Happenings at Hymnprovisation.com and A Free Arrangement!

I know it has been a long time since you have received anything from Hymnprovisation.com, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been hard at work! If you will give me a moment of your valuable time, I’ll fill you in on how we are working to serve you better.

Update

Since publishing the book, Hymnprovisation-The Art of Effective Improvisational Accompanimentas well as publishing our first piano solo arrangement, Hymn of Grateful Praise, I have had opportunities to serve the churches in the capital city of Belize, C.A., teaching music for two weeks along with 7 others from my home church; assist in conducting Powerful Praise!- a one day Mini-Conference on Sight-singing in March; and man a booth for Hymnprovisation at the Christian Heritage Homeschool Conference in Redmond, WA in April, where I got to meet some of you!
In the meantime, I have begun to offer online piano improvisation lessons and have been compiling a number of other useful resources, including recordings, which I have plans to share with you in the near future.

A New Site

Additionally, we have been hard at work rebuilding this site from the ground up in order to better serve you, making this website more cost effective, easier to navigate, more up-to-date and altogether better with even more useful content for you!

I know, I know, last year I said the same thing. Unfortunately, the New Jersey based company I had hired to do it outsourced it to some folks in another country, which barely spoke English and certainly had never even heard of a “Hymn” before. How could I know that the nearly $2000 I spent was going to be a complete waste of my (and their) time? It was frustrating to say the least, and I was unable to salvage what they had done so I finally gave up on them and went with an old acquaintance who lives and works locally (in my home state). Had I known then that he did web design, I could’ve saved a lot of money. Hey, maybe Linked In is good for something after all!

The short of it is, by the first week of October, we should be rolling out the brand new Hymnprovisation.com website. I hope you will find it easier to navigate and more up to date. Though it won’t all be ready right away, the following things are in the works:

  • Interviews with other musicians we can all learn from
  • A complete online store with CDs and other music books
  • Online lessons in subjects beside piano improv.
  • More new music published by Hymnprovisation.com

And that brings me to the free arrangement…

Something Else That is New…And FREE!

If you read this far, you deserve a medal, but what can you do with a medal? Not much really, so let me offer you this instead. How about a piano solo arrangement of ‘Tis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus, which a good friend of mine, Laurie MacDonald, of the MacDonald Family Singers arranged and Hymnprovisation published. Mrs. MacDonald specifically asked that it be given out for free even though it is every bit as good as arrangements you might pay $2-3 for! In fact, it is a challenging and beautiful arrangement which you could use as an offertory or special, or even just for your own enjoyment of her unique style which I think you will like!

Download Now!

 

We would love to hear your thoughts on this arrangement so once you download it and learn it, why don’t you mosey on over to this page and leave a comment?

Powerful Praise! Introduction to Sight-Singing Mini-conference and Music Night

You are invited to a one-day mini conference workshop on Sight-Singing on March 31st, 2018 8am-4pm with an Evening of Music at 6pm. Conference will be held at Grace Bible Church, Coeur d’ Alene, ID

Come for the training, stay for the Music Night!

Do you love to sing but not know how to read music?

Have you ever wished you could look at a new song and just sing it like some of your friends do?

Would you like to discover the basics of reading music, gain confidence in your ability to sing in four or six-part harmony and learn the basics of sight-singing?

If you answered “YES!” to any of the above, then don’t wait to sign up for this incredible opportunity! We are here to help you (or your choir) be successful making excellent music!

In addition to the skills listed above, delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • Understand more of what the Bible says about music
  • Practice Sight-singing choral music
  • Enjoy valuable times of fellowship with others passionate about music ministry
  • Seize the opportunity for limited private instruction
  • Lift your voice to the LORD in the Powerful Praise Chorale
  • Stay for the music night at 6pm!
  • Includes Continental Breakfast, Lunch, instruction and materials!
  • Will culminate in a music night with local musicians and Powerful Praise! Chorale
  • Learn more…

 

Register now before it’s too late!

Open to all anyone with a desire to learn. No childcare provided.

You don’t have to read music to join us!

Group discounts available. Bring the whole church, the choir, or just yourself!

It is our goal to help you make excellent music!

Single Registration- $30

Groups of 5-$125

Groups of 10- $250

Sponsored by Hymnprovisation.com and Grace Bible Church, Coeur d’ Alene.

 

Hymn of Grateful Praise New Piano Arrangement

Just in time for Thanksgiving- Introducing Hymn of Grateful Praise! (For The Beauty Of The Earth) piano solo arrangement! Accessible Intermediate level piano solo arranged by Chris Dortignac. Performance Time: 3min. 44 seconds. Seven pages total. Digital download delivered right to your inbox

$2.99 Now only $1.99


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Hymn of Grateful Praise-Sample

Pre-Order HYMNPROVISATION BOOK

Finally, at long last, you can now pre-order your very own spiral-bound Hymnprovisation book! Pre-order your copy today and save 40%!

Estimated ship date is October 12, 2017.

For less than the price of two piano lessons, you will get the equivalent of at least 80 piano improvisation lessons in a single spiral-bound handbook chock full of illustrations!

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$49.99 Order yours today for only $29.99!!

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This book will make you a better pianist by helping you harness your own creativity and imagination to effectively improvise and accompany hymns and gospel songs so that you can quickly become a more confident and proficient pianist!

Hymprovisation will challenge you with fresh ideas and new ways of approaching time-tested techniques. This is not a step-by-step manual, but an innovative approach which will help you develop and create your own library of techniques which you can pull from.

Learn how you can effectively play the words by using the techniques in this book to make your accompaniment dynamic!

Learn how to handle emergencies like a pro!

Master the ability to easily transpose any song!

Discover who your audience is, as well as many other valuable insights the author has learned the hard way over 20 years of accompanying soloists, congregations, choirs and ensembles.

Learn how to develop your ear.

Uncover the secrets of chords and much, much more!

Written in plain English and geared toward all levels of pianists with something for everyone, from elementary, to intermediate and advanced. Includes more than 200 pages with over 150 examples for your convenience.

What others are saying:

“Written by a “practitioner” for the people of the pew.” –Faye Lopez (SC)

“Excellent resource! I feel like there is something in this handbook that every pianist at every level could learn from.” –Annie Danae, (CA)

“…an invaluable resource.” –Becca Lee Shove (ID) 


Learn how to use creative techniques to effectively improvise and accompany hymns and gospel songs. Some of the topics addressed are how to:

  • Play the Words
  • Use Octaves
  • Runs (right and left hand, chromatic, diatonic, and patterns)
  • Chords and their inversions
  • Chord substitutions
  • Chord uses
  • Harmonies
  • Playing by ear
  • Melodic left-hand intervals (tenths, fifths, sixths, sevenths)
  • Left hand stride (Down beats and after beats)
  • Arpeggios (ascending, descending, left, right, and crossover)
  • Patterns and forms (break up chords in different ways [root, fifth, tenth, etc])
  • Simple or complex improvisations
  • Trills, mordents, glissando, octave rolls
  • Major/minor
  • Key changes
  • Segues, Bridges, Transitions, Interludes, Cadences.
  • Styles-Classical, Baroque, Romantic, Classic, Black Gospel, Southern Gospel, “Romantic Gospel”, Praise and Worship and CCM.
  • Timing nuances within (and without) the posted signature
  • Dynamics
  • Endings
  • And much more!

In over 20 years of accompanying congregations, soloists choirs and ensembles at churches, camps, and other events all over the U.S. and in Central America, this book is a partial representation of the many things I have had to learn the hard way. Now you won’t have to make the same mistakes I did! Hymnprovisation is geared toward all levels of pianists, with elementary, intermediate and some advanced techniques as well. 200+ pages with more than 150 examples.

Scheduled release: October 12th 2017

$49.99 . Pre-order for only $29.99!

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY

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Getty Music Worship Conference: Sing!

Why do we sing?  It seems like a funny question – in our churches, it’s just what we do, every Sunday morning.  But really, why do we sing?  Furthermore, what does our singing say about our view of God? How does it reflect our relationship with the Lord and with each other as believers? What is the importance of congregational singing?

Keith and Kristyn Getty, modern-day hymn-writers, have teamed up with an amazing list of speakers and musicians to answer these questions and more.  If you’ve heard any of the Getty’s music, you probably know the wonderful depth it has both theologically and musically.  This coming week in Nashville, more than 4,000 believers from over 16 countries will be gathering for the very first Getty Music Worship Conference: Sing!  Now, however, you can join them through the free, live simulcast they are offering, September 18-20!  RSVP now and receive a free songbook download with 25 of Keith and Kristyn’s songs.

I know this is a late notice, but I didn’t find out about it until yesterday and was unable to post anything until now. However, you can still get the entire conference on demand because they are also making available all 70 hours available by purchasing a LifeWay Digital Pass as an individual or with a group rate here.

So, what are you waiting for? While you’re there, check out the Getty’s new book titled “Sing!” (If you order through the link, you get a really great discount.)

Learn more here.

 

Master Class with Greg Howlett and Heather Sorenson

Another Upcoming Master Class with Greg Howlett!

Saturday, March 18, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (12:00 – 2:00 Pacific Standard Time), Composer, arranger, producer, and pianist, Greg Howlett is hosting another online class, this time with highly-experienced arranger and teacher Heather Sorenson.  (Learn more about Heather here.)

The first hour will feature tips and answering questions, and for the second hour, the two musicians will evaluate 3 original arrangements sent in by students.  The cost for observers is a mere $9.99! If you think this is a lot, or aren’t sure you will get your money’s worth out of this, I can assure you that it is totally worth it! You won’t be disappointed with the wealth of information these two experts bring to the table.

Greg is very generous to do host these master classes, however, due to technical constraints, class size is limited this time, so don’t wait!

Master Class – Greg Howlett and Heather Sorenson

Book Update March 2017

For those of you waiting on Hymnprovisation: The Art of Effective Improvisational Accompaniment-a Handbook for the church accompanist, which was supposed to be ready by March 1, I have good and bad news:

First, the bad: It isn’t done being proofed yet. We will then ahve to make the necessary changes/edits, and then send it to the printer.

The good news, is that we are really close! In the meantime, we are still working on cover art, finding the right printer, and obtaining the necessary copyright permission and a preorder page which should be up shortly.

To learn more about this book, you can visit this page.

Complete Website Makeover

 

 

Dear Fellow Musicians and Worship leaders,

 

It’s a new year, and we are finally getting around a complete makeover of the Hymnprovisation.com website and branding to make it more readable, useful and practical for you.

We are in the process of a complete makeover of Hymnprovisation.com which will include a new header, logo, and new design to serve you better. In addition, we plan on adding new content, sheet music for sale, and pre-sales of the book,

Hymnprovisation- The art of improvising and effective accompaniment. 

Our goal is to serve fellow musicians by collecting and offering useful information, advice, input and training, for church musicians, worship leaders and hobby musicians. We hope to do this through the means of this website that is both easy to navigate and also meets the needs of our readers in a clean and professional manner.

We need your input!

In order to do this well, we are going to need your help!

We’ve created a short survey that we think will help us narrow down the needs of our readers to better serve them. Would you take a moment to fill this out? We will be carefully and prayerfully considering your responses and Lord willing, we will be able to serve you better this year.

We are grateful to those of you who already have taken a few short minutes to do this!

What we hope to accomplish in 2017:

Please bear with us as we test out and try to implement some new things including,

  • Creating a professional looking website with better content, tailored to your needs in an easy to read and navigate format that doesn’t turn readers off.

 

  • Distilling and Communicating our mission and purpose better.

 

  • Collaborating with other musicians and professionals in the fields which you are interested in.

 

  • And adding additional content including:
    • Writing and posting to the blog at least twice a month.
    • More links to other helpful websites
    • More videos.
    • A new page with sales of vintage, POP and newer sheet music.
    • Pre-sales of the book as mentioned above.
    • Adding specific content related to your responses to our survey as to how we can assist you better. (Please take a moment to tell us how we can help you this year.)

Music Conferences

Many of you have asked about whether we are going to do another music conference this year. The answer is, I would like to, but simply cannot afford it at the moment. Even though we had a generous sponsor, 46 paying attendees and several very kind individuals who volunteered much of their time and resources, it just didn’t come close to covering the cost of putting it together. I was a bit concerned that the cost of attending wouldn’t be affordable to those who wanted to come, and yet, for the quality of instruction, it turned out to be a very fair deal. We are still praying about this, but unless the LORD directs otherwise, we will plan to do one again in 2018. There is still a small possibility of organizing one this Fall, but I will need volunteers in order to make this happen. (I just can’t afford to take 6 months off of my regular job this year to plan, organize and execute it myself.)

Funding for this ministry

This website is a ministry. Not a 501.C.3 tax exempt charity, but a ministry nonetheless. It is not a money-making proposition but something I do because I love quality sacred worship music, and because I like to help other people be able to make quality music. Pretty much every aspect of it cost money. Sending emails to you, taking the time away from paying work to write, improve this website and blog, select content, etc,-all of it has costs and there may well come a time when I am unable to continue this because other needs are more pressing. Until then, I have been blessed to be able to do this and hope to continue. If the LORD puts it on your heart to donate to this ministry, that would be appreciated, but I am not requiring or even asking. You can contact me privately if necessary.

 

I’m sure we are missing something, and since our goal is to serve YOU, won’t you let us know what would be helpful to you? Please take a few moments to take the survey or leave a comment below and let us know!

Once again, don’t forget to take the survey here!

 

Free Master Class This Saturday with Faye Lopez and Greg Howlett

Free Master Class This Saturday, February 4th from 1-3pm Eastern Standard Time (10am-12pm Pacific Standard Time).

Faye Lopez will be joining Greg Howlett for an online group Master Class. The class is free to observers, and participants are $25. I would highly recommend this class! I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to take some classes from Faye, and learned a bunch! Plus, she’s the nicest teacher ever! She won’t let you get away with poor quality music, but she will guide you in the sweetest way so you can make it better.

This class includes the added benefit of having pianist, teacher, arranger and producer, Greg Howlett, as well! He is excellent at teaching, and super nice! Greg brings a wealth of experience to the table you will be blessed by!

This is a great opportunity I don’t intend to miss, and you won’t want to either!

To learn more, go here and grab a spot before it fills up: Greghowlett.com/MasterClass

Even if you are not an advanced player you will still learn a ton from these two and the participants, and how can you beat the price? I’ve already signed up…what are YOU waiting for?

“Essentials for the Worship Team Pianist” Webinar

88 Creative Keys is putting on the Essentials For The Worship Team Pianist Webinar on Monday, January 16th from 11am-1pm Eastern Standard Time.

The cost is $49 for this two-part, three hour online class taught by Leila Viss, Drew Collins and Bradley Sowash.

I have not taken their classes, but heard of this through James Koerts. 88 Creative Keys offer several webinars throughout the year on all sort of musical subjects such as chords, rhythm, teaching, improvising, etc.

  • In the first portion of the webinar, Drew and Leila will discuss:
    Leila Viss
    Leila Viss
    • The three roles of a worship team pianist.
    • The latest tech tools used by most worship teams.
    • Tips on how to build required skills.
    • What worship leaders expect of a pianist.
    • Common mistakes pianists make when playing with a band.
    • Five characteristics of a strong worship team pianist.
    • Some tricks of the trade.

    In the next portion, Bradley will cover:

    Bradley Sowash
    Bradley Sowash
    • What to play when unrehearsed background music is needed.
    • Heighten your awareness of thinking and playing in musical layers.
    • More tips for pianists on feeling a groove.
    • Improvising and/or arranging a traditional hymn for contemporary worship.

     

    For more details, and to sign up for this class go here.

Will I see you there?