What to play on violin at church?
My church sings hymns during first service. There are about 8 people that sing all four parts (SATB). They are accompanied by a grand piano and sometimes a keyboard with an organ patch.
I asked to play along on my violin once a month and they gladly accepted me into the group. Now I am having a little trouble with deciding what to play with them. I just picked my violin back up last summer after playing at school for about 5 years. I really want to use my tallent to glorify God and I wanted a reason to get me to practice.
The first time I played I figured out the chords and slowly played the notes throughout the entire song. The sheet music given to us by the worship leader looks exatly like the pages from a hymn book. I really liked playing the chords but it was difficult to figure out what chord to play. I had a month to practice and figure out what to play for all 6 songs. But this time I only have a week. The piano player (my mom) suggested that I just play the alto line. So I will be doing that this week and see how it goes.
I do not have any experienced violin friends to help me with this and this website seems to be full of them. So if you were a not very experienced single violin playing with a small 4 part harmony choir and a piano, what would you play?
Here is a link to the video of the first time I played. http://www.truthcasting.com/player.aspx#showSermon=187671
Or go to cwcmv.org, find the sermons, and search for 2018-12-30 Traditional Service!
Hi! I think picking one of the parts to play is a good plan.
I have a bit of a different setup for my church's choir (well, not MINE, but I'm some kind of assistant to the music director there) and I usually am playing the melody to support the voices or a descant. If there's an instrumental line, then I'll play that.
The Devil's Trill???
You might try to play something during an offertory too. That time slot makes an excellent time to play a solo or with piano accompaniment.
Wendy, your sound sample seems like you are doing a good job so far. The minister also had some interesting things to say.
Yay for pastors kids...I am one too!! Thank you so much David. Having another violin player praise my playing means a lot!!
When I was a teenager I did a two-year stint as an organist in a small, progressive LCA church in my hometown. For offertory and processional type pieces, I found it useful to have books of Elizabethan music. I didn't really have foot-pedal chops, but with some practice I could double some of the bass notes in the keyboard part. I had pretty good improv skills, so I would sometimes play the piece twice (if there weren't repeats in the score already), ornamenting and improvising the second time through. Nobody ever called me on it because they didn't know the pieces! I had multiple books of that kind of music at home because our family had a harpsichord in addition to a piano. I also did the same thing with obscure hymns right out of the hymnal. I could sight read so I didn't really need more than a couple of runs through anything to be ready. If special stuff was requested for holidays, well then obviously I shedded that stuff. All of that was great fun and an incredible learning experience and I even enjoyed most of the sermons even though I've always been an atheist. I made it clear at the outset that I wasn't going to become a member or participate in any of the rites.
Wendy, wouldn't it be fun (and a little appealingly dangerous) if we could get a bunch of us together at a preacher's kids convention? I'd go, and I bet my sisters would too.
Playing in church is also the reason I picked up the violin again. Did you ever get to play in a church George? I had actually stopped before because I wasn't using the violin anywhere...just practicing. I am not sure I am even ready so much to play...but I can pretty much play notes on tune and I can sight read pretty fast (that is from my piano playing experience). I am still working on vibrato and moving to 3rd position. But hey, the church is gracious and I think I will learn things faster if I am performing at least once a month.
If you get online and google Celebration Hymnal, you will find that you an order a 1and 2 violin part. It’s a bit pricey but you will not be disappointed if are needing traditional. It does have some newer praise pieces too. It has a melody line and a 1st and 2nd line, so if you are very traditional and sing all verses you will add in so much just by reading what’s on the page! Keep up the good work!
I've played in church since the late 80's. Began on keys. Later took up guitar and bass. Started as a PT WL about 20 years ago. Mainly piano and vocals now with a drummer and a bass player.
Oh and the pastor's kids were always the biggest trouble makers ;) I can't begin to tell you some of the stories about one pastor's son in particular.
I really wish my church did an offitory. But we just pass the bags during the last song.
Bach's cantata - violin obligato! Can't go wrong with that, if you find a hell of a singer.