The Church Pianist: Free Piano Hymn Arrangement (In the Garden…Part One)
“In the Garden” is such a peaceful; reflective hymn. I don’t hear it used much anymore. This free piano arrangement of “In the Garden” (part one) shares some accompaniment ideas for the church pianist.
Editor notes for “In the Garden”(Part One) Accompaniment
As an accompanist, it’s not necessary for me to play the melody for every word…maybe just a few here and there to give the soloist (whether vocal or instrumental) some support.
I start with melody for the first several words and then ease into more of an accompaniment style. By measure three, I’m really into a free-style…just staying within the chord frame and being creative.
Notice how the accompaniment flows freely into each new chord change. In other words…it’s best to maintain a smooth transition from one chord to the next for this particular hymn…producing a peaceful mood.
In measure 8…most soloists will slow down on the word “discloses”. The piano accompaniment can still maintain a steady but slower flow through the ritard.
I look forward to sharing the chorus of “In the Garden” in part two of this free piano arrangement.