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The Mason & Hamlin Debut

Not Just A Piano Debut

I finally had a chance this past weekend to experiment with camera and mic placement while recording my piano. Of course, the grand plans (no pun intended, honest!) I have for a multi-camera setup and awesome sound aren’t quite there yet. But with my friends all patiently waiting to hear the new piano, I’m momentarily setting aside my quest for perfection in order to debut my Mason & Hamlin.

The videos will be hosted on my YouTube channel which I created just for this purpose. I hope to post new videos on a regular schedule, but just exactly what “regular schedule” means remains to be seen. Weekly? That would be wonderful, but it’s probably a bit too ambitious at present. It shouldn’t take me all weekend to record, edit and post a video once I’m able to work out the details and define my workflow . Of course, I’ll have to find time to practice. Thus, Bach, Mozart and Mendelssohn will have to wait.

A Hymn Favorite

I’d like to first share a hymn arrangement I wrote many years ago, probably 1990. My wife and I were living in an apartment at the time. I was making regular trips down to the inner city mission to play for the services. I wrote this arrangement of “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” and it’s one of my favorites.

Oh, one last thing: I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t been practicing nearly as much as I should during the past few decades. I hope to change that, and having a piano that is a joy to play is great motivation to that end. My new typical daily routine is to practice for a couple hours when I get off work (it’s a great way to unwind and forget about all those long meetings). So be kind and ignore the mistakes. I promise I’ll try to hide them. 🙂


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