I am always on the lookout for good music resources for congregations who don’t have any instrumentalists. Recently as I was searching for recorded music to use at a funeral, I discovered yet another source of good quality piano accompaniments for congregational singing. It’s a series of collections available in CD or downloadable mp3 files. The series is called Worship Service Resources. Lamon Records, Nashville, TN, is the publisher. The CDs are available from the publisher, from Amazon.com and other outlets, and you can download the mp3s from Amazon or iTunes. The CDs run about $16-$20 new, and I noticed that there are some used copies available on Amazon. Mp3 albums run $8.99 to $9.99, with individual tracks costing .99 each. There are ten collections, and each collection contains 25 hymns.
I surveyed the entire hymn list on iTunes. Included are many traditional hymns, such as “A Mighty Fortress,” more recent hymns, such as “How Great Thou Art,” and gospel hymns, such as “He Touched Me.” There is a Christmas collection that includes all the classics like “Silent Night,” along with “O Holy Night” and “The Birthday of a King” that might appeal to soloists and choirs.
Here is the entire playlist from the collection “Majestic Hymns:”
1. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
2. A Mighty Fortress is Our God
3. And Can It Be
4. Come Christians Join to Sing
5. Come Thou Almighty King
6. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
8. God of Our Fathers
9. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
10. Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
11. Holy, Holy, Holy
12. How Firm a Foundation
13. How Great Thou Art
14. Immortal, Invisible
15. I Sing the Mighty Power of God
16. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
17. Like a River Glorious
18. Love Divine All Loves Excelling
19. My Faith Has Found a Resting Place
20. O For a Thousand Tongues To Sing
21. O God, Our Help in Ages Past
22. O Worship the King
23. Praise To the Lord the Almighty
24. The Church’s One Foundation
25. This Is My Father’s World
View my post reviewing other available CDs here.
For other links to sources of instrumental music for hymn singing, see below:
The Hymn Project: CDs of piano hymn accompaniment. 200 hymns on 7 CDs costs $99.00. I know a lay pastor who has used these, and I can put you in contact. He puts hymns on his iPod and plays them through speakers. Contact me.
Hymns for Church: 300 hymns available on CD ($80.00) or download mp3 files ($60.00). Also offers hymn booklets for download or to be shipped, and PowerPoint files for download.
Smallchurchmusic.com: Downloads of mp3 files to accompany your hymns. Free downloads for music in the public domain. Small fee for accompaniment of copyrighted music. This site has an interesting collection of links. Click here for a fuller review of the site.
Audio editing software: WavePad Audio Editing Software. Free software download you can try. The lay pastor I mentioned above uses this software to edit tracks for use. He can add/subtract verses and change tempo. Let me know if you’d like to talk with him about this.
Digital hymnals: (small computers that can play thousands of hymns in many instrumentations) are also available, but are quite expensive:
Digital Hymnal Plus: http://www.tempoone.com/hymnalplusht300na.html
Synthia Hymn Player: Synthia does not produce any sound in itself, but rather plays music on your MIDI compatible organ, piano or PC. Synthia was designed to provide accompaniment music for worship services just as if a keyboard artist were there to play your music. Explore it here: http://www.synthiahymnplayer.com