“Be Thou My Vision” Piano Arrangement

This is a fairly simple piano arrangement of the hymn “Be Thou My Vision”, with some “interesting” chords. I really like this hymn, and I wanted to try arranging it with some different chords. I quite like the 7th and 9th chords used here.

Here is the basic arrangement of a verse. It is intended to be suitable for a congregation to sing with, so it doesn’t do anything unusual with the rhythm.

From this basic arrangement, for a piano solo it is possible to do a little improvisation. Here is a quick sample as an MP3.

As far as I can tell, the original melody is quite old, and not copyrighted. As for this arrangement, you are free to copy and perform this item without limitation.

Other arrangements

Here are a few other piano arrangements I've come across that sound good:

Music: 

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Be Thou My Vision

Hello Craig,

Thank you very much for sharing this beautiful arrangement.
Happy Holidays!

Arrangement improv

Any tips for the improv version. I've learnt the first one with the sheet music but I would like to embellish it

Arrangement improv

Good question. I guess it comes down to (a) understanding the notes that can be used to add embellishments, and (b) being able to play embellishments smoothly. For part (a), I would suggest listening to the improvisations of others, and trying on the piano to reproduce some of their embellishments. You could try playing around on the piano to come up with your own. It's good to understand chord and scale musical theory behind embellishments. If that's hard you could ask a pianist who does improvisations, or take some lessons. For part (b) it's all about practice.

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Love it! Very interesting topics, I hope the incoming comments and suggestion are equally positive. Thank you for sharing this information that is actually helpful.

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