I know…not all church pianists have big hands like Rachmaninoff! With that in mind…I created alternative fill-ins for the runs in The Love of God advanced piano solo that I just published a couple days ago.
I hope these alternative fill-ins will be more user-friendly for those with small hands. The whole piece is really written for a pianist with large hands but maybe those of you with smaller hands can adapt this arrangement with these alternative fill-ins.
Wow! I just finished writing the hand-written copy for The Love of God.
I just started it yesterday! That doesn’t happen too often. Thank you Lord!
Now…to input it into Finale which takes at least three hours to complete along with layout details.
I allow several days for the piece to settle before I finalize it. Reviewing the piece after a day or so allows me the chance to catch mistakes I may not have caught otherwise or…discover a different chord path altogether, etc.
Yesterday, I started a new advanced piano solo arrangement of “The Love of God”.
I have struggled in the past trying to write a piano solo version of The Love of God. Several years ago I created a vocal trio with piano accompaniment for this hymn. It was easier to write since I didn’t have to stick to the melody.
As I sat at the piano yesterday…a motive (a melodic pattern)… just came to me which you will hear in the introduction. I tried to stay true to the style of the song so as not to distract from the message.
This particular arrangement will be written in my “free style” of playing which I enjoy the most. ( no structure!) yay! Although structure does make the arrangement more user-friendly.
Thanks to many such as Ashley & Karen who have requested that I write an arrangement for The Love of God.
The Love of God (audio sample)
I just published the piano invitation collection! I thank the Lord for giving me the strength and clarity of thought through the editing process.
I originally planned twelve arrangements for this collection but added a bonus arrangement without extra cost The bonus arrangement is “Draw Me Nearer Medley”.
The entire invitation collection is on sale now through July 4th for $15!
Playing background music is my ultimate favorite way to play I just play in a more conversational style to enhance the message of the hymn.
The overall level of playing for this collection is late intermediate to early advanced. I always play more lightweight in nature during the invitation… to create a more appropriate atmosphere.
I will be posting youtube videos of each selection as time allows. You can also hear a sampler of the collection above.
Please note: If you want to purchase additional items with this collection…go to “Advanced Piano Solos” in the music store to buy this collection. The following “buy now” button doesn’t allow for purchasing additional items.
Late intermediate to early advanced piano solos, 33 pages
Song titles include: Draw Me Nearer Medley, Have Thine Own Way Lord, I Have Decided, I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go, I Must Tell Jesus, I Surrender All, Just As I Am, Lord I'm Coming Home, Only Trust Him, Softly and Tenderly, Take My Life and Let it Be, Take the World but Give Me Jesus, Throw Out the Lifeline.
On sale now through July 4th!
15% coupon doesn't apply to this product since it's already on sale.
Special note: Bonus piece included! "Draw Me Nearer"
Price based on twelve arrangements. This collection contains a total of thirteen arrangements.
If you have been a church pianist for very long or played in different churches as church pianist…then you may have run across this scenario…”playing for an inexperienced leader”.
The intention of this article is not meant to minimize the willingness and faithfulness of the inexperienced leader but rather to give constructive pointers to church pianists on how to deal with such a situation.
My dad, who was my first leader to follow, emphasized to me the importance of the pianist following the leader. I’m thankful for his teaching and preparing me for my role as church pianist. He was the best teacher!
Over time, through experience…I have learned there are exceptions to rules
I have had to play for at least several different leaders in various situations who just didn’t know “how” to lead and were doing the best they could. Not all of them were non-musical people either. I’ve had the joy of helping some of those leaders along…ONLY because of having a trusting relationship with them; giving me the liberty to do so.
I’ve found it necessary to “lead” as a pianist in some cases IF it was the only way to keep everyone singing together at the same tempo.
On occasion, when a lay person in our church has had to substitute for our regular leader…he will ask me before the service… to help him during congregational singing by keeping things moving since he’s not comfortable with leading.
The following video (taken from the 2013 Wild’s Music Conference) contains more discussion about this topic of “The Experienced Church Pianist vs. The Inexperienced Leader.”
My favorite quotes from the video:
“Part of our role is… we’re support, we’re ministry, we’re behind-the-scenes…serving and helping someone else try to do their job effectively…part of the philosophy of being a good church pianist.”
~ ~ Faye Lopez ~ ~
“You can infuse the service with energy and vitality in the singing…from the keyboard.”
~ ~ Duane Ream ~ ~
Enjoy the following brief… yet informative video on:
“The Experienced Church Pianist vs. The Inexperienced Leader”