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Annual Wilds Music Conference

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

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After wanting to go to the Wilds Music Conference for at least the past ten years….I finally got to go!  My schedule just didn’t allow it in years past since the conference was scheduled at the end of December and into New Year’s Day.  ( I believe the Wilds is changing the music conference to a later date next year….to sometime in January.)

Please understand that this conference is a general music conference.  Since it’s only about a 2 & 1/2 hour drive…I felt it was worth attending.  Read the conference description below as stated on The Wilds website:

“Join us for the mixture of general preaching sessions, biblical philosophy and practical “how to” workshops, and choral reading sessions which will make you more effective in your ministry of music in your local church. Both trained musicians and laymen alike will benefit from the blessing and refreshment of fellowship around Christ-honoring music at this conference.”

Here’s what I did at the conference:

* Hymnplaying master class (once a day for three days) great practical ideas for pianists in general!

* Attended at least eight Choral reading sessions (free pack of music per session)

* Rubbed shoulders with musician friends (always pick up ideas from fellow musicians!)

* Went to Sacred concert by Matt & Christy Taylor on Wednesday evening

I do plan on sharing my gleanings in future posts.  The highlight of my week was playing in the Hymnplaying master class for critique.  What constructive advice I received!  (will share in video soon!)

Upcoming Post!

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

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Been enjoying family & guests over the holidays.  Now it’s time to gear up for the new year!

I’m currently working on several chord substitution examples to share with you.

These examples are in relation to the final lesson on chord substitutions.

You may have to review the previous chord substitution lesson in preparation for these examples.  Plan to post the examples tomorrow!

God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman: Christmas Piano Solo

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

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Just finished the Christmas piano solo of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” this morning!

One of my readers requested that I arrange an intermediate level of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”.  This piano arrangement may appear to be late intermediate level but the technical side of it may qualify for an early advanced level piano solo.

Regardless of the outcome, I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I had writing it!

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Late intermediate to early advanced Christmas piano solo, 2 pgs. Approx. 1:33

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Price: $3.00

Upcoming Piano Arrangement: God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Working on an early advanced arrangement of “God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen”.

This one has been more challenging than “In the Bleak of Midwinter” as far as coming up with ideas for the arrangement.  Some of my Spanish classical influence will appear in this piece.

Hope to complete it soon!

Update on “In the Bleak Midwinter” Piano Solo

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

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I’m on track to publish “In the Bleak Midwinter” by tonight after church.

For those just tuning in… I’m publishing a free advanced Christmas piano solo of “In the Bleak Midwinter”.

The melody and text of this song fit so well together!  I thoroughly enjoyed trying to depict the setting of a calm winter’s night as a backdrop to this hymn.

Delay in Posting

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Sorry for not posting last week.  We had to leave unexpectedly out of town for our daughter-in-law who had a miscarriage with a couple complications as well.

We have witnessed God’s amazing grace  through it all.  I should be back to a normal schedule this coming week.

Recovering From Surgery

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

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Just wanted to explain my temporary absence…recovering from surgery.

Not able to sit for more than few minutes at computer.  That will change in time 🙂

The doctor gave me a four to six week recovery.

The surgery was successful with several setbacks during recovery but now on the mend 🙂

Thanks SO much for your prayers! I can’t wait to start writing again!

“Simply trusting every day…trusting Jesus that is all.” 

Oops! Mistake in Lesson Four: How to Add Chord Substitutions

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Just want to apologize to my readers for getting the major & minor chord descriptions backwards.  At least I was consistent!  🙂

No….seriously, I just shouldn’t have been working on it so late at night.  To ease your minds….I do know the following:

4 half steps = Major 3rd

3 half steps = minor 3rd

Thanks to a reader that brought the mistake to my attention 🙂  I do appreciate that.  Now everyone can read the correct information in the following lesson:

“How to Add Chord Substitutions: Lesson 4”

I just want everyone squared away and ready for the grand finale lesson in this series of “How to Add Chord Substitutions”

*Please keep us in your prayers as my husband will be having surgery this month as well as myself, plus a grandson being born…all within one week of each other.

My posting may be less frequent during my recovery time but am trying to build up a few articles that will post automatically during my recovery time.

I thoroughly enjoy writing music and sharing ideas with you all!  God has truly blessed me with some wonderful readers!

Working on Huge Project!

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

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Just so you know…I’m feverishly working on a huge project that I want to finish as SOON as possible!

Here’s what I’m working on…

1. Finishing up “God Can” SAB choir arrangement

2. Congregational Hymnal for Church Pianists (HUGE project!)

I’m very excited about both of these projects but it takes turning off the world around me and staying in my gopher hole until I complete them!

Free Piano Prelude on the “Blood of Jesus”

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

 

Blood-of-Jesus-PreludeJust thought I’d share a free sheet with key changes to connect the following hymns for a  piano prelude on the “Blood of Jesus”.

(Our prelude lasts anywhere from five to ten minutes…depending on how soon I can make it to the piano.)  I usually play two verses per hymn.

Prelude List:

Power in the Blood (B flat major)

When I See the Blood ( C Major)

Nothing but the Blood ( G Major)

Are You Washed in the Blood? (A flat major)

The sheet contains the final phrase of each hymn; followed by the key change to connect each hymn in the list above.

Click here to download Free Piano Prelude on the “Blood of Jesus”

 

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