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Easy Free SATB Choir Arrangement: A Glorious Church

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

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I created this SATB choir arrangement of “A Glorious Church” just to have an easy one on hand. Our 30 minute choir rehearsals limit us on how much material we can cover. So…this arrangement came in handy!

I would eventually like to create a collection of easy choir arrangements like this.

Special note: I was short on time when I created the piano score for this arrangement…so I left out the men’s part.  The choir vocal score contains all the parts.

Click on the song titles below to download your FREE arrangement of this unison choir hymn.

 

A Glorious Church (choir vocal score)

 

A Glorious Church (piano score)

 

 

 

Just published! It is Well (choir with congregation) arrangement

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

I am VERY excited about this arrangement!  This particular arrangement has been in the making since December but took plenty of time to refine it before sharing the finished product.

It is Well takes on a whole new meaning to those who have heard the story behind the writing of this hymn.

Click on the following link to read about the heart-rending events that led to the writing of “It is Well”.  Only by God’s grace…this song was born.

It is Well (the story behind the song)

It is Well
Easy SATB choir with congregation arrangement. 8 pgs. *Price covers multiple copies

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Price: $8.00

 

Free Unison Choir Arrangement: Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

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Enjoyed tweeking this free unison choir arrangement of “‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”.I wrote it sometime ago  for one of our pianists to play for choir while I was out of town.

One improvising tip to take note of  (no pun intended)…is when I left out the melody here and there in the piano score.

Most of the time this occurred was when the melody note was an eighth note…making for a smoother form of playing for the church pianist. Skipping a quick melody note in the piano accompaniment is similar to the “understood you” in a sentence.  You know what’s implied even though you don’t hear it.  😉

I just played it straight through without repeats. (two verses and choruses)

Click on audio below to hear the entire free unison choir arrangement of “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”

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Click here to download: “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”

Tip:  This choir arrangement can also be used as a vocal solo.

 

 

Free Unison Choir Arrangement Coming Soon!

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

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I’m re-organizing my music at home and came across a simple unison choir arrangement of “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”.

I wrote it for one of our pianists to play for choir while I was out of town a good while ago.  This particular pianist was probably an early intermediate at the time and needed something basic to accompany the choir for this particular hymn.

I hope to share this free arrangement with you tomorrow..IF we still have power…in the middle of a snowstorm!  (You can also use this free choir arrangement as a vocal solo too).

God Can SAB Choir Arrangement Just Published!

Friday, September 20th, 2013

I’m excited to offer to you a wonderful mission/revival song  from the heart of Lynndale Hardeman.

Lynndale has written other songs as well that we plan to publish in the future.

I believe this is our church’s favorite choir piece!  The soul-stirring message of this SAB choir special will bless all who hear and sing it!

“…can God redeem a sinner…yes He can!”

“…can God revive a Christan…yes He can!”

“…can God restore a nation…yes He can!”

God Can
Trio or SAB sacred choir arrangement, 9 pgs. *Price covers 10 or more copies See video link below to hear our choir sing this arrangement. The written piano score is similar to the video. I played the arrangement by ear on the video.
Price: $8.00

“God Can” in the Works

Monday, August 12th, 2013

I’m working on the  “God Can” choir arrangement by Lynndale Hardeman.

For those of you who don’t know…I accidentally deleted my last year’s worth of music from my computer. Yes, it made me sick but just thankful I had hard copies of the most important pieces.  But, it means putting everything in my music program again note by note.  Needless to say, that’s why my progress is s-l-o-w-e-r.

I hope to have “God Can” ready by the end of August.  This particular arrangement is for SAB choir or small ensemble.  I’m excited about this particular piece since it has a very strong revival emphasis…which is what we need!

Look forward to publishing it (hopefully) soon!

For those who haven’t heard the arrangement, see video below:

 

Choir Arrangement: SAB “God Can”

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

I’m excited about this new SAB choir arrangement that I hope to publish by the summer of 2013! The song “God Can” is written by Lynndale Hardeman. You’ll love the revival type message of this song!

I will have to say this is our most favorite choir arrangement.

Free Organ Arrangement: Amazing Grace (congregational)

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

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This free organ arrangement of “Amazing Grace” for unison congregation or choir goes with the piano arrangement of “Amazing Grace” which I recently published for FREE.

Please understand…I am not an organist and it’s my very first attempt at writing an organ arrangement!

I’m glad one of my readers pointed out the need for organists needing the same arrangement in order to prevent chord clashes…an excellent observation! Our church doesn’t have an organ…just two pianos (one being a digital).

I thoroughly enjoyed creating this organ arrangement!

Click here to download FREE organ arrangement of “Amazing Grace”

Amazing Grace: Complete Audio

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Free Arrangement for Church Pianists! Amazing Grace

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

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Introducing…a free piano arrangement of Amazing Grace for unison choir or congregation.  It’s nice to be able to sing parts but most congregations of small churches seem to sing unison.

Church pianists can enliven hymns such as Amazing Grace by playing with mucho enthusiasm!  I understand not every church pianist knows how to improvise from the hymnal.  It took a lot of practice for me to feel comfortable adding unseen notes while playing from the hymnal.

Improvising tip:  Grab an improvising idea from someone else’s arrangement and try applying to a similar congregational hymn with same time signature.

Stick with that one idea for a while until it becomes natural to use…then on to the next improvising idea!

Hope you enjoy this arrangement.  Since most people are very familiar with this hymn, I took more liberty with the piano accompaniment.

Warning:  This arrangement does not support the four-part style in the hymnal.

Question from a reader:

I love these ideas but at my church both piano and organ play. I find it hard to take any liberties since I am not playing alone. Any suggestions for those of us who would love to add flare to hymns but still have to keep the organist in mind?

Answer: (at least for this arrangement)  I will soon provide a free organ arrangement of this particular version of Amazing Grace.

Free PDF for Piano: Amazing Grace

Free PDF for Organ: Amazing Grace

Audio:

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Extra tip:  This arrangement could also be used as an offertory using the following suggestion:  Allow a flute or violin to play the vocal score since the piano accompaniment doesn’t contain enough melody.

 

 

 

Announcement: Upcoming Christmas Piano Solo & Vocal Arrangement

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

I have two Christmas arrangements that will be published very soon!

One is an early advanced arrangement of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and the other is an easy two-part ladies’ arrangement of “What Child is This?”

Also working on other Christmas arrangements of various sorts that I hope to publish in time for this year.

I’ve been writing ALOT lately..getting ready for our church’s Christmas program.

Our church choir is presenting the “Christmas Story”.  Several choir members have been chosen as narrators to present the Luke 2 passage.  Christmas carols have been inserted at appropriate times to support the scripture.  We also have the younger kids singing a couple songs and using them for the manger scene characters.

Even simple programs require ample practice in order to present an effective message on the birth of Christ.  I’m SO excited about this year’s program!  Since the program is rather easy..we’re adding a few touches to make it extra special.

More details soon 🙂

 

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