Tag Archives: church

Aug
4

A God Who Cares About a Child’s Prayers

The drowsy, little girl fought hard to stay awake. Her eyelids drooped, and her head nodded as the preacher’s voice seemed to fade. Her mind wandered to the piano. More than anything she wanted to play the piano, and not … Continue reading

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Aug
30

Practical Tips for Church Pianists – Playing Offertories, Part I

Playing a solo piano special during the offering can be a challenge for the church pianist.  What is expected or required of you can vary from church to church, and even from one service to the next.  As always, it … Continue reading

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Mar
23

Practical Tips for Church Pianists – Creating a Prelude

In my last post, I told you my first experience with playing a prelude. In this post, I’ll share some of the things that helped me as I began to play preludes on a regular basis. 1. Discover Your Purpose … Continue reading

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Mar
14

Practical Tips for Church Pianists – How I Learned to Play A Prelude

Do you play the prelude at your church?  If not, you may be asking, “What’s a prelude?”  A prelude is music 5 to 15 minutes before the service (or other event) begins. It is used to “set the mood”, and … Continue reading

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Feb
8

Practical Tips for Church Pianists – Let’s Talk Measures

I touched on this topic in my last post, but I have found that “measures” are a big issue for church musicians. I’m not talking about bar lines and counting. I’m talking about the way we measure ourselves. When I … Continue reading

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Jan
31

Practical Tips for Church Pianists – Let’s Begin at the Beginning

Being a church pianist is different than being “just a pianist”, or it should be! There are a few simple questions that each of us who are involved in the music ministry (or really any ministry for that matter) should … Continue reading

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