Sheet Music ~ Original Songs and Arrangements by Eric Redmond
I started composing 'C Minor Theme and Variations' when I was about 15 years old. It sounds harder than it is, and has been a favorite of my students to play for recitals over the years. I've posted a series of video tutorials to help you learn to play this one. Have fun with it!
Come, Thou Fount DEMO of Intermediate Piano Solo
Eric playing his intermediate arrangement of "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing". On this demo, he's using the slight "Celtic flavor" option that he included with the sheet music.
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Sheet music in intermediate level, appropriate for either instrumental solo or accompanying singers. I included an option with a Celtic flavor, and some optional endings. I'd start with the singalong version (which also makes a great shorter piano solo), and then move to the longer solo which incorporates the "sing-along version" as one verse, then moves to jazzier chords for a 2nd verse. It's intended to be able to be memorized, so would be ideal for recitals / competitions, etc. I also included a "smaller hands" version of the shorter solo (which also works for sing-alongs), so that those who can't comfortably reach an octave can enjoy this. I hope to put up some YouTube videos soon, including how I use this "singalong version" to teach using lead sheets. The longer piano solo version does NOT have the lyrics, while the included shorter versions DO. Also scroll down on this page... the next item should be a FREE download of the SATB (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, & Bass) parts, which is in the Public Domain. This is the version that is in most hymnals, though I've put it in a slightly lower key, making it easier to both sing (for most people) and easier to play on piano.
I'm on a mission to bring the great old hymns back, with beautiful parts being sung, demonstrating our harmony in Christ, and how each one does our "part" :-) So please print as many of these FREE, hymnal style sheets as you'd like! It also includes some key verses that the song is built on, and a brief explanation of what "Ebenezer" means (no, it has nothing to do with Scrooge). I love some of the additional verses floating around (my fave is here: https://sovereigngracemusic.org/music/songs/come-thou-fount-of-every-blessing/), and I left room for you to hand-write your favorite in, if you'd like. These parts fit perfectly with almost all hymnals (I just put them in a little lower key) and they're perfectly accompanied by my intermediate piano version that you can buy in my music store. Hoping to have free YouTube videos soon, teaching how to sing these parts, so keep checking in :-)
This is an arrangement that sounds beautiful on its own as a piano solo (or duet - one person could do the LH part and pedal, with the other person handling the RH part). But it's also very suitable for sing-along, and is a little lower (and more accessible for more voices) than the traditional key of Bb. Guitarists love this key as well, and can use the chord symbols to play along, if desired. Just after this download, you can do a free download of vocal parts (4 part - Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass). These parts are Public Domain, so you can print as many copies as you'd like for sing-along purposes. These parts work beautifully with the piano version here.
Free download of vocal parts (4 part - Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass). These parts are Public Domain, so you can print as many copies as you'd like for sing-along purposes. These parts work beautifully with my piano arrangement in the key of G, above.
Walking in Blue, with smaller hands and triplet exercise
This is a short, fun song that's really more of an exercise (but sounds really nice) to introduce blues scales. This is an exciting (and very impressive) way to "warm up" your fingers when trying out a friend's piano :-) This song/exercise works wonderfully when students have started learning 8th note Triplets, and is a great introduction to my "When the Saints Go Marching In". As a matter of fact, the very cool ending on both songs is the same (and I use this ending on other fun, blues or Gospel type songs). I included a "Smaller Hands Version" for students who can't quite comfortably reach an octave (Instead of tremolo at the end, while holding the pedal, the student sort of "hammers" a very low C in the LH. And notice the tiny difference in the RH at the end, so it's not as much of a stretch). I also threw in a Triplet Exercise to get students more confident in counting triplets.
In both "Walking In Blue" and "When the Saints" I'm starting the blues scale on the 3rd note of the chord, so it emphasizes the Major sound. For example, I start with an Am blues scale, but since I'm starting and ending on C, it emphasizes the happier sound and ends up on a Cadd6 chord. Notice that Cadd6 is just a different voicing of Am7 - the same note, just rearranged. All add6 chords are just a re-arranging of some other 7th chord - that's why add6 chords sound so 7th-ish!