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I decided to share for FREE….transitions for an Easter prelude.
A late intermediate to early advanced church pianist would benefit most from this IF they already know how to improvise hymns from the hymnal.
The following PDF includes four hymns that I printed from Timeless Truths Free Online Library.
Keep in mind that the hymns in the following Easter prelude are taken from a hymnal as is but I’ve also included a separate sheet which includes the transition for each song in the prelude collection. (These hymns are in the correct keys to match the transition sheet below.)
Easter Prelude Contents:
There is a Fountain (B flat Major)
When I See the Blood (C Major)
Since I Have Been Redeemed (F Major)
Glory to His Name (G Major)
Hopefully this helps the church pianist who has difficulty with adding transitions/modulations between hymns during a prelude.
Just finished final editing on “Haven of Rest” I added the lyrics to this arrangement as a checkpoint amidst all the runs!
I hope to publish it by no later than tomorrow….unless I’m called away to help with grandkids…..expecting our first grandaughter any day now
Sorry I haven’t posted much lately but have battled different sicknesses since January and now I have the shingles
I’m working on an advanced sacred piano solo that will be available for FREE.
Medleys are my favorite piano specials and looking forward to sharing this particular arrangement entitled “Haven of Rest w/ Wonderful Peace”.
The hand-written version is almost complete!
Sorry for the delay in posting…our household has been down with the stomach bug.
Here is the excerpt of Isn’t the Love of Jesus Something Wonderful which I shared with my hymn playing student last week. The left hand ideas resemble the improvisation I shared in the free piano prelude arrangement of “I Am Resolved”.
It’s always helpful to see the same ideas in several different keys and songs of like nature for ample reinforcement.
(Due to the copyright still active on this hymn…I could only share a portion as stated in the “fair use” copyright law.)
Having said that…if I could have shared more…I would have branched out the right hand an octave higher during the chorus to stretch my student’s playing ground.
Special note: When trying to apply the above left hand ideas… choose hymns of like nature (same time signature; similar rhythmic structure; peppy mood).
I lied! I said I would publish at least the verse of I Am Resolved tonight…wound up finishing the chorus too…but don’t think you’ll mind
I’ve been working on fill-ins with my most advanced hymn playing student. She plays for chapel at school and has also begun to play for church when the main pianist (her mom) is out of town or sick. She’s doing a great job but has such a zeal to advance her hymn playing. Well….LOVE helping her with that!
Below is a result of her lesson this week
Working on “I Am Resolved” prelude arrangement for one of my hymnprovising students. She was asking about different left hand fill-ins because of all the repeated bass notes so…I was just going to jot down a few ideas for her and wound up writing the whole verse! Guess that means I need to write out the chorus too.
I’ll share the verse hopefully by this evening (once I enter it into Finale).
This particular student is needing to expand her right hand playground area. She has always played right hand in the middle area of the keyboard. I’m gradually conditioning her to broaden the right hand playing area… as you’ll notice towards the end of the verse.
My student and I laughed as I observed her trying to improvise on her own…playing the right hand an octave higher. The funny part was she had no idea what to do with her left hand at that point since she had all that extra space!
She WILL improve as she broadens her horizon! I look forward to working with her at this stage of her hymn playing and plan to share with you all… what we do each week.
Look forward to sharing the first part of a free piano prelude arrangement soon!
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I love finding resources for church pianists! One of my music composer friends, Mary Lynn Van Gelderen, recently published a CD of devotional piano music entitled “I’d Rather Have Jesus“. Several of the selections are beautifully orchestrated by composer Samuel Joshua.
Hear samples of “I’d Rather Have Jesus CD” HERE
See Mary Lynn Van Gelderen play “Life Again!, ” featured on the CD…written by Mary Lynn and her husband John R. Van Gelderen. Click HERE
Here is a list of each piano solo arrangement (Special note: Three of the selections are available as choral arrangements only) *All of the printed piano arrangements can be purchased through Gentle Praise.
Life Again! (choral or free pdf of hymnal version)
I’d Rather Have Jesus (pdf instant download)
No Not One (pdf instant download)
Were You There? (pdf instant download)
Jesus Paid it All (available in the future)
Help Me Win the Lost (choral)
It Is Well (pdf instant download)
The Old Fashioned Way/Whiter Than Snow Medley (coming soon as a free download)
Pentecostal Power (available in the book “Have Thine Own Way” by Mary Lynn Van Gelderen)
Great is Thy Faithfulness (not available at this time)
Little is Much (pdf instant download)
Have Thine Own Way (available in the book “Have Thine Own Way” by Mary Lynn Van Gelderen)
Knowing Christ (choral)
My Country Tis of Thee (available soon in a new collection by Mary Lynn Van Gelderen and Samuel Joshua)
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Gentle Praise is an excellent resource for the church pianist!
I’m looking forward to sharing a resource for church pianists this coming week!
This will involve a drawing for a CD giveaway as well!
My latest music writing activities:
Beginning a new advanced Christmas piano solo….not telling the name of the song just yet until I know it’s going to work out
Also working on several songs by Mina Olgesby that have never been in print. Excited about this opportunity!
And in my spare time….trying to finish my first congregational arrangement booklet (it will contain ten songs)!