Playing Gospel Piano: The Basics

With Examples from Lift Every Voice and Sing II

Carl MaultsBy

May/2003, 78 Pages, Paperback, 8.5 x 11

ISBN-13: 9781640655454

Have you ever wished you could play piano in the spirited and rhythmic gospel style? This book will help you get started.

Carl MaultsBy gives a brief history of the gospel style and describes the techniques used to embellish printed music. Ten written arrangements of selections from the popular gospel music standard, Lift Every Voice and Sing II from Church Publishing have been provided to give the accompanist additional practice in the style.

Carl MaultsBy is the musician at the historic St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. He has been a member of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music. MaultsBy is founder of Rejoicensemble! a not-for-profit chamber vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance, preservation, and development of African American sacred music, and dedicated to developing and showcasing the works of contemporary African American composers. He holds a DFA in music and mathematics, and a Masters in Jazz/Commercial Composition from Manhattan School of Music. He has written for Broadway, film, and television including an HBO special on Harry Belafonte. He is in demand as a composer, choral director, and workshop leader. He lives in Orlando, Florida.

"This book fills a very large need - and fills it well: church musicians have longed for a book that both clearly and richly could introduce them to the art of authentic Gospel piano playing. Any person who can play hymns in a 'traditional manner' can learn from this well thought-through book, how to play them in a convincing Gospel manner. Bravo to Carl MaultsBy for a job well done!"—Ed Green,Professor of Jazz Composition, Manhattan School of Music, New York

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