Of all the questions I receive about hymn-playing techniques, how to do arpeggios tops the list. This beautiful, flowing piano technique can add so much to your hymn-playing, but many hymn-players feel overwhelmed about knowing when to add arpeggios, how to make them clean (instead of sloppy), how fast to play them, how many octaves, and more.
While arpeggios are challenging to master, they are well-worth the effort. They add so much to your improvisational technique.During the video below, I recommend that you practice your scales along with arpeggios. The most thorough scale book I have found is The Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios and Cadences. Here’s a link to purchase it on Amazon.
While practicing technique may seem tedious, it is vital to developing good finger control and mobility while playing. In addition, learning all of your chords and cadences will help you be a versatile musician, confident in all keys.
Take time to learn to read the music. If you primarily play by ear, get a good beginner method series (some are written for adults, and move along quite quickly), and master the notes. Committing 15-20 minutes a day to practice will be key to your success.