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