Dan Kreider

August 8, 2018

Playing from charts, part 2: Basic chord voicing

Previous posts Part 1: Introduction and stylistic function Basic chord voicing [[For sake of brevity, I’m going to jump right into using chord symbols. If you need help with those, you can skim through this helpful chord primer.]] The first and most basic question pianists […]
August 6, 2018

Playing from charts, part 1: Introduction and stylistic function

I believe there continues to be a need for a systematized approach to teaching pianists how to play from charts. By “charts,” I mean both chord charts (lyrics and chords only) and lead sheets (single-staff scores with melody, lyrics, chords, and sometimes thematic melodic lines […]
July 25, 2018

A Dorico Review

One month ago, after following its development from a distance for a year or so, I downloaded a free trial of Dorico. And today, when my trial expired after a thirty-day test drive, I immediately purchased a license. Dorico has exceeded my expectations in every […]
May 31, 2018

Digital hymnal and Finale files now available!

Our second edition of our church’s hymnal, Sing the Wonders, is being finalized for print production. Estimated shipping date for the physical hymnals (both pew edition and spiral-bound edition) is August. Meanwhile, we’re pleased to make the digital resources available now for purchase online! You can […]
March 28, 2018

Hymnal project update

I’m happy to announce that the Kickstarter campaign for the second edition of our hymnal is close to being fully funded! The number of hymnals we print will depend on how much initial funding we raise. All backers who purchase the pew edition will receive […]
January 6, 2018

Why I’m Not a Worship Leader

I lead the music ministry at my church. My role as a musician has several facets. I plan—and arrange, if needed—the music we use. I lead weekly rehearsals for the singers and instrumentalists. Under the guidance of the elders, I set the ideological and philosophical […]