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.

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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.

“In the Garden” part one

 “In the Garden” part two


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7 Responses to “The Church Pianist: Free Piano Hymn Arrangement (In the Garden…Part One)”

  1. Becky Riley says:

    I found Part II – thank you for printing this.
    Ten elderly people have requested that I play this tomorrow.
    Becky Riley

    • Jenifer Cook says:

      I’m assuming someone is either singing or playing an instrument with this arrangement since the piano part doesn’t contain a lot of melody. You’re probably one of those pianists that can ad lib the melody 🙂

      I’m thankul you’re able to use this at the nursing home. What a ministry! I also enjoy going to several nursing homes in our area.

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  3. Val says:

    This is a lovely arrangement. However, Part Two seems to be missing when I click the link. I would be prepared to pay for the full score if it is available.

    When I click the link for part two I get taken back to the page for part one.

  4. Kristin says:

    Hi there!

    I am going to be playing this for my grandmother’s funeral. I haven’t played the piano in a few years, and was wondering if you have an MP3 of how this sounds so I can practice and make sure it is right. My sister will be singing. I would so greatly appreciate any help 🙂

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