I just published an early intermediate sacred piano solo of “Am I a Soldier of the Cross”. One of my male students specifically requested this song for an offertory arrangement. Knowing this hymn was rather short…I asked him if he would like a medley with this song in it but he didn’t seem interested in my suggestion….so…I had to add an interesting intro, interlude and ending just to make this arrangement last long enough 😉
You’ll notice more structure in this piece since it was written for the student in mind.
Super excited to announce the publication of my advanced piano solo arrangement of God Bless America! I’ve always dreamed about being able to publish such an arrangement but copyright prevented that.
Thanks to SMP Press, aka Sheet Music Plus, ( a site I also publish sheet music through) … now offers a chance for its publishers to arrange 1000’s of copyrighted songs through ArrangeMe with SMP Press. I plan to use this platform of opportunity as time allows.
The advanced piano solo arrangement of God Bless America is only available through SMP Press at the following link:
How many church pianists have ever heard of the hymn “Ready”? One of my readers recently requested an offertory arrangement for this hymn.(actually just yesterday) Thanks Nancy!
I googled the hymn because I didn’t recognize the title right away. Once I saw the music score, I realized it was one I grew up with… but rarely heard.
One main idea comes to my mind after skimming through the words of each verse…Total Commitment to Christ No Matter What. How convicting when I insert the words “Am I…” before each phrase.
After reading the words to each verse I thought, “This is a hymn worth reviving!” The writer of this hymn, Charles Tillman, was the son of an evangelist. He painted houses and was also a traveling salesman for a music company out of Raleigha, NC in the late 1800’s. Charles began his career as a singing evangelist in 1887. He died at the age of 82 in 1943.
Lyrics to “Ready”
Ready to suffer grief or pain,
Ready to stand the test,
Ready to stay at home and send
Others if He sees best.
Ready to go, ready to bear,
Ready to watch and pray,
Ready to stand aside and give,
Till He shall clear the way.
Ready to speak, ready to think,
Ready with heart and mind,
Ready to stand where He sees fit,
Ready His will to find.
Ready to speak, ready to warn,
Ready o’er souls to yearn,
Ready in life or ready in death,
Ready for His return.
Ready to go, ready to stay,
Ready my place to fill,
Ready for service, lowly or great,
Ready to do His will.
I hope other church pianists can use this old but wonderful hymn to enrich their music ministry at church.
Several years ago, I published a piano solo (elementary level) of “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus“. Later on, I came up with a simple accompaniment on a second piano while my student played the solo arrangement on another piano. We played it in church and I shared the video on my youtube channel.
Since that time, several church pianists have asked for the teacher accompaniment part which was in my head until now 😉
The teacher’s part may not sound identical to the youtube version…. but it’s close!
Hope you enjoy using this free accompaniment version for “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus.” (elementary piano solo)
I found out today by accident that the melody of “I’d Rather Have Jesus” that I’m using in my piano solo… is copyrighted. I always check to make sure hymns are public domain before arranging them and had checked this one out as well.
I verified that the tune and melody were public domain and didn’t click on the music image to view the song and later discovered the tune was different than the one I was arranging. Guess it’s better to find out BEFORE publishing!
Yesterday, I started a new advanced piano solo arrangement of “The Love of God”.
I have struggled in the past trying to write a piano solo version of The Love of God. Several years ago I created a vocal trio with piano accompaniment for this hymn. It was easier to write since I didn’t have to stick to the melody.
As I sat at the piano yesterday…a motive (a melodic pattern)… just came to me which you will hear in the introduction. I tried to stay true to the style of the song so as not to distract from the message.
This particular arrangement will be written in my “free style” of playing which I enjoy the most. ( no structure!) yay! Although structure does make the arrangement more user-friendly.
Thanks to many such as Ashley & Karen who have requested that I write an arrangement for The Love of God.
The Love of God (audio sample)
Just finished the Christmas piano solo of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” this morning!
One of my readers requested that I arrange an intermediate level of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”. This piano arrangement may appear to be late intermediate level but the technical side of it may qualify for an early advanced level piano solo.
Regardless of the outcome, I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I had writing it!