It seems like every worship leader has a pianist who would LOVE to serve but is uncomfortable reading chord charts.
These pianists are no slouches. They’ve dedicated years of time and money to lessons and can read any sheet music you put in front of them.
Churches are FILLED with these types of piano players!
I think we’d all agree…
…it’s a shame that they can’t use their gifts simply because they’re not used to playing with a worship band.
Too often these pianists have been relegated to playing basic triads on the synth or accompanying the hymn sing for the senior’s class…simply because worship leaders don’t have a resource to bridge this gap!
One resource worship leaders will look to are “piano/vocal/guitar sheets,” but let’s be honest – these are kind of a joke!
I mean, doubling the melody, throwing some chords in, and adding a bass line for the left hand HARDLY makes for a usable piano part…not to mention reading modern, syncopated melody lines practically requires a doctorate in piano performance.
And if your pianist is comfortable taking these types of sheet music and “doing their own thing” with them…well, we know how that goes!
It’s hard to incorporate traditional pianists into a contemporary band…but it’s not impossible!
…and we can prove it!
Our piano scores are different…
Our piano scores are designed to bridge this stylistic gap.
They do that in three ways…
1. They’re ACTUAL piano accompaniment arrangements.
- They actually sound nice (whoa!)
- Instead of doubling the melody, they support the melody (novel idea hugh?)
- They’re musical creations written by musicians, not formulas written by machines
2. They match the style, rhythms, and dynamics of the original recordings.
- They don’t “straighten out” the groove or introduce new rhythms that clash with what the drummer or guitarist is doing
- If there’s already a piano part in the original recording, they’ll replicate it
- When you listen to these arrangements, they fit
- They’re natural
- They respect the original recording artist’s vision for the song
- And they’re usable
3. They work both within a band or by themselves.
- So maybe you need your pianist to play with the band. If he/she plays the scores as written, they won’t clash with the drummer, collide with the bassist, or color over the guitarist.
- Or if you’re going solo or just doing an acoustic set, these arrangements are hearty enough to capture the song’s energy and emotion and give the singers the support they need.
These scores are incredible teaching tools too. Not only are they a lesson in how to play worship style piano, each score comes with a video demo AND tutorial of the arrangement.
- So, if your piano player is helped by hearing how it sounds first, they can do that
- If you want to hear what it sounds like before making the purchase, you can
- If your pianist is struggling to master the piano score – especially the rhythmic parts – they can get a little extra help
- OR…if you want to alter the arrangement to make it easier or harder or just freshen it up a bit, there are suggestions for that in the tutorials too
WHY? To help worship leaders bridge the stylistic gap, enabling them to use all the musicians in their church and sing both old and new songs.
Check em out…
Passion (Kristian Stanfill)