UMC Offers Hundreds of Free Piano Accompaniment Recordings of Hymns

UMC Offers Hundreds of Free Piano Accompaniment Recordings of Hymns

Finding the right tools for WORSHIP with limited MUSICIAN resources

Churches with limited musician resources seem to be occurring in epidemic proportions. Also, many churches want to be able to utilize modern worship songs in their times of worship, but find it difficult to do so without proper instrumentation. Today, we have technologies available that provide great solutions for churches that need help. In this series of posts, I will be talking about many great solutions for churches of all worship styles–whether you need just a pianist or an entire band to assist in your times of corporate worship. This post is about one of several solutions for churches needing just a pianist or organist for their times of worship.

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The United Methodist Church has done a great job of providing hundreds of hymn accompaniment mp3s for their hymnals. You will find that we share hundreds of hymns in common.

These piano accompaniments of familiar hymns are provided as free downloads. They are intended to provide accompaniments for congregational singing for churches unable to provide accompaniment for singing. You may find that you can also use them for choir, solo, or Sunday School use, Christmas caroling, or singing at any group setting. 

In almost all cases, they have provided accompaniments from The United Methodist Hymnal (1989), with an introduction and multiple stanzas in the key provided in the hymnal. Occasionally an alternate harmonization is included. New hymns will be added in the future.

 

    Details

    The list of hymns may be sorted by hymn title, tune name or hymnal number by clicking on the column heading and you can choose to see up to 100 entries per page..

    Abbreviations:
    UMH – The United Methodist Hymnal
    TFWS – The Faith We Sing
    URW – Upper Room Worshipbook
    CH – Cokesbury Hymnal

    Click here to go to their database of hymns.

     To download and save a file for use:

    1. Right-click (control-click) on the hymn name
    2. Choose “Save Link As”
    3. Choose the folder location on your computer to save the file. You probably would find it helpful to name the file the name of the hymn rather than the Methodist hymn number.

    Note: Audio files may be adjusted in ways such as speeding them up or slowing them down with free Audacity software

    SAMPLE AUDIO FILES

    Copyright Information

    These piano accompaniment recordings are Copyright © 2015 The General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church, PO Box 340003, Nashville TN 37203-0003. Website www.umcdiscipleship.org . They may be downloaded and used in worship or other noncommercial church use or for private listening without additional permission. They may not be republished, used for profit, sold, or placed on a website.

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    Final Thoughts

    The UMC hymn project offers another great resource for FREE piano hymn accompaniment for congregational singing. I found a number of the songs to be rather slow, but that can be remedied with Audacity or other audio software that can adjust the tempo of the song. If you are needing piano accompaniment for congregational singing on a long-term or short-term basis and are on a tight budget, this resource, along with SmallChurchMusic.com, will provide numerous options for you.

    Kenny

     

    About The Author

    Kenny Lamm

    Worship Consultant for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. A frequent worship clinician and guest worship leader. Extensive work in worship renewal in several Asian countries.

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      I keep trying to apply the coupon code leadworship! to get the 10$ discount for the online worship boot camp, &it says coupon expired. The website doesnt say its expired

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        Hi Teresa. I believe the coupon should be working now. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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