- Series: Hal Leonard Keyboard Style
- Paperback: 88 pages
- Publisher: Hal Leonard; Pap/Dwn edition (July 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1423429680
- ISBN-13: 978-1423429685
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Worship Piano: Hal Leonard Keyboard Style Series Paperback – July 1, 2017
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Kauflin appears to have aimed his book at the intermediate level, though more advanced players will find insightful perspectives. He has the average keyboardist playing in a worship band in mind.
Readers should find the book structure and formatting crisp and accessible. Sprinkled throughout are numerous excellent guidelines concerning the kinds of practical adjustments needed in order to play effectively in a worship band. As a result, the chord spacings and textures are leaner, less full, with less doubling than you will find in many keyboard books. He also addresses spiritual attitudes/qualities required.
Using well-known, current worship songs, contemporary rhythms and fills are illustrated. I found his comments on “being aware of the audio spectrum” engaging and spot on.
He begins with basic chords and inversions. He utilizes added second chords. He explains slash chords such as the “four over five” (which he calls “The flat seven slash chord”) and the “one over four” chord (which he calls the “Major seven slash chord”). These are important contemporary sonorities that classical musicians may not know.
The back cover summarizes the 86 pages well. I wish the book were longer, which would have allowed for a more detailed development. That said, pianists will be blessed by many practical concepts which are fleshed out in physical notation and in the accompanying sound tracks. Perhaps even more importantly, keyboardists will garner valuable keyboard advice and direction from a knowledgeable professional. In short, the book will point you in productive ways to take immediate action.
Get it! Work on it for the glory of God! Grow!
Dr. Barry Liesch
I HIGHLY recommend you get to know Bob's WHOLE music ministry at Sovereign Grace. This is only a SMALL part of his ministry! Learn from his videos, workshops, written music, recorded music, etc.! He's a really blessing the church!
As a classically trained pianist, I worry whether my chord chart interpretations are creative or musical enough. This step-by-step guide answers a lot of questions.
Thank you, Bob!