real life pianists” because I am referring to those of us who don’t sit in ivory (pun intended) towers playing Bach all day but rather play in the every day situations of […]
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For church pianists, accompanying small groups or soloists is a ultra-important skill that is sometimes a bit neglected. So today, I thought I would give a few tips that are especially geared toward situations where the pianist is not given a written piano accompaniment.
In August, we recorded a song I wrote called “This God Alone” in the live taping. The lyricist wants the music for a concert she is doing so I promised her I would write out the piano part (all the other parts are already written out).
A hook is a term that has different meanings in music. Sometimes, it refers to a chorus. When I use it, I am usually referring to some bit of something that makes a song memorable. For example, it could be a rhythmic idea, a melody line, or some interesting harmony. Arrangers want their music to […]