Feb 28 2013

Victory in Jesus – Student Piano Piece

I am officially opening a new category of arrangements here, and hope to begin providing student-level arrangements on a somewhat regular basis. Right now, 100% of the inspiration is coming from my desire to provide my children with arrangements of hymns and songs they enjoy, but I would welcome any requests from you as well!
This song is one my oldest son requested. He’s a “lively fellow” ;-) and so I tried to incorporate a bit of “jauntiness” into this arrangement. The difficulty level of this piece corresponds well with the latter portion of Alfred’s Premier Piano Course Level 2B. Practically, this arrangement incorporates the following concepts:
1) Playing in G Major and C Major (with a key change)
2) Playing single eighth notes
3) Ties and syncopation
4) Intricate fingering and shifting hand positions
5) Accidentals and chromatic movement
6) Use of Damper Pedal
7) Dynamic and tempo variation

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Feb 28 2013

Complete in Thee – Student Piano Piece

You may remember that I had offered an intermediate/advanced-level piece of this same song a while back, but my second son had asked for an arrangement of this song that he could play and so I wrote this student level piece as well. The difficulty level of this piece corresponds well with the midway mark of Alfred’s Premier Piano Course Level 2A. Practically, this arrangement incorporates the following concepts:*
1) Playing block chords (triads, inversions)
2) Ties and eighth notes
3) Fingering and shifting hand positions
4) Left hand melody
5) Use of Damper Pedal
6) Dynamic and tempo variation
*This song is originally in 3/4 time, but I put it in 6/4 in order to stay within the learned concepts of this piano level (primarily the fact that they haven’t been exposed to dotted quarter notes yet)

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Feb 28 2013

Oh the Deep Deep Love of Jesus – Student Piano Piece

This a beautiful newer song, and one worth, perhaps, introducing to your ministry if you find it unfamiliar (you can read the words and download a free hymn version here).
Difficulty Level: corresponds well with the beginning of Alfred’s Premier Piano Course Level 2B.
Incorporated Concepts:*
1) pre-dotted quarter note rhythm (through use of quarter to single eighth ties)
2) Fingering and shifting hand positions
3) Left hand melody
4) Use of damper pedal
5) Dynamic and tempo variation

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Feb 2 2013

Wonderful, Merciful Savior

I had finished this arrangement up in early 2012, but never felt quite satisfied with some parts of the third verse. I recently made a few “tweaks” which made me like it better, so I thought I’d go ahead and record it and put it out here. :-/ If this hymn is new to you, I would encourage you to go here and read the lyrics. This hymn has been a wonderful encouragement to our church, and I trust this arrangement will help you introduce or further the familiarity of this beautiful hymn in your place of ministry. Keep on!

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