Apr 10 2013

Behold Our God Intermediate Piano Duet

four-handsMy boys have been after me for a while to write an arrangement of this song for them. The words and tune (chorus especially) are both absolute home runs! We just sang it as part of our 7th Anniversary service at my church this past weekend, in fact, and I commend it to you for use in your own congregation. You can find the words here. My boys are reaching a level where they are playing some pretty difficult stuff, so I am classifying this as an intermediate level piece. The use of sixteenth notes, bigger chords, and significant ledger line reading requirements are the things that (to me) push this up from student to intermediate. But, I think that could also make it a nice duet for regular church pianists or even piano/organs duets? It is certainly my hope you may find it useful. I’d love to hear any feedback you might have for me after you’ve listened and viewed it below (or after you have used it if you decide to buy it)!

  

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Mar 4 2013

All I Have Is Christ Piano Solo

This song has been real blessing to me personally, and is definitely one of our congregation’s favorite hymns to sing right now. Regardless of whether you decide to use/buy this piece, I encourage you to click on the link below and listen to the arrangement while also viewing the music (so that you can read the words). This song will challenge your heart!
Just a couple of things to mention:
1) I have included the words of this hymn in the arrangement to help us (I hope) focus on the message of the song as we play (I’ll be playing this as part of our Easter service). I hope to continue doing this moving forward.
2) This song is a good congregational hymn for Easter, so perhaps this arrangement can serve as a teaching tool for congregations not familiar with it. The arrangement is in D Major, which is the same key as the congregational version. You can download a PDF of the congregational music for free here (use your CCLI license to project or include in a bulletin).

  

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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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Nov 16 2012

Free: Angels We Have Heard On High – Early Intermediate Piano Duet

I thought I would share this piece in case anyone else might be able to use it for this Christmas. It’s a 4-hand one-piano duet I just finished up for my boys to play. (side note: I use the Alfred Premier Piano Series to teach my boys and they are currently in Book 3…that’s how I came up with the difficulty level and what musical elements to employ.) I really enjoyed writing this, as in all my years of writing this is my first attempt ever at a piano duet of any kind! If you decide to use this piece, I’d really love any feedback on anything you liked about it and any ideas to make it better. Click on the links below to listen to the piece and view/download the music for free (I’ll leave it up for free until the end of the year). God bless!

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Oct 29 2012

What Child Is This?

This has always been one of my favorite Christmas melodies (not that the words aren’t wonderful, too!) and was the first song on my 2007 “A Quiet Christmas” CD. Last year, I decided to write out the original arrangement so that I could play it for Christmas and ended up expanding it by adding some original material. Perhaps you will find it useful for your situation, and so I figured I’d put out here–still enough ahead of Christmas that you should have time to learn it. You’ll notice I decided to use a synth sound I just love for Christmas, but it works just as well for true solo piano. Merry Christmas!

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Jul 21 2012

Complete in Thee

Our church really enjoys singing this new tune for Complete in Thee and it seems well-known enough among other churches at this point that I thought a piano arrangement might be useful. If your church is not currently familiar with this tune, then you might consider introducing it as a congregational hymn first. You can get the music here. This is an easy arrangement, and should be playable by most church pianists. God bless!

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Jun 20 2011

It Is Well With My Soul

I have always loved this hymn and the story behind it.  For this arrangement, I tried to bring out the words of each stanza, but I also had to balance the musicality of the piece.  So, it is important to realize when listening to or playing this piece that I was thinking of the verses in this order: 1, 3, 2, 4.  I hope you will find it to be a blessing, and welcome your feedback!

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