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Glissando Tips

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

One of my church pianist readers recently requested that I provide some helpful tips on how to play glissandos.

One of the trickiest technical moves in my How Great Thou Art  piano arrangement is the glissando found on page four.   (Shown below)


Glissando Tips

1.  Notice the  three tenuto (line marks) under the left hand in measure 29.  These marks are pointing out the melody for the words “…then sings my…”.  Emphasize the melody and keep the glissando volume in the background (little softer than left hand).

2. The right hand begins the glissando with the index finger immediately after the left hand plays the G octave with the first tenuto (line) mark.  (It happens to be the same G as the left thumb just finished playing in the G octave).

3. Start the glissando with your right hand index finger…flipping the right hand over after the index finger starts.  The index finger and 3rd finger will glide across the keys in an upside down, horizontal position.  Once the index finger begins…the third finger will carry the brunt of the notes as you glide upward.  The index finger will act more as a support and guide for the third finger.  Just remember….the third finger is longer so it naturally has better contact of the keys.

4.  Word of caution to church pianists:  Glide across keys in a lightweight; relaxed fashion to avoid sore fingers 🙂

Visual Tips for the Glissando in How Great Thou Art


How Great Thou Art Piano Solo (now available!)

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

I decided to publish my piano solo of  “How Great Thou Art” today since we’re expecting our first grandchild any day now!

What a challenge to write this out by ear!  I played this spontaneous piano arrangement at our local nursing home several years ago…posted the video… and began receiving requests for the music in print.

Keep in mind, I played this straight from my heart “free style”. Therefore, the style of writing is not as structured like the majority of my arrangements. I did my best to stay true to the youtube version.

My favorite part of this arrangement is when I suddenly get soft on the second verse during the words “…then I shall bow…” and then build in excitement on the words “…and there proclaim, my God how GREAT Thou art!”

Thanks again to all who encouraged me to write this advanced piano arrangement of “How Great Thou Art”!  (downloadable only)

How Great Thou Art
Advanced sacred piano solo, 4 pgs. *See youtube link below.

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Price: $3.95

Youtube link of “How Great Thou Art”

Upcoming Arrangement: How Great Thou Art

Sunday, March 11th, 2012


After publishing a video of me playing “How Great Thou Art” in a nursing home…I began receiving requests on youtube and my website for a copy of this arrangement.  The funny thing about this arrangement…it was spontaneous.

After at least two years in the make (on and off–during this time frame)…I am about to put the finishing touches on this arrangement. It will be available by March 15th !

Keep in mind…the arrangement of “How Great Thou Art” won’t be exact note for note as played but…will be VERY close 🙂 It took me about 20 minutes to re-create about 3 measures at a time.  I would watch my youtube video by the piano and pause ALOT to write what I heard.

Thanks to all who encouraged me to write this arrangement of “How Great Thou Art”.


The Church Pianist: Free Arrangement of How Great Thou Art in G Major (part one)

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

I’m offering another free arrangement entitled “How Great Thou Art” to church pianists. This will be part one.

How many church pianists have needed to play How Great Thou Art in a lower key?  I have… plenty of times.  I usually play How Great Thou Art  in G major when accompanying male solos. Altos also like this key.

This free arrangement (part one)  is written at a basic level; allowing the pianist freedom to add their own embellishments.  The arrangement contains chords not found in the hymnal version of “How Great Thou Art”.

Church pianists are always needing hymns in lower keys. Periodically, I will provide such arrangements.

Click here to download How Great Thou Art (part one)

Click here to download How Great Thou Art (part two)


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