The Church Pianist: Improvising hymns (Part One)
This improvisational idea works well at the end of a verse…..leading into the chorus.
The following two ingredients are necessary in order to use this fill-in idea.
1.The final chord of the verse must be a I chord and last for at least three beats.
2. The first chord of the chorus must also be a I chord.
For example: In G Major….the I (one) chord is GBD.
On Beat #3…
1. Play a IV chord in the right hand
2. Play the V note of G Major in the left hand for the bass note ( note: D )
This creates the chord notation: IV/V
Editor notes for today’s example:
After the word…”Thee” the right hand plays a “climb the ladder”
fill-in to make an easy transition to the upper register of the piano.
*Description of the Fill-In Idea: (occurs in final measure of verse)
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