Worship Piano Training Video

I am not a pianist, but I found his principles to be universal for auxiliary instruments as well.

Here are notes from his website:

General Principles
  • Excellence in all dimension of worship expression, including music, must not simply be defined by cultural standards of sophistication, but by the ability of the expression to strengthen, deepen, and develop faith. – (Bryan Chapell, Christ Centered Worship, 140)
  • We don’t strive for excellence so that we will be seen and honored, but so that Christ will be seen and honored.
  • Our gifts and talents are slaves to Christ.
Melody, rhythm, harmony.
  • Often contributing all three. Don’t need to.
  • Rhythm and harmony most important. People can carry the melody.
  • Not a strength for pianists
  • Time is a metronome. Groove is based on time, but has accents.
  • Inner pulse serves as the framework for everything else.
  • Involves thinking in larger segments of time
  • Different ways to communicate groove
Whole notes
  • Guitar feel in RH (dotted 8th – dotted 8th – 8th tied to half note)
  • LH thumb
  • Arpeggiated
  • Rely on percussion or other instruments
  • Chord to chord
  • Section to section
  • Growth over the song
  • Number of notes vs. force of attack
  • Sets people at ease.
  • Tempo, key, chords and notes…
Deliberate practice.
  • Geoff Colvin in Talent is Overrated: Designed to improve performance, high degree of repetition, immediate measurable feedback, mentally challenging, hard work
  • Metronome
  • Chord knowledge
  • Song knowledge
  • Practicing with others


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