Tips For Being A Better Church Pianist

Tips For Being A Better Church Pianist

Even if you’ve been playing the piano for years and consider yourself to be an expert piano player, there are some things you should consider in order to become a church pianist. Church music is designed to add to the choir and the service, not dominate. 

To be a better church pianist:

Puts heart into the musicTips For Being A Better Church Pianist

Church music needs to be soothing and relaxing. It doesn’t need to be difficult or complex. Work with other members to develop a program that enlightens the topics at hand. If you play joyfully and from the heart, it will show in the final results. 

Practice, practice, practice

During a service, there will be a lot of distractions. You’ll be accompanying singers as well as following leads from other members of the program. Practice in advance so that you know your music really well. Be comfortable with the surroundings so you can be more flexible in the way you play. 

Learn the songs

Because the choir and the band often follow a pianist’s lead, it’s important to come out strong in your performance. Start with songs you know and are familiar with. Work them to the point that you play them well. Then continue to add songs over time. If you memorize chords, there is less likelihood of making mistakes. 

Choose appropriate songs

Like any music, church music has different tones. Light and uplifting or powerful and to the point all bring different meaning to a service. Be sure you match the tone of the day to add even more to a service. 

Be creative

Being creative is a part of a pianist’s nature. But that doesn’t mean you have to make things overly difficult. Simple transitions can often be the best to build interesting bridges between songs and music. 

Play to complement the voice

In many cases, you won’t be the sole sound. You’ll be complementing voices in the choir or even other instruments. Be aware that you are a part of a team. Practice to ensure the right voice appears at the right time. 

All churches have different services and arrangements, so it’s important to be enthusiastic and energetic as you approach each new service. You’ll quickly become an integral part of the team.