Are you a church pianist that doesn’t know how to transpose? Do you choose hymns for prelude that are in the same key for this very reason? I have good news for you!
It is not always necessary to transpose from one song to the next if you go up a perfect fourth between each hymn. I’m providing a free prelude below but read the important info below before you hurry to print the free prelude.
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Going Up a Perfect 4th Interval From One Hymn to the Next Hymn:
What You Need to Know:
1. An interval is the distance between two notes
C to D is a 2nd interval because you count from 1 t0 2 to go from C to D.
C to E would be a 3rd interval and C to F a fourth.
2. Within every key/scale… the fourth interval is called a perfect fourth which consists of five half steps. So… from C to F is a perfect fourth. Why is it called a perfect fourth? Just accept it and go on or if you’re curious…check out the following links
Quick quiz in Creating Perfect Fourths:
What is 5 half steps (a perfect 4th) above F? Answer is: B flat (see picture below)
(Are you noticing that we’re going in order of the flat keys as we go up a 4th?)
The key of F Major has one flat, the key of B Flat Major has two flats. Cool!
Ok….so what is 5 half steps (a perfect fourth)… above B flat? You got it! E flat and the key of E flat has three flats.
Now…let’s apply this “no transposing” concept using the following hymns which are a perfect fourth apart for a nice topical prelude!
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Free Prelude for Church Pianists: