Pianist with Small Hands: Inspiring Article & Video!
Even though I’m not a small handed pianist…I sometimes
experience the feeling of having small hands due to challenging passages
in music. While in high school I would always roll a 10th in the left
hand. However…after playing a 10th with a gentle “rolled” movement over
time….I found that I had stretched my left hand span and soon began
playing solid 10ths!
While researching pianists with small hands, I came across the following inspiring article and video!
Now, it's time to take notes for improvement or to record
things we'd like for future programs.
Here are several things to remember when making that list:
*Start practicing early enough in the year to compensate
for missed practices due to revivals or other special meetings
that require extra preparedness for the choir.
*Did everyone have their cues in order for things to run smoothly?
(Sound crew needs a script to turn mics on and off at the right time)
*Have Pastor make necessary announcements the evening of the
program to ensure a smooth and peaceful night in the congregation.
(Example: nursery provided for young ones, no flash photography, etc.)
*Video camera should be in a place ABOVE the congregation to avoid
catching glimpses of people leaving or coming during program which
can block view of performance. Our whole purpose for videoing is
to capture memories and to eventually show the choir sometime in
the near future. Seeing their performance will excite them...
as they get a chance to see and truly experience the program as a
whole. The video also gives us something to view after the fact
to see how to improve. We all need to strive to do our very best to
communicate God's message of salvation.
These are just a few things to think over for next year's
Adequate preparedness results in a more effective gospel message.
The following Bible verse keeps me in focus...
Colossians 3:23 "And whatsoever ye do, do it HEARTILY,
as to the Lord, and not unto men."
I'll never forget the most embarrassing moment I had as a young
church pianist at the age of fifteen. I was playing for the invitation and the sustain pedal broke.
I can still remember the song I was playing..."Just as I Am".
All I could hear was"Plunk plunk plunk... plunk plunk plunk plunk....."
My dad was the song leader and he just gave me this "what is going on?" look.
I tried acting like nothing was wrong but it was just TOO obvious :)
Needless to say...the invitation seemed a little shorter that day.
Anybody else have an embarrassing moment as church pianist
that you're willing to share? Feel free!
I've been a church pianist for the past 33 years and enjoy teaching hymn improvisation.
My latest published work is entitled "Showers of Blessing"...a collection of very early intermediate sacred piano arrangements.
It's also been fun to write for my piano students over the years.
My husband eagerly supports my musical endeavors.