Educational Resources

January 14, 2019

Guitar Workshop videos posted

Last summer, our church hosted a guitar worskshop with Patrick Anderson, a guitarist, church musician, and educator. He covered a host of topics relating to playing the acoustic guitar in a church context, which was a great help to our music team and other who […]
November 14, 2018

“The Music and Faith of J.S. Bach”: Daniel Overly, pianist

Last weekend we had the privilege of hosting Dr. Daniel Overly, a Fellow in collaborative piano at Yale. In addition to being an outstanding pianist, Daniel is an articulate speaker who loves to talk all things Bach. Daniel performed an exquisite concert comprised entirely of […]
October 21, 2018

Playing from charts, part 4: Basic and alternate voicings

Previous posts Part 1: Introduction and stylistic function Part 2: Basic chord voicings Part 3: More basic chord voicings   Dear Nigel, I’ve written out basic voicings for 19 more songs, for a total of 31—one for every day of the month. These 31 songs […]
October 4, 2018

Playing from charts, part 3: More basic chord voicing

Previous posts Part 1: Introduction and stylistic function Part 2: Basic chord voicings Since this series of posts on playing from charts is actually written for the benefit of my students, I’m changing the format to a series of letters. Names have been changed to […]
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 […]