The Mason & Hamlin Debut

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

To keep the videos organized, I’ve started a new YouTube channel where I hope to post on a regular schedule. Just what “regular schedule” means remains to be seen. Weekly? That would be wonderful, but it’s probably a bit too ambitious at present. Once I get the details worked out and get my workflow defined, it shouldn’t take me all weekend to record, edit and post a video. Of course, there’s the actual practice time involved. Thus, Bach, Mozart and Mendelssohn will have to wait.

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. The hymn is “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 couple decades. I’m already working on changing 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. 🙂