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Free Piano Arrangement: At Calvary

Monday, June 30th, 2014

 

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I just created this one page piano arrangement of “At Calvary” this past week for one of my hymn playing students.  I’m teaching her to branch out from the middle of the keyboard when improvising hymns for prelude or congregational style.

She is accustomed to playing octaves with her left hand and now we’re trying to condition her right hand to play an octave higher with some fullness (up to 3 notes) and will gradually work into more right hand octaves.

Editor notes for the free piano arrangement of At Calvary:

Measure #5… Right hand plays octave higher for brief moment before working back to middle of keyboard in measure #7. (Notice the gradual transition)

Measure #8… double duty octaves on the last 3 beats.

Measure #15…Octave workout!

Measure #16…Just had to give her at least one 4 note chord 🙂

Click here to download Free Piano Arrangement: At Calvary

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Hymnplaying Master Class: The Old Rugged Cross (Critique)

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Here’s the video of me playing my (free) piano hymn arrangement of “The Old Rugged Cross” for the recent Hymnplaying Master Class held at The Wilds Music Conference. (December 2013)

I received helpful critique!  Thanks to Faye Lopez and Duane Ream for their constructive advice.  I look forward to improving my hymn arranging through any learning opportunities I can find!  (The harmonic structure tips were things I knew to do but just hadn’t noticed them in the piece.)

I couldn’t believe I left a melody note out  in the original arrangement on measure #18 (meas. #16 in revised version)…I”m a stickler for following the words as I play but my mind must have been on another verse….so embarrassing to have such an error 🙁  Duane  made SURE I saw that error 😉  Seriously,  I appreciated the emphasis he made on keeping the melody CLEAR..after all….it’s the message we try to convey as church pianists…right?

I’m posting the (graded/corrected) copy of the arrangement below  the video for ease of reference.  The red squares throughout the arrangement  notate the changes.  Most of the changes were from the suggestions made on the video.  (My personal note changes are in measures: 20, 24, 38, 40 and 48.)

You can download the new pdf  of “The Old Rugged Cross” (minus the grading marks)…at the bottom of this article.

 

The-Old-Rugged-Cross-1-corrections-resized The-Old-Rugged-Cross-2-corrections-resized The-Old-Rugged-Cross-3-corrections-resizedClick here to print:  The Old Rugged Cross (revised)

 

 

Hymnplaying Master Class Critique

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

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The next post will be a video of me being critiqued in Hymn Playing Master Class at the recent Wild’s Music Conference.

Just don’t feel sorry for me 😉   We all need a work over at times!

I played my free piano arrangement of “The Old Rugged Cross” for this class. So…you may want to have a copy of it handy during the video for reference.

Before you click to download your free copy of  The Old Rugged Cross, you may want to wait until I provide the edited version based on the critique I received in this Hymn Playing Master Class. It’s all up to you.

Click here to print your free copy of “The Old Rugged Cross”. (original version)

“In the Bleak Midwinter” Christmas Piano Solo

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Just uploaded my free advanced Christmas piano solo of “In the Bleak Midwinter” on my youtube channel.

  Clickable link to  free arrangement of “In the Bleak Midwinter”

Free Piano Arrangement: In the Bleak Midwinter

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

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Finished it!  Hope you enjoy this free Christmas piano arrangement of “In the Bleak Midwinter”.  The arrangement is written at an advanced level.

Click on the title to download free arrangement:

In the Bleak Midwinter

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Click here to hear youtube video of this free piano arrangement of  “In the Bleak Midwinter”

 

Update on “In the Bleak Midwinter” Piano Solo

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

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I’m on track to publish “In the Bleak Midwinter” by tonight after church.

For those just tuning in… I’m publishing a free advanced Christmas piano solo of “In the Bleak Midwinter”.

The melody and text of this song fit so well together!  I thoroughly enjoyed trying to depict the setting of a calm winter’s night as a backdrop to this hymn.

He Hideth My Soul: Free Piano Solo Arrangement

Friday, June 28th, 2013

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Received a request from a church pianist  just yesterday for this piano solo arrangement of He Hideth My Soul.

This free piano arrangement can be used as a short offertory or prelude special.

I will provide this song in two different keys 🙂

 

He Hideth My Soul in D Flat Major

He Hideth My Soul in C Major

 

Free Piano Arrangement of “O How I Love Jesus”

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

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Most church pianists find it a challenge to dress-up hymns such as “O How I Love Jesus”.  This particular hymn mainly consists of only two different chords the I and V chords)… with an occasional ii chord.

So…how to be creative with a hymn containing minimal chord changes?  I’m glad you asked!  🙂

(I’m currently working on a congregational piano arrangement book for church pianists that need more than the hymnal to play from.)

“O How I Love Jesus” is one of the ones I’m working on now.  The complete arrangement will have two verses.  Click below to download the first verse of “O How I Love Jesus” FREE!

Hopefully, the following free congregational arrangement will spark some creative ideas of your own.

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*Special note: The congregational hymns in my book will be in lower keys than the regular hymnal…making the hymns more singer-friendly.

Free Piano Arrangement: Let Him Have His Way With Thee

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

One of my readers recently requested some arranging ideas for “Let Him Have His Way With Thee”. She said she hasn’t been able to find a piano arrangement of this particular hymn.  So…I wrote a quickie for you all that will hopefully be a nice addition to your “free piano” arrangement collection 🙂

Click on song title to download your free piano arrangement of…

“Let Him Have His Way With Thee”

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Free Congregational Piano Arrangement: Christ Arose

Friday, March 29th, 2013

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“Christ Arose” is a very well-known hymn that most churches only use around Easter.  We use this beautiful hymn periodically throughout the year as a reminder of Christ’s glorious resurrection.

Robert Lowry, a well-known hymn composer/preacher, wrote “Christ Arose”

Click on song title below to download your free congregational arrangement:

Christ Arose in B Flat

Christ Arose in A Flat (lower)

 

 

 

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