The DVD – Theory for Church Pianists
The goal of any pianist should be to use his talents to serve God. Greg Howlett makes that easier with his DVD course for early-advanced students, Theory for Church Pianists. The first of an 11-part course on church piano techniques, these lessons make church playing accessible to the serious piano student.
In Theory for Church Pianists, concert pianist and recording artist Greg Howlett explains foundational theory concepts necessary for understanding and executing improvisational performance techniques. In a simple, conversational style, Greg takes the mystery out of scales, intervals, chords, progressions, and functional harmony. In this preliminary course, he thoroughly explains the importance of each concept, so the student is motivated to master each lesson and fully grasp each principle before moving on. This is theory that goes beyond the typical piano method workbook; this is, as Greg says, “theory you will actually use.”
Theory for Church Pianists is easy to watch. Taped in the artist’s living room, the lessons have a comfortable, casual feel, very much like an informal piano lesson. Greg is easy to understand and enjoyable for students and adults to listen to. He demonstrates the concepts on his grand piano with an easy-to-follow digital keyboard read-out at the bottom of the screen. There are 5 hours of teaching on the DVD, easily broken up into smaller, 20-30 minute mini-lessons. Workbook pages, referred to and introduced in the lesson, re-enforce the new concepts.
As a private piano teacher for over 15 years and a church pianist for over half of that, I was excited to hear about this course. I watched the lessons with my son to observe both Greg’s teaching style and how easily my 12-year-old picked up the new material. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the lessons are so thorough, little or no additional explanation is necessary. And best of all, Greg de-mystified for me once and for all the secret of why we use certain chord progressions in church music. This is as enjoyable and useful as theory ever gets.
After completing Theory for Church Pianists, the student is prepared for Greg Howlett’s other courses on reharmonization, improvisation, and accompaniment. Best of all, the student is better prepared to use his talents for the glory of God.
The Author – Greg Howlett
Concert pianist and recording artist Greg Howlett has been studying and performing sacred music for over 28 years. As a young boy in Tennessee, he began playing in church at the age of 8. A committed Christian, Greg believes all music should communicate the nature of God. Besides recording over 30 hours of church music instruction on DVDs, Greg has recorded several sacred music CDs, one of which was previously featured on Whatever State I Am as my “favorite relaxing sacred music.” Greg lives in Monroe, Georgia, with his wife and four children.
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You can purchase Theory for Church Pianists from Greg’s website for only $99.95 ($89.95 for the downloadable version). BUT, with this special offer, you can enjoy 10% off your DVD course order! Simply use the code WSIA10 at checkout. Offer good through 5/31/11. While you are there, check out buying the complete set of church music courses at a 36% discount!
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