There are certain songs that are a challenge for the church pianist to accompany. “Down From His Glory” is one of those songs!
In the video below, Duane Ream and Faye Lopez share some of their insight on accompanying the vocal soloist for “Down From His Glory”.
The following video excerpt came from last year’s Hymn Playing Master Class workshop at the annual Wild’s Music Conference. Please excuse the shaky quality of the video. I didn’t have a tripod available.
I want to thank the pianist for granting me permission to share this video excerpt. He did a great job with his impromptu accompaniment; providing others with an opportunity to learn more about accompanying a vocal solo.
This video was taken during the “critique” session of the class when someone would volunteer to play either a piano solo, prelude style piece or accompaniment style.
Duane Ream, one of the workshop leaders, also volunteered to sing…making it easier for the volunteer pianist to share his accompaniment style. *Please note that Duane sang an octave lower on purpose for the chorus… since it was out of his vocal range At least he was willing to help the pianist
I’ve thought about providing a couple visual examples of the accompaniment patterns Faye was trying to convey to the pianist. Keep in mind…they wouldn’t be note for note what she played but I could produce something very similar. Who would be interested?