I’m very excited about publishing “When I Looked Up to the Cross”, sacred vocal solo by my dad, Reece Yandle.
This is our family favorite. My youngest son had this song sung at his senior graduation.
You will enjoy this uplifting melody with a salvation emphasis! The video below was recorded before the written arrangement and differs slightly… but will give the listener the writer’s intended interpretation of the song….especially since the writer himself is singing in this video Thanks dad for allowing God to use you through this song!
Time to apply what was taught in lessons one through four on “How to Add Chord Substitutions”.
The following visual aid of the C Major scale and its chords will be helpful for this lesson!
Notice once again: The Major chords above are indicated by an upper case Roman numeral. The lower case Roman numeral indicates a minor chord.
Now for the fun part!…You’re about to learn how to find chord substitutions!
The bottom line: The three major chords listed above in the key of C: I, IV and V can be substituted with a minor chord. How do do this?
Look for a minor chord that has at least two notes in common with a major chord. For example: A iii chord (EGB) has two notes in common with the I chord (CEG). That means….a iii chord can replace a I chord in the right setting.
Ok….can you find the other minor chord that has two notes in common with the C (I) chord? Yes! the vi (ACE)
1. Find the two minor chords that have two notes in common with the IV chord.
2. How about the two minor chords that are compatible with the V chord?
So…when to use the chord substitutions? When a major chord lasts for two or more beats…there is time to use a minor chord substitution! The melody note also dictates which substituted chord will sound right. (Hint: The left hand plays the chord substitution and the right hand may have to alter the alto note to match the substituted chord. (When playing from the hymnal)
*Special note: (Observation from one of my readers)…Just go up or down two chords from a Major chord to find its minor chord substitutions. (Thanks Victoria!)
I will provide visual examples in the next article!
Trio or SAB sacred choir arrangement, 9 pgs. *Price covers 10 or more copies
*Audio not included. See video link below to hear our choir sing this arrangement.
The written piano score is similar to the video. I played the arrangement by ear on the video.
With the knowledge learned in lessons one through four….you will be able to learn some VERY EASY chord substitutions! Can’t wait for the next lesson! The fun will begin Review lessons one through four so you’ll be ready! See links below for each lesson:
Copyrighted hymns fall into two categories: Hymns written before 1978 and Hymns written after 1978. I’ll cover the first category of copyrighted hymns in this article.
A. Copyrighted hymns written before January 1, 1978
To make a long story short…Copyrighted hymns published before 1978 are “automatically protected from the moment of its creation for the author’s life plus an additional 70 years after the author’s death.”
So…what’s so important about knowing this information? Misuse of someone’s copyrighted song without their permission (such as: making photocopies, creating a recording of the song for profit or non-profit use) is a form of stealing and therefore a federal offense.
Disclaimer: The information shared in this article is not intended as legal advice; but rather to enlighten the reader.
How do I know if a hymn is copyrighted? Can I make a CD of copyrighted music IF I’m giving it away for free?
How can I tell if a hymn is public domain? Or…what does “public domain” mean?
Surely a hymn written over 90 years ago is not copyrighted!
I’ll be sharing several articles on this topic of Copyrighted Hymns. Did you know that a copyrighted song written before January 1, 1978 can have a total lifespan of 95 years under copyright protection?
A very detailed topic to cover! I will try to deliver the information as clear as possible in short segments.
Disclaimer: The information covered in this article is not intended as legal advice.
I’m working on the “God Can” choir arrangement by Lynndale Hardeman.
For those of you who don’t know…I accidentally deleted my last year’s worth of music from my computer. Yes, it made me sick but just thankful I had hard copies of the most important pieces. But, it means putting everything in my music program again note by note. Needless to say, that’s why my progress is s-l-o-w-e-r.
I hope to have “God Can” ready by the end of August. This particular arrangement is for SAB choir or small ensemble. I’m excited about this particular piece since it has a very strong revival emphasis…which is what we need!
Look forward to publishing it (hopefully) soon!
For those who haven’t heard the arrangement, see video below: