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Free Piano Prelude on the “Blood of Jesus”

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013


Blood-of-Jesus-PreludeJust thought I’d share a free sheet with key changes to connect the following hymns for a  piano prelude on the “Blood of Jesus”.

(Our prelude lasts anywhere from five to ten minutes…depending on how soon I can make it to the piano.)  I usually play two verses per hymn.

Prelude List:

Power in the Blood (B flat major)

When I See the Blood ( C Major)

Nothing but the Blood ( G Major)

Are You Washed in the Blood? (A flat major)

The sheet contains the final phrase of each hymn; followed by the key change to connect each hymn in the list above.

Click here to download Free Piano Prelude on the “Blood of Jesus”


Simply Christmas CD Winner!

Friday, December 21st, 2012

And….the winner is…

Congratulations to Carolyn who won the drawing for a free copy of my Simply Christmas CD.


Belated Birth Announcement of Our Second Grandchild :)

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

We interrupt the regularly scheduled posts…to bring you the news of our second grandchild…

Nathan Joel Cook!

Nathan was born on September 14th.  We are very proud of him!  Baby and parents are doing wonderful.


Upcoming Article: Wonderful Words of Life (free improvising ideas)

Friday, September 28th, 2012

How many other church pianists besides myself, find it a challenge to dress-up the hymn, “Wonderful Words of Life”?  A piano friend of mine recently asked me to show her  improvising ideas for this hymn.

To be honest,  it took some thought to come up with some REALLY fresh ideas.  I hope to post a free pdf tomorrow of an improvised verse for “Wonderful Words of Life”.  It’s been fun coming up with some different moves to liven up this simple but well-written hymn.



Church Pianist: On Break

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

I’m visiting my parents this weekend and will have to post an article this coming week.  Just finished practicing with my dad. He’s singing “Finally Home” tomorrow for a special.  Now I need to practice something for offertory.

I think I’ll play a simple arrangement of a hymn since I’ve not had time to practice 🙂  I pray everyone has great Sunday services tomorrow.

Upcoming Article: Patriotic Arrangement

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

I’m working on an article dealing with the well-known patriotic hymn entitled: “God of Our Fathers”.   I’ve had fun dressing up this hymn!  Remember how this song starts with a trumpet fanfare?  I’ve always liked this introduction in lieu of a standard intro. But, it needs a little more fullness to create an even more exciting and confident entry for the congregation.

If all goes as planned, I will post part one of this congregational/piano solo arrangement of “God of Our Fathers” sometime tomorrow.

Alot has been going on at my house in regards to my website.  My previous storefront developed some bugs. So…my husband is helping me set up a new store that’s so much better than the previous one.  It just takes ALOT of time…so bear with me as I try to juggle articles and store construction.

Winner of “This Little Light of Mine” Sacred Piano Book

Monday, March 21st, 2011

And…the winner of Soundforth’s free book giveaway is…Kimberly Handley!  Congratulations! 

Kimberly won the book entitled “This Little Light of Mine” containing sacred piano solos arranged by Susan Greene.

The Church Pianist: Upcoming Article

Friday, January 7th, 2011

I just attended the smoothest wedding rehearsal and wedding ever!…my son’s 🙂

While flying home yesterday,  I began to list the things I observed in my son’s wedding rehearsal that helped create this seemingly, effortless event. 

 Many church pianists, like myself, occasionally find themselves in the position of wedding consultant/pianist/coordinator/etc. 

For this reason, I’ll share my wedding notes with you soon…in hopes that the list can be of help to other church pianists placed in the position of wedding assistant.

The Church Pianist: Involving the Younger Generation in the Music Ministry

Friday, July 30th, 2010

 It always excites me to have young people wanting to get involved in the music ministry.  Our church family is so supportive of their  young people’s endeavors to serve the Lord.

Hannah and her family have recently joined our church and they are a blessing.  Hannah hasn’t had lessons in a little while and is a level one student.  She is anxious to begin lessons this fall and is ready to  serve in the area of music.  Amen!

I recently gave her one of my beginner arrangements of “Nothing But the Blood along with an audio to help her out.  To my surprise, she had it down in a short time.  (It’s always encouraging to work with self-motivated young people)  🙂

As a church pianist, I try to encourage our youth to get involved in the music minstry.  I’m thankful that our young people are interested in doing so. The younger they start, the easier it becomes as they gain experience and much practice.   I usually schedule the younger ones for a Wednesday or Sunday evening until they feel more comfortable.  (Sunday mornings require longer offertories due to a larger attendance.)

Here is a video of her playing the offertory at our church this past Sunday night. (Notice the encouraging responses at the end)

I’m also providing this arrangement free…with this article.  I plan to offer more of the beginning student hymn arrangements as time allows…in the music store.

The Church Pianist: Patriotic Piano Arrangements!

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

American flag yo Pictures, Images and Photos  

July 4th is almost here!  Do you have a patriotic piano arrangement ready?

We’re using the “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” piano duo arrangement by Glenn & Jan Christianson.  Audio excerpt

A nice patriotic piano solo is “Onward Christian Soldiers” arranged by Elmo Mercer.  Audio excerpt

Just two weeks until July 4th!  I know at least  “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” is available for download.

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