The Church Pianist: Piano Interpretation (Runs and Fill-ins)
It’s so easy to rush through a busy fill-in passage during a hymn arrangement.
If you’re like me, you think…”That’s alot of notes! I’d better play fast to make them fit in!” So….you rip through the pretty stuff as though it were thrown in all of a sudden and listeners think…”Woah! What was that?”
Fill-ins and runs either enhance the melody (hopefully)…or are used to add movement during a held word.
Runs that intertwine with the melody are meant to move along at a fair pace so as not to break the flow of thought.
Slowing down for a run during a held word is appropriate. Such is the case in today’s excerpt from my arrangement entitled: “This is My Father’s World” published by Soundforth Publications under BJU Press.
The following link from Soundforth may give you a view of the actual music.
Editor notes for video:
Wrong way: I play one speed with little emotion.
Right way: Taking more time to feel the music in a more conversational style.