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HYMNS & CHORALES

      ~ The most valuable resources for sight-reading are four-part chorales by J.S. Bach and traditional church hymns. ~  

                          ~ Bach chorales and church hymns are like the "vitamins and minerals" of piano playing. ~


Dr. Cory Hall is the world's leading proponent of playing Bach's beautiful four-part chorales on the piano, which are featured prominently in his bestselling book, Sight-Reading & Harmony (Hardcopy or PDF), as well as in The BachScholar® Piano Method (currently being developed in WRP). Cory has many years' experience as a church pianist and organist and places a high value on the practicing and playing of church hymns (which are less difficult than Bach chorales). The regular practice of quality church hymns (such as the ones selected for WRP) have a myriad of benefits that extend far beyond just sight-reading, which contribute to the making of a complete musician. Practicing hymns teach pianists how to:

      • play with a singing tone and shape melodic phrases
      • maintain a slow but steady beat
      • employ ritardandi tastefully (that is, slowing down slightly at the end of phrases)
      • use the damper pedal correctly
      • play with flexible fingers ("yoga" for the fingers)
      • use intelligent "economy of motion" and play with little effort
      • apply slightly different fingerings as needed 
      • understand musical harmony (i.e., "music theory") and thus read music more fluently
      • enjoy and revel in simple melodies and beautiful harmonies with no need to be a "virtuoso" 
      • and much more......

Each hymn performance and tutorial on WRP (which are not publicly available on YouTube), supplies sheet music embedded into the video, such as these two examples from Ralph Vaughan Williams' edition of "The English Hymnal" (1906). Cory's slow and deliberate playing of hymns combined with sheet music snippets (and the ability to slow down the recording with speed control) makes the learning of hymn playing on piano as easy as it gets! Simply follow the two steps below to begin! 

1.  DOWNLOAD HUNDREDS OF THE GREATEST CHURCH HYMNS HERE FOR FREE!!

2.  JOIN THE WELL-ROUNDED PIANIST TO LEARN FROM DR. HALL'S INSTRUCTIONAL HYMN VIDEOS!!



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