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New Arrangement Coming: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Working on “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night” (early advanced piano solo).

The exciting part…I just came up with an intro and interlude that makes this arrangement long enough using only two verses!

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New Writing Project for Lillenas

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

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I thoroughly enjoyed the Composer’s Symposium this past July in Atlanta.  I made a connection with someone there (thanks Marty Parks!) who strongly suggested I try submitting “Abide With Me”  via Lloyd Larson of Lillenas Publishing Co.

I finally emailed my arrangement to Lloyd just a couple months ago. He responded by asking me to do an early intermediate piano solo   book instead. Wow!

We’re in the beginning stages of deciding on a book title and song list.  I look forward to this new adventure!  This will be my second book to be published by another company.  My first solo piano book is entitled “Showers of Blessing” (early intermediate) published by Soundforth who is now under Lorenz Publishing Co.

My new book will be published (hopefully) by November of next year.  At my age, a year’s time goes in a flash…especially with many other writing projects at hand!

Thanks for everyone encouraging me to write more!  I plan to!!  I’m living my dream…always wanted to write and share with others.

Gesu Bambino: SMPress Contest Submission!

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Just to let my readers know….

I just submitted an advanced Christmas two piano arrangement of Gesu Bambino to SMPress Holiday Arranging Contest.

The contest selling period goes from October 18th through December 1st. The contestant who sells the most profit during this period wins $300 cash prize. So…if you’re wanting a copy….if you don’t mind waiting until the contest selling period. Thanks!

I would like to use the cash prize for the betterment of my website.  Attending the Composer Symposium this past July was a result from winning the Spring competition of last year.  Thanks to all of you who made that possible! I learned ALOT too!

This piano duo will be available on our site after the SMPress contest.

Answer Key Sheets from Live Facebook Session (Oct. 12, 2017)

Friday, October 13th, 2017

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Enjoyed teaching you all last night! Sorry it lasted longer than expected.

I also appreciate the feedback to help improve my sessions. Thanks as well for your words of encouragement!

The following Answer Keys are in reference to our live facebook session from October 12, 2017

Click HERE to watch the archived video of this session on facebook.

Text Answer Key

Showers of Blessing Answer Key

I Will Sing of My Redeemer Answer Key

O How I Love Jesus Answer Key

Live Facebook Church Pianist Session Tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Click Here to Watch Live Session Tomorrow at 8pm EST

Tune in at the link above tomorrow evening at 8pm EST… to be a part of a live facebook session for church pianists all over the world! (even as far as the Cayman Islands) 🙂

Click below to print free downloads for tomorrow’s session:

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O How I Love Jesus

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Special Note!

Special Note!

 

There may be one more sheet to download by tomorrow morning. Bring notebook paper to jot down the numerous tips you will hear sprinkled throughout this session! You’ll also want a pencil to use on the download sheets.

 

 

Input Needed from Church Pianists! (for Upcoming Live Facebook Session)

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

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Need input from all you church pianists out there!

I’m working on the handouts that I will provide here on my site for  the upcoming Live Facebook session on October 12th 8pm EST.

Trying to choose a “slow” type hymn in 6/8 timing that’s familiar to most of you. Any suggestions?

Thanks!

 

Last Day for Suggested Topic(s) for Upcoming Facebook Live Session

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Today is the last day to turn in your suggested topic(s) for the upcoming Facebook live session for church pianists on October 12 at 8pm.

The “most suggested” comment will be our main topic. I will announce our topic in a couple of days.

Click “comment” below to leave your suggested topic(s).

Oh…wanted to mention….my friend Meryt Wilson will be my cohost! She teaches piano at Ambassador Baptist College. We’ll open the session with a brand new Christmas two piano number (which I’m working on at the moment for another SMPress Contest).

Excited about this event!  Mark your calendars now!

Facebook Live Event for Church Pianists!

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Church Pianist Mini Session: Live on Facebook!

Monday, September 18th, 2017

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For those of my readers on facebook….I’ll be going live on Thursday, October 12th from 8-8:30pm (could last longer)

I will make this video available on my website a couple days after the live facebook session.

I’m asking my church pianist readers to give suggested topics. I will choose the “most mentioned” topic for this session…if reasonable enough 😉  You have until September 25th to enter your topic!

Submit your suggested topic(s)  below.  Thanks!  Looking forward to this time of fellowship and learning!

 

Simple Chord Theory Book!

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

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Need to brush up on chord theory?

I have a chord speller book by John Thompson that I use to teach my church pianist students who need to brush up on theory.

This book  provides foundational information needed for the church pianist to effectively improvise.

 Short synopsis of book:

John Thompson’s Chord-Speller

The purpose of this book is to present the Triads (including the Dominant and Diminished Seventh Chords) in a way that will enable the student to read them, write them and recognize them by sight or sound.

Having a working knowledge of  scale and chord structure will help the church pianist with improvising hymns.

If you’re interested in seeing sample pages or purchasing the book…just click on the image of the book above.

I’m always looking for simple-approach type books and this one fits the bill!  (I don’t get paid to sell this book)  🙂

This book has been around for awhile so you may find it on Ebay or Amazon.

 

 

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