Revive Us Again (FREE) piano arrangement

October 30th, 2014

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I was going to share a free sampling of left hand improvising ideas for Revive Us Again but I wound up writing a full verse and chorus of this challenging hymn.  It’s not a hard hymn to play but difficult to dress up for congregational singing.

The first line of the hymn is basically the same chord!  Most church pianists realize that they have to adhere to the chord structure in the hymnal when playing for congregational singing IF their congregation sings parts…to prevent chord clashes.  I can’t help but add chord substitutions on this hymn!  Our congregation doesn’t sing parts so I can have fun!  :)

I’m sharing several improvising ideas for Revive Us Again (congregational style).  I tried to liven up the 1st line of music by creating broken chord tones and alternating bass notes within the same chord. A broken chord tone pattern already exists in the hymnal version but offered a little different one and added a little more variety than the hymnal version.

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Congregational Collection #1 UPDATE

October 14th, 2014

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Just wanted to explain the lack of activity on my site…

I’m working on the final editing for my first set of ten congregationals (late intermediate to early advanced level).

I’m editing the fifth one this evening.  Keep in mind…I already have the first ten entered in Finale but re-hashing them to be as user friendly as possible!

Looking forward to publishing this first set!  I won’t give a deadline date but pushing myself to finish this project as soon as possible.

I will list the first five that I’ve edited:

All Hail the Power (with modulation!)

Blessed Assurance

I Love to Tell the Story

Praise Him! Praise Him!

Sweet By and By

 

Sacred Trumpet Solos!

October 7th, 2014

I was looking for sacred trumpet solo arrangements for our Pastor to play during the offering. I found the following books on one of my favorite sites: Sheet Music Plus.  I was able to “SAVE THEM FOR LATER” purchase on their site….LOVE that feature!

Top Choice: http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/the-sunday-instrumentalist-sheet-music/19932162

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/come-thou-fount-sheet-music/18421146?ac=1

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/instruments-of-glory-vol-2-sheet-music/18421458?ac=1

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/give-me-jesus-sheet-music/19642406?ac=1

I enjoy hearing our Pastor play his trumpet for offertory and glad to find books we would reasonably utilize!

Free Piano Arrangement: Showers of Blessing

October 3rd, 2014

With Thanksgiving right around the corner…I thought I’d share a free advanced piano prelude arrangement of “Showers of Blessing”.

Notice the tempo marking at the beginning.  The rate of speed makes the difference in this piece!  I didn’t realize how much activity there was in my prelude playing until penning this particular one to paper. Wow!  No wonder I’m tired after preludes!  ;)

*You can download the pdf version and hear complete audio  at the bottom of this article.

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*Click on title to download pdf version of this free piano arrangement:

“Showers of Blessing”

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Saved, Saved! Free Congregational Accompaniment Excerpt

September 11th, 2014

I’m trying to decide whether or not to  periodically stray from the melody in the congregational accompaniments I’m working on for publication.   I can’t help myself!  It’s more fun to stray from the melody as in the following free congregational accompaniment (excerpt) of Saved, Saved!

This is more of how I would play for congregational singing for Saved, Saved.  (The written music below is the same as the recording)  :)

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Click here to download your free copy of “Saved, Saved!” congregational accompaniment verse excerpt!

 

Latest Products for September 4, 2014

September 4th, 2014

I just wanted to let my readers be aware of the latest products published in our online music store.  The following arrangements are also available in the Funeral Hymn Collection that was published earlier this summer.

Does Jesus Care
Does Jesus Care
Early advanced sacred piano solo, 2 & 1/2 pgs. *Also available in the Funeral Hymn Collection

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Price: $2.50
Rock of Ages
Advanced sacred piano solo, 2 pgs.Approx. 1:28 Excellent for short offertory or funeral prelude. Very flowing piece.

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Trusting Jesus Medley
An early advanced piano solo of two well-known hymns: "Simply Trusting with Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus". Use for offertory or funeral prelude. 5 pgs. *Also available in the Funeral Hymn Collection.

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Price: $3.95

Pianist with Small Hands: Inspiring Article & Video!

September 4th, 2014

Even though I’m not a small handed pianist…I sometimes experience the feeling of having small hands due to challenging passages in music.  While in high school I would always roll a 10th in the left hand.  However…after playing a 10th with a gentle “rolled” movement over time….I found that I had stretched my left hand span and soon began playing solid 10ths!

While researching pianists with small hands, I came across the following inspiring article and video!

Click here to read how this small handed pianist overcame his limitation before hearing him in the video below:

Awkard Hymns for Pianist: Saved, Saved!

September 2nd, 2014

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In my opinion, “Saved, Saved!” is one of the most awkward hymns to play for the church pianist.

It pays to have large hands for this song! Lots of octave spreads!  But…there IS an art to playing repetitive octaves in a relaxed touch…making it easier on the hand.  (I learned this art by playing classical music with lots of octave action!)

Classical music helps to develop SO many technical moves which can aid the church pianist in hymn playing. (another post!)

To be honest…I  leave out a lot of melody on this particular hymn when accompanying the congregation…freeing up the hand  to provide more of a  supportive accompaniment and to prevent awkward hand movements.

I didn’t stray too far from the melody in this version to prevent church pianists from getting disoriented. (Hee hee) Want a challenge? I’ll have to share the FUN version another time.

I will share a couple of tips via video soon for the following free pdf of “Saved, Saved!” (congregational accompaniment: verse excerpt)

Click here to download “Saved, Saved!” congregational accompaniment excerpt

Who wants the FUN version sampler?  (VERY advanced)

 

The Love of God (alternative fill-ins)

August 18th, 2014

I know…not all church pianists have big hands like Rachmaninoff!  With that in mind…I created alternative fill-ins for the runs in The Love of God advanced piano solo that I just published a couple days ago.

I hope these alternative fill-ins will be more user-friendly for those with small hands.  The whole piece is really written for a pianist with large hands but maybe those of you with smaller hands can adapt this arrangement with these alternative fill-ins.

Click here to download alternative fill-ins

 

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The Love of God: Advanced Piano Solo: Published!

August 15th, 2014

Just published the sheet music for the advanced piano solo of “The Love of God”.

I love to play runs as you will notice in this arrangement.  I guess you could say this arrangement is “overrun” with runs ;)

Seriously,  I tried to bring the words to life in this beautiful hymn.

“The love of God is greater far Than tongue or pen can ever tell;

It goes beyond the highest star And reaches to the lowest hell.

The guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave His Son to win;

His erring chile He reconciled And pardoned from his sin.

Chorus:

The love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong!

It shall forevermore endure, The saints’ and angels song.

 The touching message of verse three was found written on the wall of an insane asylum….penned by a male patient.  These soul-stirring words were discovered  at the time of his death.

“Could we with ink the ocean fill, And were the skies of parchment made,

Were ev’ry stalk on earth a quill, And ev’ry man a scribe by trade,

To write the love of God above Would drain the ocean dry;

Nor could the scroll contain the whole, Tho’ stretched from sky to sky.”

What an awesome message all wrapped up in one verse!  I would venture to say this man was in his right mind when he composed this heart warming message.

The Love of God (NEW)
Advanced sacred piano solo, 3 pgs. Approx. time length: 2:07 Youtube video below of entire arrangement
Price: $3.50

Hear complete arrangement on my youtube channel

*Special note:  I will be providing an article with free fill-in alternatives for the runs to those who prefer the less busy passages :)

 

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