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Free Piano Arrangement of “O How I Love Jesus”

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

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Most church pianists find it a challenge to dress-up hymns such as “O How I Love Jesus”.  This particular hymn mainly consists of only two different chords the I and V chords)… with an occasional ii chord.

So…how to be creative with a hymn containing minimal chord changes?  I’m glad you asked!  🙂

(I’m currently working on a congregational piano arrangement book for church pianists that need more than the hymnal to play from.)

“O How I Love Jesus” is one of the ones I’m working on now.  The complete arrangement will have two verses.  Click below to download the first verse of “O How I Love Jesus” FREE!

Hopefully, the following free congregational arrangement will spark some creative ideas of your own.

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*Special note: The congregational hymns in my book will be in lower keys than the regular hymnal…making the hymns more singer-friendly.

Calvary Covers it All: Free fill-in Ideas

Friday, May 17th, 2013

One of my readers recently requested that I maybe share some fill-in ideas for Calvary Covers it All.

Unfortunately, this hymn is still under copyright so I can only legally share a portion of the hymn.

This particular hymn holds a word for five counts in four different places and then six beats for the final word.

Below, are some fill-in ideas for the verse of “Calvary Covers it All”.

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Hymnprovising Tip: Like a River Glorious (line two)

Monday, May 6th, 2013

If you read the previous article on “Like a River Glorious” then the following will make sense.

I’m sharing a way that the right hand can climb back down the ladder after playing an octave higher during the first sentence of “Like a River Glorious”.

To read the previous article, click HERE.

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Hymnprovising Tip for Church Pianists

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Here’s a quick tip that would make any church pianist sound much fuller when playing from the hymnal.

When improvising from the hymnal, the pianist can make the hymn sound fuller by playing 4 note chords in the right hand….allowing more space for the left hand to improvise.

“Like a River Glorious” is a great hymn to apply this idea…since the rhythm isn’t real busy…making it easier to maneuver.

The first two measures in the example below demonstrates the standard five-part style hymnplaying (3 notes in the right hand and 2 notes in the left hand).

The final two measures show the right hand playing an octave higher to allow room for the 4-note style in the right hand.  One of my teachers from years back taught me the idea of playing a phrase in one general area and then gradually climbing back down or up (whichever the case may be) for variety.

Next time, I’ll show you a fun way the right hand can climb back down to the middle of the piano for the next phrase of “Like a River Glorious”.

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Free Piano Arrangement: Let Him Have His Way With Thee

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

One of my readers recently requested some arranging ideas for “Let Him Have His Way With Thee”. She said she hasn’t been able to find a piano arrangement of this particular hymn.  So…I wrote a quickie for you all that will hopefully be a nice addition to your “free piano” arrangement collection 🙂

Click on song title to download your free piano arrangement of…

“Let Him Have His Way With Thee”

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Come Thou Fount (free ladies’ arrangement)

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Just thought I’d share a video of our small ladies’ ensemble singing “Come Thou Fount”.

You can download this arrangement for free.  Just click on the tab “Free PDF Hymns” at the top of this page to download your free copy of “Come Thou Fount”.

 

 

Free Congregational Piano Arrangement: Christ Arose

Friday, March 29th, 2013

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“Christ Arose” is a very well-known hymn that most churches only use around Easter.  We use this beautiful hymn periodically throughout the year as a reminder of Christ’s glorious resurrection.

Robert Lowry, a well-known hymn composer/preacher, wrote “Christ Arose”

Click on song title below to download your free congregational arrangement:

Christ Arose in B Flat

Christ Arose in A Flat (lower)

 

 

 

Free Easter Congregational Arrangement Tomorrow!

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

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I had to write a few congregational arrangements in a hurry this week for a couple of our church pianists to play this Sunday.  Since that took up the majority of my music writing time…I’ll share one of those arrangements with my readers tomorrow 🙂

 

 

Timeless Truths: Free Online Library of Hymns

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

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Timeless Truths, an online resource, containing public domain hymns has a feature that church pianists will love!   Simply go to their site and search a hymn by title.  The page for the hymn will show the words on the right column.  Scroll down and look for the choice in left column that says “View Scorch sheet music” and click on it.

The sheet music for the hymn will appear (if you have downloaded scorch player). If not…it can be done for free.  The nice thing about viewing the music with scorch player is you’re given the chance to transpose the hymn to any key you desire before printing it for free!  Just look for the (2 flats symbol) at the top of the music  and click it.  A small box will appear allowing you to choose how far down or up you want to  transpose.

Click here to go to Timeless Truths: Free Online Library of Hymns

 

Upcoming Article: Key Changes for Prelude on the “Blood of Jesus”

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

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Just wanted you all to know I’m still alive and working on the next article as well as future articles that I’m excited about!

Tomorrow, I plan to share a free sheet containing key changes for a thematic prelude on the “Blood of Jesus”.  I love creating transitions and key changes between hymns during prelude or the Lord’s Supper.  I will share some EASY key changes soon…stay tuned!  🙂

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