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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.