It’s true…there is no friend like Jesus The words to “No Not One” are a blessing to me but I like to dress up the accompaniment to bring the text to life.
I’m sharing another simple congregational accompaniment for “No Not One” (verse only). I like to alter the melody for variety and sometimes I’ll chord in place of the melody to avoid a “ploddy” tone or maybe for easier hand movement.
Click here to download: No Not One Example #2
Right hand: beat two and three (altered melody) Just played a stepwise movement contrary to the melody…adding a nice contrast in sound. Beat four: played a G inverted quarter note chord in place of two eight notes for the words “is so”. Why? Easier hand movement leading into the next chord of measure #2
Right hand: beat one and two (played half note chord in place of two quarter notes for word: “lowly”. The melody notes for this word belong in the C chord so the C chord fit nicely.
I transferred the improvised (eighth note idea) from the right hand to the left hand for this second verse. To see verse one example, click on the link at the bottom of this page.
Where’s the melody?! It’s ok to wander away from the melody here and there to add extra spice! How do I come up with this idea? Well, first off…I know my chord structure for that measure which is…G chord, D7chord and back to a G chord for words: “No, not one!” I basically used a stepwise movement that included stepping tones within a G chord to a D chord and ended on a G chord. Now…for a challenge…try to apply this same improvising idea to another song.
Hmmm….I need to create another article to illustrate HOW to apply this last improvising idea to other hymns with similar structure. Once you apply an idea to several hymns…you will find yourself feeling more confident and you’ll begin to implement this idea into your own hymnplaying
Click here to see Example #1 for “No Not One” simple congregational accompaniment