Welcome to Hymnprovisation.com
Your online resource for all things related to effective and appropriate hymn playing.
Hymnprovisation (verb):”The art of taking a hymn or gospel song, and improvising on the written parts, in order to effectively convey the message”.
For far too long, musicians have been trained only to play what is written on the page. As most hymns and gospel songs have only the voice parts written, effective accompaniment requires one to think a little outside the confines of the written notes when accompanying.
On this site, you will find sheet music, articles, blog posts, links to other resources, videos, sound bytes, classes and workshops, and eventually, an entire book on this subject which I am in the process of writing. I may from time to time, post a link to videos that demonstrate a point. Please understand that I am not necessarily endorsing it, only using it as an example. You are free to turn it off if it’s offensive.
By way of introduction, I have been playing hymns and gospel songs in church for over 20 years, and while by no means am the most accomplished pianist (far from it), I have been able to pick up a few things here and there from others and apply them to playing hymns and gospel songs in churches. Lately, I’ve been asked to teach some of these things to others who play in church as well. This website’s purpose is to share some of these with you in hopes that you too, might be able to take a hymn, gospel song, or really any other music as written, and easily apply the techniques that are available to play the message of the song.
Our first and foremost allegiance is to the Chief Musician, and King of kings, The Creator of mankind, of nature, and of this wonderful thing we call music! Music was designed to bring Him glory, honor, and praise. It is Him we seek to glorify, not we ourselves.