I'm absolutely LOVING the Essentials of Great Hymn Arrangement course.
My 1st experience watching Yoke Wong teach in depth an actual course, other
than the wonderful clips in newsletters, YouTube, etc. Her emphasis is on teaching through examples, carefully explained step by step for even the beginner to grasp. Then the student is left to work through each technique,
play the examples, then apply the theory behind it to create his/her own
improvisation, runs,fills, etc..and apply to other songs. While I'd love to
see sheets of all the lovely improvisation that flows from her spontaneously
I do understand the greatest benefit comes from her approach: watch, learn
work through, then take off flying on our own & have fun! This is an
EXCELLENT and COMPREHENSIVE course, by a TOP NOTCH INSTRUCTOR! Hoping there
will one day be a Hymn Arrangement II aimed more toward the intermediate
level, but in any case, I'd jump on any other hymn sequel, or even one on
Country Style Piano by Yoke Wong. My focus is evangelistic gospel, mixing
with ballad style, with a bit some country tossed in where appropriate! I
think Yoke Wong is queen of such a style. Tho the Definitive Improvisation
course covers much more than my chosen field, now that I've seen how she
teaches, will probably order it next, knowing there'll be plenty to learn
and adapt. What a joy to have Yoke Wong as a welcome guest in my living
room, right on my bench, available 24/7..totally charming, inspirational,
and what I need most, so easy to learn from! I give this course the highest
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Reviewed by: JudyRae from North Carolina, USA.