Do you remember the books you used when you were a beginning piano student? These METHOD BOOKS were always available in SERIES (Beginner through Advanced) and taught you the basic elements of music (melody, rhythm, harmony, etc.). Then, when you were finished with the 'basics', you could play some 'real songs' (in SERIES). You know, books that featured themes like: GREATEST HITS, TOP SONGS, JAZZ-STYLE, BROADWAY SHOW TUNES, POPULAR MOVIE THEMES . . . you get the idea!
On a personal note, it has always been rewarding for me as an arranger to write books for SERIES because pianists liked playing them! Solos created for SERIES seemed to be among the most popular. I have been an Alfred author since 2010, but I had never checked to see how many SERIES I had written during that time. So, being a 'list person', I decided to make one! (Btw each SERIES includes two or more books with the same theme.)
2016 GREATEST CHRISTIAN HITS
2017 GREATEST CHRISTIAN HITS
A - Z PRAISE & WORSHIP HITS (Easy Piano)
A - Z PRAISE & WORSHIP HITS (Early Advanced)
HYMNS FOR TODAY
CHRISTMAS CAROLS FOR TODAY
MEDLEYS FOR BLENDED WORSHIP (Books 1, 2 and 3) plus CHRISTMAS and COMPLETE COLLECTION
PURE & SIMPLE (Blended Worship, Christmas, Gaither and Worship)
TOP 50 PRAISE & WORSHIP
TOP 50 CHRISTIAN HITS
WHAT PRAISE CAN I PLAY ON SUNDAY? (Books 1 - 6) plus CHRISTMAS, EASTER and COMPLETE COLLECTION
What is missing from this list? A solo piano SERIES featuring SERVICE MUSIC
What is SERVICE MUSIC? Three instrumental music solos (usually keyboard) included on a regular basis in most Sunday morning worship services
What are those three solos? PRELUDES, OFFERTORIES and POSTLUDES
What would make planning your weekly service music easier? A SERIES of solos designed especially for PRELUDES, OFFERTORIES and POSTLUDES
INTRODUCING . . .
WORSHIP ESSENTIALS will be introduced in more detail in the March newsletter.
These first three books in the WORSHIP ESSENTIALS series are now available on the Alfred Music website (www.alfred.com) and will be available on this website ASAP.
Coming next month: solos for the Lenten season and Easter Sunday
Please note that the FREE ARRANGEMENT of "Were You There?" will be extended through the end of March 2019. Get it HERE.
Don't forget . . . just a matter of days now until the beginning of Lent on March 6 (Ash Wednesday).