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Church Pianist Mini Session: Live on Facebook!

Monday, September 18th, 2017

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For those of my readers on facebook….I’ll be going live on Thursday, October 12th from 8-8:30pm (could last longer)

I will make this video available on my website a couple days after the live facebook session.

I’m asking my church pianist readers to give suggested topics. I will choose the “most mentioned” topic for this session…if reasonable enough ūüėČ ¬†You have until September 25th to enter your topic!

Submit your suggested topic(s)  below.  Thanks!  Looking forward to this time of fellowship and learning!

 

Sacred Trio Arrangement: Will You Receive His Gift?

Sunday, September 17th, 2017
Click here for sheet music.

Click here for sheet music.

Just sang “Will You Receive His Gift?” in a trio for our recent revival with Dwight Smith.

I enjoyed singing this song about Jesus’ free gift of salvation and how one only needs to believe and receive this wonderful gift. This particular arrangement was easy to learn…great harmony…allowing us to focus on the message. Thank you Niki Lott for writing such a ¬†beautiful song!

 

 

“The Potter’s Hands” Words & Music by Mina Oglesby

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

Your ladies’ ensemble will love singing this beautiful song by Mina Oglesby. ¬†The text describes how¬†we are just plain old clay and how God is our Potter. ¬†He’s molding our lives to make us vessels of love.

I hope to reunite the ladies’ ensemble I directed years ago¬†that sang this actual arrangement and share it with you all via video.

I do have a youtube video of Mina singing “The Potter’s Hands” and will share¬†below…(THE ACCOMPANIMENT ON THE VIDEO IS NOT MY ARRANGEMENT) *LISTEN TO AUDIO SAMPLE)

The Potter's Hands
Sacred vocal two part arrangement for ladies' ensemble. Words & music by Mina Oglesby and arranged by Jenifer Cook. *Price covers two or more copies. *Solo version coming soon!

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Price: $8.00

 

“Nearer My God to Thee” (with added bow & slur marks for violin)

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

I met a nice young lady at the Composer Symposium this past summer who attends the church where my husband and I were married!

She is a great violinist and offered to add the violin bow & slur marks to my arrangement of “Nearer My God to Thee”. ¬†It has taken me a while to finalize the arrangement but now complete and available in our music store.

A big thanks to Abby Phillips for adding the violin markings! See video of Abby below playing her own arrangement of “I’d Rather Have Jesus” in her home church.

Nearer My God to Thee
Sacred violin solo w/ piano accompaniment; 4 pgs. *Price covers two copies. A nice solo piece for any occasion. The beautiful melody of this hymn flows gently back and forth between the piano and violin. *Bowing & slur marks included for violin.

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Price: $4.50

Abide With Me (Critiqued Version)

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

The critiqued¬†version of Abide With Me is a result of my critique at the Composer’s Symposium this past summer in Atlanta.

Most of the editing was the result of a private lesson with Marty Parks.  Very thankful for his input! He shared a great pointer on how to better communicate rhythmic interpretation in written music.

(Thanks to Robert Sterling and Brad Nix for pointing out the 9 over the tuplets for clarity). I just honestly had shied away from learning how to input tuplets with Finale and FINALLY learned how! ūüôā Thanks to Joseph Martin for his overall encouragement and teaching spirit ūüôā Also, thanks to John Parker for his written comments on the arrangement!

For example, instead of a breath mark (large looking comma)…just insert a rest…makes a clearer statement. Also, NOT to show key change too early which is what I ALWAYS do! ūüėČ *See key change illustrations below the video.

Due to requests for the critiqued version…there are now two different arrangements of Abide With Me in our music store…the advanced original version & Critiqued¬†version. Those who like a challenge will enjoy playing the critiqued version….which contains minor editing changes…ending with a run up the keyboard.¬† Listen to the critiqued version¬†below…

¬†Now to show you the original and new key change correction ūüôā

Original key change:

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The new key change:

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Free PDF Hymn! Just When I Need Him Most

Monday, August 14th, 2017

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I never really noticed the time signature change in “Just When I Need Him Most” until today.

We sang this at our church last night for a congregational and the people REALLY enjoyed singing it.  The words are so comforting!

It’s just one of those seasons at our church where there’s a lot of physical needs and such a song reminds us of Jesus’ ever-present help ūüôā

We sang this song in a prayerful mood with ¬†a slow walking speed so I had time to add left hand flowing patterns similar to the following free pdf of “Just When I Need Him Most”.

Most importantly, notice the key change at the chorus….but the flow will still be¬†pretty much the same ūüôā ¬†I actually changed to 6/8 timing one measure earlier than the hymnal shows… because it felt more natural to not hold as long before entering the chorus.

Maybe this will help a beginning church pianist to see what fill-ins could be used for a slow to medium hymn in 6/8 or 9/8 timing… such as my arrangement of “I Must Tell Jesus”.

Warning: This arrangement is NOT intended for piano solo use… due to missing melody notes at the beginning of the chorus…unless of course you know how to add them in ūüėČ

Click on song title for free download: Just When I Need Him Most

 

 

 

Simple Chord Theory Book!

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

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Need to brush up on chord theory?

I have a chord speller book by John Thompson that I use to teach my church pianist students who need to brush up on theory.

This book  provides foundational information needed for the church pianist to effectively improvise.

 Short synopsis of book:

John Thompson’s Chord-Speller

The purpose of this book is to present the Triads (including the Dominant and Diminished Seventh Chords) in a way that will enable the student to read them, write them and recognize them by sight or sound.

Having a working knowledge of  scale and chord structure will help the church pianist with improvising hymns.

If you’re interested in seeing sample pages or purchasing the book…just click on the image of the book above.

I’m always looking for simple-approach type books and this one fits the bill! ¬†(I don’t get paid to sell this book) ¬†ūüôā

This book has been around for awhile so you may find it on Ebay or Amazon.

 

 

New Sacred Vocal Solo or Duet: A Passion for Souls

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

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I have always loved the words to A Passion for Souls by Herbert G. Tovey but have always wished for a different melody.

While looking over the words last week…a melody begin to flow in my head and I quickly penned it to paper.

At first I thought of writing it as a solo but while singing through it with a friend I soon realized a harmony part would be nice ūüôā

My friend and I sang it this morning at church. ¬†Here’s the video.

I’ll be out of town this coming week but plan to publish it when I return.

 

 

Easy to Play Congregational Collection One is Ready!

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

 

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Just published the Easy to Play Congregational Collection One today!  I will be out of town this upcoming week but will supply video or audio samples for this collection when I return.

Easy-to-Play Congregational Collection-One
Easy-to-Play Congregational Collection-One
Early intermediate to intermediate piano congregational arrangements, 16 pgs. Jenifer wrote these arrangements in an easy-to-learn fashion for the beginning church pianist. You'll find these arrangements to be fairly structured making for minimal practice. Song list: Amazing Grace, Day by Day, Grace Greater Than Our Sin, I Need Thee Every Hour, It is Well, Nothing but the Blood, Only a Sinner, O Worship the King, Satisfied, Trust and Obey. *Amazing Grace contains optional key change into Grace Greater Than Our Sin
Price: $12.00

Here’s a visual sampling of the Collection

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Easy-to-Play-Congregational Collection Update

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

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Trying to finish this collection before being out of town all next week.  Not sure if I will but sure will come close!

Here’s a sampling. ¬†This picture was taken when eight were ready. I now have nine ūüôā ¬†One more to go!

 

 

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