Sunday, March 30, 2014

Another Tweak

Our choir is learning the SAB of Be Still My Soul. Since the "F" in measure 11 was a little high for the Basses, I have written an alternate note in the score.

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New Recording of Be Still My Soul

Oh! It is so nice to be able play through my music and record it with feeling!

I am working down the list of arrangements and solos one at a time. I should get to your favorite - whatever it is - in the next few weeks.

In the mean time:

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

Monday, March 17, 2014

New and Improved Arrangement!

Yes! All Creatures of Our God and King is updated and is now posted. In my opinion it is going to be fun, fun fun to sing!

Let me know what you think.

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Why, Oh Why Do I Do This To Myself?

OK, So I'm going through all the hymn arrangements and making new audio files for the ones with the mechanical playbacks. I'm learning the new recording and editing equipment nicely, thank you. But as I'm playing through them, I think, "Oh, I need to extend this ending just a bit." and "Oh, I need to simplify this verse."

I just can't leave well enough alone!

However, having said that, I still like the new version of All Creatures of Our God and King better. Yes - an extended ending and a more interesting third verse. I think anyway.

So, give me a few days to finish the notation and the new recording and I will post it.

But anyway:
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Who is Ready For Christmas?

Yes, Christmas comes around every year and it is never too soon to start thinking about Choir Music for your next Christmas Program!

I just posted an SAB arrangement of the traditional melody of Away In a Manger. It has a soft lullaby counter-melody throughout the piece. Since our choir has so few men, I wrote it once again for SAB.

Also, this is the first piece I recorded using new equipment for the playback. The good news - It sounds human instead of computer generated. Plus I can play all the holds and retards as they should be played. The bad news - I am still learning the new equipment and there are a few ragged sounding places where I didn't get the voices matched up perfectly with the accompaniment. I am sure I will get better as I go along.
Thanks for your patience!

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

More Recordings to Come

OK, Fun Pianos Solos recorded. Now to start on the Choir arrangements...

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Improved playbacks! (I hope)

I am working on the playbacks of a few of the arrangements and piano solos to give them a more human feel. Since my mechanical playback sounds um, well, mechanical, I will be replacing them with recordings done by an actual person - me. I have invested in some recording equipment and, depending on how long it takes me to figure out how to use it, you will hear new versions of some arrangements.

I will keep the instrumentals done by Martin Pracher, since I feel I can not improve on those, but I feel that many others need to be redone.

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!