THE OLD RUGGED CROSS
Here is an arrangement for beginners. The music is written in Easy To Read Notes, which are note letters embedded in the head of the note. The style of this arrangement is simple chord and melody style. Play the chords in the left hand while you play the melody in the right hand. However, this arrangement is in the key of Bb, which is a little bit more difficult than the key of C major which is what you have down below. But, this song is always played and sung in the Key of Bb in a traditional church service. PDF file of E-Z note Sheet Music. PDF of the standard sheet music notation. Midi file of the auido. You can watch my YouTube video lesson on how to play a 3/4 time accompaniment piano pattern for "The Old Rugged Cross". After watching the video you can print up this PDF file of the accompaniment pattern that I used in the video.
You can accompany yourself on the piano as you sing the Old Rugged Cross by using a very, very easy 3 / 4 time pattern. You start out with a right hand chord, at the same time, your left hand pinky starts out with the root of the same chord. Just hold down the right hand chord as your left hand continues to play the 3rd, and the 5th of the chord. When your left hand completes the chord, then your right hand just breaks the chord up into root, 3rd, and 5th. The best way to understand this pattern is to hear it played as an exercise. This midi file will take the pattern through C - Dm - Em - F chords. This is a 3 / 4 time pattern, and each part of the pattern is an 8th note. You would use a verbal count that goes like this: One and, Two and, Three and. This is an ascending chord arpeggio.
The next step for you to take in order to master this pattern is to take a look at the sheet music of this pattern. So, click on the pdf file below. Print up the sheet music and look at it as you play the midi file again.
If you have trouble reading music, you can download this WORD DOCUMENT which uses color, and graphics, to explain and teach you how to master this pattern.
Your next step is to listen how this pattern can be implemented into a song. Click on the midi file link next to hear how The Old Rugged Cross sounds when backed up by a piano using only this one pattern.
Now, download the pdf file of the music arrangement that you just heard, and play The Old Rugged Cross on your own piano or keyboard and sing it as play.
There are about 5 different variations on pattern 105C. You should order my piano pattern books so that you can learn hundreds of piano accompaniment patterns. Once you do this, you can start playing free style piano in the church. You can have better praise and worship singing in your home ministry. You will be able to praise God freely, and joyously.
There are hundreds of different patterns you can put on this song. I heard Charlie Pride sing Amazing Grace in 4/4 time using a rhythm and blues chuck berry left hand piano bass. It worked.....sounded great. It's all about knowing how to arrange a song in any given style or gendre. Once you master the above simple pattern, let's try a different pattern on this song, plus, let's throw in a bass run in-between the chord changes. Bass runs really add a lot to a song. You can slip bass runs right into the middle of any of these patterns. When you listen to the midi file of the next arrangement of The Old Rugged Cross, listen to the left hand play bass runs in the middle of the pattern. It's easy to do. Really! You just need someone to show you how to do. Unfortunately, most piano teachers are trained to teach only classical music and they can't show you things like this. However, anybody can do it, if you just have some one to show you step by step how to do it. So, listen to this midi file. I purposely lowered the volume on the melody so that you can focus on the left hand bass run.
Now, if you want to, you can download the arrangement of this new pattern that will teach you how to implement bass runs in a 3 / 4 time environment.
DID THE BODY OF JESUS GO?
of the logic concerning the empty tomb. Jesus prophesied that he would
rise again on the third day. The Pharisees said, "We don't think so,
because no man has ever raised himself from the grave." They
were aware that Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead, but their lust for power
blinded their minds to the truth.
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