The Piano in Contemporary Worship, Part 2

Here’s the second part of the pre-conference piano seminar I led at WorshipGod11, focused on playing with a band. Dave Campbell and Neil Stuckenschneider helped me out on guitar and bass. I’ve included the outlines notes after the video.

Playing with a Band

Be aware of the audio spectrum.

  • Guitars – 80-880 Hz
  • Bass – 40-260 Hz
  • Vocals – 110-660 Hz
  • Piano – 27-4200 Hz

Fills.

  • Distinct and memorable
  • Don’t tread on others
  • Octaves

Use your LH wisely.

  • With the bass player
  • Around the bass player
  • More with just a guitar, acting like a kick drum
  • Not at all

Acoustic piano vs. electric keyboard

  • More overtones with acoustic
  • Play less.
  • More dynamics possible with acoustic

Go to Part 3.

Go to Part 1.

11 Responses to The Piano in Contemporary Worship, Part 2

  1. karen engracia December 2, 2011 at 10:40 AM #

    this is so helpful. thank you very much.

  2. Steve Inman December 2, 2011 at 2:30 PM #

    Bob,

    Many, many thanks for posting these. Very well explained and demonstrated.

  3. Steve Inman December 2, 2011 at 3:07 PM #

    http://www.worshipmatters.com/2008/11/22/developing-arrangements-quickly-band-on-the-run-video/

    Bob referred to this post very briefly in a passing comment. I’m attaching the link here for reference.

    Enjoy,

    Steve Inman

  4. B. J. Barlow December 2, 2011 at 10:20 PM #

    I’ve passed your videos on to our worship band! Good stuff, friend! :)

  5. Rachael December 3, 2011 at 6:17 PM #

    Bob . . . thank you for this vid . . . very helpful. Do you think it’s a good idea to have the instrumentalists practice at a seperate time as the vocalists? Before/After? Would this help mesh the band?

  6. Josh December 14, 2011 at 8:41 PM #

    Hey Bob, thanks for the vid and the blog. In prepping new pianists to Church who have often played elsewhere sometimes the church environment is a challenge (especially in a new church plant) but there is some great stuff here!

    Josh

    LifeCity Church Canberra/Gungahlin

  7. John January 2, 2012 at 2:08 AM #

    Bob, very helpful resources, thanks.
    I was wondering if there is a vimeo for part 3. I can only find the mp3 version ?
    Thanks
    John

    • Bob Kauflin January 2, 2012 at 1:31 PM #

      John, I’ll be posting part 3 soon. Thanks for asking.

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