At this point in time, I’m the only pianist at our church who plays for the special music. Looking forward to other pianists getting involved in this area as they become more comfortable with playing in the service.
Music can pile up REALLY fast without a place to call home. For the past several months, I’ve been using a six pocket binder that has proved VERY helpful and thought I’d share it with my readers.
I know this particular binder may not work for everyone but works great for my needs 🙂 (Binders with more than six pockets can be found on Walmart’s site)
Here’s a picture of my binder from Walmart.
Before watching this video…when you hear me mention “floppy disk”…that’s what our digital piano uses to play recordings.
Please feel free to share your own organization ideas that work for you!
Congregational playing if done properly, takes ALOT of energy!
Ever feel totally wiped out after congregational playing? If so, you’re doing something right! 🙂
I’ve heard a couple of approaches to teaching exciting congregational playing…first is to play VERY loud the whole time with no room for emotion vs. play with a big sound but leave room for emotion. Shelly Hamilton refers to this second method as “kneading” into the keys for music quality…you can “dig” into the keys for a big sound-just not banging…to allow room for emotion. Shelly mentions playing with “back” weight. After trying the above methods…I prefer the latter way….much more enjoyable; adds warmth…more meaningful way of playing and the congregation responds well to this method!
The church pianist is to provide support to the congregational singing. Play with gusto! Give solid sounding introductions. Make it sound like you know what you’re doing! 🙂 *It may help to bracket off the section(s) you play for intros in your hymnal or other songbook… so you won’t get lost.
Energetic playing is contagious! Your congregation will catch on real quick!