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I Must Tell Jesus : New Early Intermediate Piano Solo

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

One of my former piano students approached me at church a couple months ago and¬†asked if I would write her an offertory arrangement of “I Must Tell Jesus”.

Well…I finally got around to it! ūüôā ¬†But what a surprise! ¬†This arrangement just flowed out of my little brain this week and I quickly penned it to paper. ¬†¬†It’s not always that easy for me to arrange a hymn!

I tried to arrange this piano solo well within ¬†her early intermediate level…hoping she could learn it soon. ¬†Even though I’m an advanced pianist…I wouldn’t mind playing this for offertory.

I Must Tell Jesus
Early intermediate sacred piano solo, 2 pgs. Approx. length 1:24

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Price: $3.00

 

 

 

New Early Intermediate Piano Solo in the Works! I Must Tell Jesus

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

So much music is racing through my little brain…can’t get it on paper fast enough!

Just had this one race through my mind this morning of “I Must Tell Jesus”. ¬†I’m writing¬†this for one of my former students who I’m conditioning for church pianist.

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Free Piano Hymn Arrangement: The Sands of Time are Sinking

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

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“The Sands of Time are Sinking” dates back to the 19th century. ¬†Anne Cousin, the daughter of a doctor and later the wife of a Pastor, wrote this hymn based on letters and deathbed sayings of another Pastor name Samuel Rutherford. The original hymn had nineteen verses! Anne was careful to not copy Samuel’s words verbatim. ¬†She ¬†used poetic images of her own to replace some of Samuel’s sayings.

Anne’s purpose of this hymn was to show the “beautiful Christian reflection on death and what comes after, and on the beauty of the Savior.” Kevin White

What a beautiful hymn to use for a funeral service. ¬†Someone in the recent past asked if I knew of a piano arrangement for this song. ¬†My online search yielded no results. The individual needed the song pronto…so in a few spare minutes….I jotted this arrangement down and provided the person with the following hymn.

Maybe other church pianists can make use of this free hymn for a funeral service or general worship.

Click song title to download free arrangement: The Sands of Time are Sinking

Ready-Made Hymn Arrangements!

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

For the past couple of months…I’ve been creating “ready-made’ hymn arrangements for some of my church pianist students¬†who are need of improvised hymns for congregational singing. (Can also be used as piano solo)

These hymn arrangements are nothing more than a copy of a hymn from the hymnal with my added improvised notes in red.

Just curious, would this meet the need for others as well? I’m considering adding them to our online music store if there’s enough interest.

The cost would be less than my regular “printed arrangements”.

Here’s a FREE copy of one of these ready-made hymn arrangements. (Also trying to decide what to call them….any suggestions?)

*Also…are you all ok with it being handwritten just as it appears in free arrangement below? ¬†

*Special note: THANKS for the feedback! After reading the comments here and on facebook….I will be putting these type of easy-to-play congregationals into print instead of by hand. I will do away with the original notes from the hymnbook and ONLY type in my (hopefully) easy-to-play congregational/piano solo arrangement. Thanks again for your helpful comments! ¬†I do have (more involved ) congregational piano arrangements for sale HERE.

Ready-Made Hymns for the Church Pianist

Ready-Made Hymns for the Church Pianist

New Violin Solo Arrangement: Nearer My God to Thee

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
Photo by Jackie Cook

Photo by Jackie Cook

Sorry for the low profile lately. I’ve been recouping from being sick since returning from vacation a week and half ago.

My daughter-in-law requested a violin solo arrangement of Nearer My God to Thee. I finally finished tweaking it! ūüėČ

I enjoyed weaving the melody back and forth from piano to violin. Nearer My God to Thee is a very comforting hymn; making if a nice solo piece for any occasion but especially a funeral.

Nearer My God to Thee
Sacred violin solo w/ piano accompaniment; 4 pgs. *Price covers two copies. A nice solo piece for any occasion. The beautiful melody of this hymn flows gently back and forth between the piano and violin. *Bowing & slur marks included for violin.

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Price: $4.50

Just Published! In the Garden (early advanced piano solo)

Monday, April 10th, 2017

I just published “In the Garden” …early advanced piano solo!

The arrangement is approximately 1:47 in length.

In the Garden
Early advanced sacred piano solo, 2 &1/2 pgs. Approx. 1:47 Youtube link below.
Price: $3.00

New Arrangement Coming! In the Garden

Monday, April 10th, 2017

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At the request of one of my piano students…I sat down and wrote an early advanced piano arrangement of “In the Garden this morning.

The student actually requested it sometime ago but ideas just wouldn’t flow. So…I sat down at the piano this morning and the creative juices started flowing!

Trying to get it ready for publication asap.

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FREE Piano Arrangement: Nothing Between

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

 

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I spent this evening writing an intermediate piano solo of “Nothing Between” for one of my piano students….Shelley Roberts.

Shelley is a junior this year and trying to teach her all I can before she reaches college age!

This particular arrangement, written for the piano student in mind, is more structured and straightforward. ¬†It’s nice to have pieces like this available ¬†for students who play offertories more often. ¬†Playing less involved offertories allows us¬†time to focus on other repertoire during the lesson.

I do teach more involved arrangements but try to maintain a balance.

Hope this arrangement can be of use for piano students or church pianists needing an easy offertory!

Click on the following title for your free piano arrangement of “Nothing Between”.

cute note calling hear yeMore thots: I want to use this arrangement in an upcoming video dealing with interpretation…a VERY important factor…making for a more effective presentation.

 

 

 

Piano Arrangements: He & Were You There

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Just to remind my readers about the recent publication of “He” (early advanced piano solo) and “Were You There” (advanced piano solo)…both have been entered in the Sacred Music Contest on Sheet Music Plus’ website. The song with the most profit through April 11th, 2017…wins the cash prize.

Thanks to those who have already purchased one or both of these arrangements!

IMPORTANT REMINDER:

Special deal for those who purchase either or both contest songs from Sheet Music Plus during the Sacred Music Contest selling period…now through April 11, 2017.

You can choose one free arrangement from our music store for each contest song you purchase. (Maximum: two free arrangements) *Doesn’t include offsite arrangements.

Just email us your receipt from Sheet Music Plus and your choice(s) of arrangements from our music store.

The contest selling period ends April 11, 2017 and you have until April 20th to email your receipt for your free arrangement(s).

If I win either or both categories….I’ll be using the cash prize to help towards attending the annual Composer Symposium in Atlanta, Ga. this June.

Faye Lopez highly recommended this event to me several years ago and I’m finally going! ūüôā Very excited about learning more to enhance my music writing!

“He” early advanced piano arrangement can be reviewed or purchased HERE

“Were You There” very advanced piano arrangement can ¬†be reviewed or purchased HERE

Special note: “He” is under copyright so unable to provide video of entire arrangement.

Video of the Very Advanced Version of Where You There…

Easy SB Choir Arrangement! The Cleansing Wave

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

One of our choir’s favorite arrangements….”The Cleansing Wave.”

I will try to add video of our choir singing this arrangement once they learn the edited version ūüėČ

The Cleansing Wave
SB sacred choir arrangement; 5 & 1/2 pgs. Price covers 6 or more copies. Easy choir arrangement!

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Price: $8.00

 

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