Posts Tagged ‘Amazing Grace’

Amazing Grace & Saviour Like a Shepherd: Youtube

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

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I have posted audios for  my piano solo arrangements of Amazing Grace & Saviour Like a Shepherd (from the Funeral Collection).. on youtube.

Several of my readers have asked if I could post all of  the  arrangements from my Funeral Collection on youtube.  I will do so as time permits. Thanks for your interest!

These arrangements can also be used as offertories, vocal solos or violin specials! Saviour Like a Shepherd would also be appropriate for a wedding ;)

 

Free Organ Arrangement: Amazing Grace (congregational)

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

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This free organ arrangement of “Amazing Grace” for unison congregation or choir goes with the piano arrangement of “Amazing Grace” which I recently published for FREE.

Please understand…I am not an organist and it’s my very first attempt at writing an organ arrangement!

I’m glad one of my readers pointed out the need for organists needing the same arrangement in order to prevent chord clashes…an excellent observation! Our church doesn’t have an organ…just two pianos (one being a digital).

I thoroughly enjoyed creating this organ arrangement!

Click here to download FREE organ arrangement of “Amazing Grace”

Amazing Grace: Complete Audio

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Free Arrangement for Church Pianists! Amazing Grace

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

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Introducing…a free piano arrangement of Amazing Grace for unison choir or congregation.  It’s nice to be able to sing parts but most congregations of small churches seem to sing unison.

Church pianists can enliven hymns such as Amazing Grace by playing with mucho enthusiasm!  I understand not every church pianist knows how to improvise from the hymnal.  It took a lot of practice for me to feel comfortable adding unseen notes while playing from the hymnal.

Improvising tip:  Grab an improvising idea from someone else’s arrangement and try applying to a similar congregational hymn with same time signature.

Stick with that one idea for a while until it becomes natural to use…then on to the next improvising idea!

Hope you enjoy this arrangement.  Since most people are very familiar with this hymn, I took more liberty with the piano accompaniment.

Warning:  This arrangement does not support the four-part style in the hymnal.

Question from a reader:

I love these ideas but at my church both piano and organ play. I find it hard to take any liberties since I am not playing alone. Any suggestions for those of us who would love to add flare to hymns but still have to keep the organist in mind?

Answer: (at least for this arrangement)  I will soon provide a free organ arrangement of this particular version of Amazing Grace.

Free PDF for Piano: Amazing Grace

Free PDF for Organ: Amazing Grace

Audio:

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Extra tip:  This arrangement could also be used as an offertory using the following suggestion:  Allow a flute or violin to play the vocal score since the piano accompaniment doesn’t contain enough melody.

 

 

 

How to Enrich Your Congregational Singing

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

I love to sing “Amazing Grace”! It reminds me of when I accepted Christ as my Saviour at the age of 29.

A quick tip for church pianists on how to enrich congregational singing…

1. Start in a lower key. The congregation sings out better in lower keys…especially if you have a congregation like ours that mainly sings melody.

2.  Modulate up a half or whole step higher on the final verse.

In the following video…we started in E flat major and ended in F Major.

The church pianist CAN add zest to congregational singing! Learn to play a hymn in different keys for added enrichment.

I will attempt to write out Amazing Grace  in a user-friendly version for congregational piano accompaniment within the next two weeks and share for FREE! (transposed verse will be included)

Click here for this FREE arrangement of Amazing Grace :)

The Church Pianist: Youtube Video (Piano Duo of Amazing Grace)

Monday, July 20th, 2009

 

Here’s a video I posted on youtube.

 One of my students and I are playing a piano
duo of Amazing Grace.

I wrote his part as a piano solo and then I just
accompanied him.

We played this piano duo at our spring recital last year.

I guess you can tell that Amazing Grace is one of my
favorite hymns.

Youtube link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWGb2fgQj_8

The Church Pianist: Amazing Grace Youtube Video

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

I just posted a video on youtube playing a medley
of “Amazing Grace”.

For offertory, I’ll sometimes just play a hymn and tag on a
chorus or verse/chorus of a song with a similar theme.

Click on the link below to hear the “Amazing Grace” medley.

(Maybe it could help give you ideas
for doing one of your own.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94ATDkkMgus

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