The Church Pianist: Part Two—Video Demo of My First Hymn Improvising Piano Lesson

As promised in part one of this lesson…I’m sharing a video demonstration of my very first hymn improvising piano lesson.

The only change…I used the hymn “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” instead of “Like a River Glorious”.  Either hymn is fine but I decided on the second one for the video.

Youtube video link:

Click here to download free pdf arrangement:   When_ I_ Survey_ the_ Wondrous_ Cross_ five_ part_ style_


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6 Responses to “The Church Pianist: Part Two—Video Demo of My First Hymn Improvising Piano Lesson”

  1. Sally says:

    Thanks so much for doing this right at the time when I am having my girls learn to improvise church music! Just wanted to let you know someone’s out here learning from you. Keep going, please!

  2. Jenifer Cook says:

    Hi Sally,

    Your welcome…and thanks for the encouragement. It does take me a while to create the videos. I will do at least one more hymn improvising video for free and plan to offer a video series for a modest price on my website….just another one of my many projects 🙂

    I’m so glad the hymn improvising video was a help.


    Jenifer Cook

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  4. April says:

    This is an answer to prayer. I have always wanted to learn these concepts. I am an adult now and trying to practice during the week is challenging. Thank you for your simple lessons!!! Please keep going. I am going to share the website with my friends who are also wanting to improve their hymnplaying.

  5. Samantha says:

    Hello! I just want to say thank you for putting up these lessons on adding more to a hymn. I’ve seen some pianists in my church add even more to the hymn sometimes though. Like, I may hear them add and extra chord in somewhere, their left hand is playing different octaves or even other chords and when it comes for a long chord, rather than just holding down the chord presented, I hear them jumping around the piano playing more chords in order for it to not sound “empty” or to at least have something going on. Do you have any tips on how to do this? Any help is welcomed. 🙂

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