||A note from composer/arranger Don Chapman:
Hi, I'm Don Chapman, the arranger for HymnCharts.
I want to take a moment
and tell you about
HymnCharts and why I started
If your church has a praise band, I'm sure you're struggling with hymns. Every church where I've worked struggles
with them. The contemporary praise group
usually avoids them and the traditional group
constantly asks for them. Worship leaders,
I'm sure you know what I'm talking about
(and I bet you can think right now of names
and faces from each group!)
I decided to do something about
it. I like
to solve problems and this one
I've discovered the key problem
is that hymns
are written for pipe organs,
Hymns don't groove, and therefore don't really
blend with today's praise and worship sets. The chords change on nearly every beat
and guitarists don't like that.
to strum a while and build momentum
And here's my secret to HymnCharts: I smooth out the chord structure of hymns
(generally no more than 2 chords
and give them a little contemporary
Your problems with combining hymns with choruses
don't stop with guitarists, either. Most
pianists pound the keys (that's how I was
taught in my piano lessons - to whip up and
down the piano to carry the congregation!)
HymnCharts tones the keyboardists down, teaching
them to play rhythmically and appropriately.
These arrangements will blend your guitarists and keyboardists into
a tight group.
HymnCharts are all about making hymns flow
with contemporary worship. You really won't believe your ears. These
hymns take on a new life and
they're really praise songs in
I'm very pleased with these arrangements.
During our test phase, the churches that
worshipped with HymnCharts found them to
be wildly successful. And I mean wildly. In fact, incorporating
these charts into worship has been the most
successful thing I've done in my 20 years
working in the music ministry.
Why? A big reason is everyone's
happy! These charts are contemporary enough for
the praise band and yet still have appeal
for a traditionalist. I've found that people want to sing hymns,
but they don't necessarily want to sing them
the "old fashioned" way.
I've had a mid-twenties rocker
and a 60+
woman tell me they love this
stuff. When was the last time you've had two extreme
age groups love the same music?
From one of our customers:
|I have been using your HymnCharts for about
nine months, and with their
addition I have
noticed that the tension
in our congregation
concerning the "music
eased. Hymn lovers are
satisfied, those unfamiliar
with or antagonistic toward
hymns are finding
an appreciation for them,
the band is positive
about them, and the stress
is removed from
my shoulders. Thank you
for making these
charts available and for
being so gracious
with the pricing and usage.
|New Beginnings Church of God
I guarantee that subscribing to HymnCharts
will be the best thing you can do to bring
your church together in worship. And any church can benefit from HymnCharts,
no matter how large or small your music program.
The arrangements sound great with just a
piano and guitar as well as with a full band!
Are you blended or contemporary? HymnCharts
can fit your worship style.
We're so sure you'll love HymnCharts
we'll completely refund your money if you're
not completely delighted. Subscribe today and experience worship like you've never
experienced it before!
Next: List of Hymns
Watch Away In a Manger
sung by session vocalists
O Come O Come Emmanuel