Learning how to use sheet music notation software has been a major learning curve for me. I’ve had moments where I enjoyed the process, and moments where I thought I might be wasting my time trying to master Finale! When it comes to writing out congregational accompaniment, I’ve really learned to love it. I work hands separately, studying the lyrics to add in improvisational elements that allow the text to shine. Writing out arrangements for the video courses is also super fun.
When it came to writing out the sheet music for the brand new piano album, I realized I was in over my head! When I play congregationally, each hand has a specific role that is quite clearly defined. In general, the right hand plays the melody, while the left hand incorporates a variety of fill-ins and rhythmic movements to provide the accompaniment. For the CD arrangements, however, I employed a much more artistic style. The arrangements weren’t spontaneous. I had developed them in a particular style that fit the theme of the album, “Haven of Rest.” They’re much more flowing, expressive arrangements than I would use when playing for a congregation to sing. I sat down with the first audio file, and after five hours of working, had only completed sixteen measures. That was discouraging, to say the least!
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