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Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Thanks for the feedback on how to present Easy-2-Play Congregational Hymns!

How about this look for Easy-2-Play Congregational Hymns?


Church Pianist Update: Mission’s Revival

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017


In the middle of Mission’s revival this week. The 40 minute drive to church is worth it!!

Hope to publish an article this coming weekend!

Piano Christmas Arrangement: Who is He in Yonder Stall

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

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I’m working up an early advanced to advanced arrangement of “Who is He in Yonder Stall”.

I’m on verse two at the moment…writing_pen

His Eye is on the Sparrow: Update

Monday, July 18th, 2016


I will be publishing the vocal solo of “His Eye is on the Sparrow” this week!

His Eye is on the Sparrow: Update

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016


Working on verse two of “His Eye is on the Sparrow” (vocal solo arrangement)…. and truly filled with gratefulness as I focus on the meaning of the words in light of America’s present condition…

“Let not your heart be troubled, HIS tender words I hear, and resting on HIS goodness, I lose my doubts and fears….

Wow! What powerful words! Back to writing….don’t want to stop the heartfelt notes flowing from my fingers….

His Eye is on the Sparrow (vocal solo arrangement)

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Green coming-soonJust to make my readers aware that I’m working on a vocal solo arrangement for “His Eye is on the Sparrow.”  I absolutely love the words to this particular hymn…very comforting words for the Christian 🙂

The piano accompaniment will be more advanced than some of my other vocal arrangements.

I also want to create an advanced sacred piano solo from this arrangement.

Closed for Maintenance on May 2, 2016

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

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The Church Pianist website will be closed for maintenance on Monday, May 2, 2016 starting around 5 pm EST.

Winner of Sacred Vocal CD Giveaway!

Thursday, March 10th, 2016


The winner of the sacred vocal CD entitled “His Name is Wonderful” goes to Jonah Cain 🙂

Congratulations Jonah! You will definitely enjoy hearing this CD.

For others wanting this CD…I have a limited number of them available for $12 each plus postage.

Just contact me via email at to order the CD


Accompanying Made Simple: by Shelly Hamilton

Monday, August 31st, 2015

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Looking for accompaniment ideas for accompanying specials?  Stay tuned!

Shelly Hamilton graciously gave me permission to share her handouts from her recent piano workshop on “Accompanying Made Simple”.

I’ll be sharing them hopefully later on today!

Using the Hymnal for Easy Choir Arrangements!

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Using the Hymnal to Sing Like the Choir and Not Like the Congregation

Not everyone can arrange on the spot for choir but with a little advance planning, a simple yet beautiful choir arrangement can be created!

This post will cover how to create a two-part  choir arrangement for ladies and men.

Materials needed:

Several minutes

Pencil or pen

Slightly enlarged copy of a hymn from the hymnal.  (the enlarged copy allows room for the arranging marks; or you can can type them in)


1. Look for a hymn with close harmony (3rds) in the treble clef…like this:


2.  Harmony possibilities:

Men on melody (top note)  Ladies on alto (bottom note)

Ladies 2 parts on line one and Men 2 parts for line two

Unison line one then 2 parts line two

Children’s choir sing melody and adult choir sings alto for verse & chorus

Flute plays alto (octave higher)  while children or ladies sing unison for

a verse.

As you can see….SO many ways to dress up a simple hymn without it sounding like a regular congregational hymn!

Since we only have a half hour choir practice…we prefer to pre-arrange these simple hymns ahead of time instead of having the choir pencil in the layout in their hymnals.  So…I’m sharing this simple hymn arrangement with you for “Jesus Loves Me” below for free 🙂  (Sorry it doesn’t include piano accompaniment…not enough minutes in the day for that)  🙂

Oh!  But wait a minute!  Go on a hunt in your hymnal to find more hymns with close harmony (3rds) in either the verse or chorus and start arranging!

Couple suggestions:  When I See the Blood, Standing on the Promises

*Click on the title below this picture of music… for free PDF download of  Jesus Loves Me



*I want to thank Mac & Beth Lynch for their wonderful, practical workshop entitled “On the Spot Arranging” for choir.  They are also working with a small church choir of their own and the information was very relative for me as well as others.   (Majesty MusiCarolina Conference occured July 30-31, 2015 in Raleigha, NC)

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