For Beginning Organists and Pianists
“For Beginning Organists and Pianists,” Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 385–86
Adapting Hymn Accompaniments
Some hymns may have notes or passages that are difficult to play. Feel free to adapt such passages to your own ability by dropping less-important notes from chords. You may want to mark your own hymnbook for this purpose.
Hymns frequently have a space between the tenor and bass notes that is too wide to reach with the left hand. Often the right hand can include the tenor note quite easily. You may want to mark such notes with a bracket to remind yourself to play them with your right hand:
Some hymns and children’s songs are written with the piano in mind. If the organ is used for these songs, it is sometimes preferable to use manuals only, without pedals.
Some Hymns That Are Easy to Play:
“Come, Follow Me”; “Do What Is Right”; “God Be with You”; “How Gentle God’s Commands”; “I Stand All Amazed”; “Keep the Commandments”; “Let the Holy Spirit Guide”; “Now Let Us Rejoice”; “Redeemer of Israel”; “Sweet Is the Work”; “Sweet Hour of Prayer”; “Teach Me to Walk in the Light”; “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet.”^ Back to top