Archive for the ‘Funerals’ Category

Day by Day (sacred piano arrangement)

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

I’ve been in the writing mood ever since our recent snowstorm. (Guess I need more snowstorms to blow in) 😉

Just wrote this early intermediate sacred piano arrangement of Day by Day for one of my teenager lady students who plays in church quite often.  I’ve been grooming her for church pianist material 🙂

She’s been needing an offertory requiring minimal practice… because she’s already trying to learn a new congregational song I gave her recently on top of reviewing all the ones she’s learned.

Remember the two congregational collections I published?  Well, I’ve been writing early intermediate level for some of them along the way and Hannah (the student I’m speaking about)  plays for congregational singing when I’m out of town.

She recently had to cover the whole service on a moment’s notice this past Sunday night. (I wasn’t able to make it due to road conditions with snow and ice.) She said it went well….great experience for her!

Day by Day
Early intermediate sacred piano arrangement, 3 pgs.

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Price: $2.75

 

Grace Greater Than Our Sin: Early Advanced Piano Arrangement

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

As a church pianist, I’m always looking for offertories that don’t require alot of practice since I play quite often.  I also attend a small church so shorter offertories work best.

While snowed in this week, I decided to write and finish a piano hymn arrangement in one day like I use to when I first started this website.

Grace Greater Than Our Sin has been on my mind a lot lately, so decided to try writing an arrangement and the thoughts just flowed for a change!

Hope you enjoy this early advanced arrangement of “Grace Greater Than Our Sin with Amazing Grace”.

Grace Medley
Early advanced sacred piano solo, 4 pgs.

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Price: $3.95

 

 

Church Pianist News!

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

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I’m publishing a new early advanced piano arrangement tomorrow entitled, “Grace Medley”.

I’m snowed in and this arrangement was the result 🙂

Here’s a sneak preview…

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We Have a Saviour Who Cares by Mina Oglesby

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

VERY excited about this beautiful song, “We Have a Saviour Who Cares” by Mina Oglesby!

You and your congregation will be blessed by this heart-warming song which reminds believers of God’s constant presence in their  lives.

A very appropriate song for those going through a difficult time…who need that extra encouragement….to know that God cares!

The following video was recorded before the written arrangement took place so I will try to provide a more accurate recording asap but this will give you a general idea of the song.

We Have a Saviour Who Cares
Vocal solo or duet (medium range) 8 pgs. *Price covers two copies * No audio included. Video below. Heart-touching melody and words by Mina Ogelsby. You and your congregation will be encouraged by this uplifting song about God's abundant love. *See youtube video link below to hear this song. This recording took place before my written version on sale above..so it's not an exact note replication but close enough.
Price: $5.00
  *Solo or duet

 

 

We Have a Saviour Who Cares by Mina Oglesby

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

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Looking forward to publishing “We Have a Saviour Who Cares” by Mina Oglesby.

I’m working on the written arrangement of this duet.

Here’s a video clip of myself with a friend singing it at our church this past Sunday.  (The alto part will have a higher harmony in several spots for the final written version; just had to keep a low harmony throughout for my limited vocal range)

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Thursday, September 4th, 2014

I just wanted to let my readers be aware of the latest products published in our online music store.  The following arrangements are also available in the Funeral Hymn Collection that was published earlier this summer.

Does Jesus Care
Does Jesus Care
Early advanced sacred piano solo, 2 & 1/2 pgs. *Also available in the Funeral Hymn Collection

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Price: $2.50
Rock of Ages
Advanced sacred piano solo, 2 pgs.Approx. 1:28 Excellent for short offertory or funeral prelude. Very flowing piece.

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Trusting Jesus Medley
An early advanced piano solo of two well-known hymns: "Simply Trusting with Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus". Use for offertory or funeral prelude. 5 pgs. *Also available in the Funeral Hymn Collection.

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Price: $3.95

Piano Invitation Collection Sampler!

Friday, June 13th, 2014

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I know it has taken me a while on the piano invitation collection… but I’m VERY picky about my writing!  Sorry….but I want to do my best 🙂

The piano invitation collection (pdf format)  should be published by this Monday!  The level of the songs are late intermediate to early advanced.

While you’re waiting….listen to a sampler of the invitation collection…

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Amazing Grace & Saviour Like a Shepherd: Youtube

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

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I have posted audios for  my piano solo arrangements of Amazing Grace & Saviour Like a Shepherd (from the Funeral Collection).. on youtube.

Several of my readers have asked if I could post all of  the  arrangements from my Funeral Collection on youtube.  I will do so as time permits. Thanks for your interest!

These arrangements can also be used as offertories, vocal solos or violin specials! Saviour Like a Shepherd would also be appropriate for a wedding 😉

 

Playing for Funerals

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

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Playing for funerals is not the easiest task for a church pianist; especially if the deceased person was a close friend.  Over the past year, I’ve had to play at several funerals of people I knew very well.

God has given me the grace to make it through these funeral services. I like to play songs that comfort the family as well as myself.  I avoid too slow of a tempo on purpose…making it less of a sad tone and more bearable for the family.  Hymns with a medium tempo/mood such as Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus, He Hideth My Soul and Like a River Glorious are a few of what I call comforting tunes to play at such a time. Check out my piano funeral collection consisting of about 18 minutes playing time.

Several readers have emailed me lately asking for funeral tips.

Automatically I think of the prelude (music played before the funeral).  The length of the prelude can vary according to many factors.  For example, the last funeral I played for took place at a funeral home.  The family of the deceased person had many relatives that attended the viewing across the hall from the chapel.  The funeral home provided music over their intercom system during the viewing time.  We worked it out for me to start playing the prelude once the people started entering the chapel which was about twenty minutes prior to the service.

Playing for a funeral at a church can vary depending on if the viewing is held at the church or not.  At our church,  the sound man provides soft taped music in the background during the viewing and sometimes a little longer prior to the service;  to avoid having me play for an extended period of time.  The background music is just a collection of suitable recorded instrumental music from our church services.  I usually begin playing about 15 to 20 minutes before the service.

Unless you all do things differently,  the immediate family members start filing into the area of the funeral service right before time to start the service.  This is one of the most emotional times of the funeral.  I make sure I continue providing music during this difficult time to avoid an awkward time of silence. I finish playing when I see the last member of the family being seated or when the pastor looks at me and steps up to the pulpit to let me know he’s ready…whichever comes first.

Once again, at the end of the service, I begin playing when the family begins to exit and continue until the majority of the crowd disperses.

Some pianists have asked me where to expect the soloist(s) to sing.  Depending on the order of service, the special music can be placed just about anywhere. Here are  the different places I’ve seen vocal specials during a service:  at the beginning after family members are seated, after an initial welcome and remarks from pastor, after pastor’s message, after a prayer, for the conclusion of the service (especially if it was a favorite song of the deceased person).

Playing for a funeral service is the church pianist’s opportunity to minister to  both family and friends during a difficult time through God’s gift of music.

 

Piano Funeral Collection…Published!

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

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Just wanted to announce to my readers that the piano funeral collection is now available in the music store.

In the near future, the songs will also be sold separately.

Hear audio excerpts from several of the hymns below:

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The piano funeral collection is on sale now through March 29, 2013

Funeral Collection
Early advanced to advanced sacred piano solo collection. Song list: Amazing Grace, Saviour Like a Shepherd, Trusting Jesus Medley, Does Jesus Care, Rock of Ages, Like a River, He Hideth My Soul, Sweet by and by Medley, Wonderful Peace. *Key changes and song order included for the benefit of church pianists using this as a funeral prelude or offertory medleys. *Approximately 18 minutes playing time. *These songs will also be sold separately in the near future. Reminder: No audio included with collections.
Price: $14.00

 

 

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