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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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!

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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.

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?

Update on Book!

Update on The Congregational Accompanist’s Handbook, a Primer in Effective Improvisation:

Its a busy week, with Christmas coming up and all, but I needed to update before the end of the year, so for those of you who are wondering, and especially those of you who have taken one of my classes in which I provided you with the preliminary version of the first chapters of the book I’m working on, and told you I hoped to have it out by the end of this year (2015). If you are wondering if I’ve died or fallen off the face of the earth…sorry, I’m still here! Rest assured, I’m still working on it, and you will still receive your copy when it is finished. Sadly I did not meet my goal, and unfortunately, it won’t be done this year (2015). But look for another announcement before the end of the next quarter. You can stay up to date on the progress right here, on hymnprovisation.com, and from time to time I hope to post out of the contents of the book. There is one post up already here!

Current parts (subject to change) include:

1.Introduction-

The basis and background of congregational accompanists, as well as some other resources for honing the skill of improvisation.

2.Theme

This is where the book gets into some general concepts that a congregational accompanist needs to keep in mind while playing.

3.Development

This is the section that highlights over 20  techniques that we can use to to properly convey the message of the songs we play.

4.Recapitulation and Ending.

This is, well, exactly what it sounds like! Here the book wraps up and encourages the student to practice with purpose, being always ready to serve when called on.

Further information can be found on this page.

If there is a specific topic that you would like to learn more about, leave a comment and I’ll see if I can address it either here on this blog, or in the book or both places!