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Product Details

  • Series: Sacred Performer Collections
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music (May 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739038230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739038239
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 8.8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Classic hymns arranged in a beautiful way.
abakermom
This book is a very nice addition to any church pianist library who is looking for nice offertories or specials.
mrscams
The arrangements are so beautiful that I enjoy playing them again and again.
Scooter's Side Car

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Wallace on January 12, 2011
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I purchased this book last year and I am still in love with it. Tom Fettke builds in such beautiful lines and countermelodies. At first glance it would seem that many of the pieces are similarly arranged. That is to say that most are slow or moderate in regards to tempo and there aren't any difficult runs beyond sixteenth notes. However, he employs many wonderful compositional techniques to give each piece a unique beauty. Every piece has at least one, if not two key changes. He uses some echoes, non-chord tones, and accidentals to color each piece. The easier pieces (in my opinion) are probably "My Faith Looks Up to Thee" or "More Love to Thee". The harder pieces include "Take Time to Be Holy" (my favorite) and a certain section in "Be Though My Vision".

Personally, I struggle most with playing too many parallel octaves and it seems that there are quite a few sections where those are present. I either have to practice those sections a great deal, or just play the one octave. Most of his indications for fingerings are perfect, but I don't agree with all of them 100% of the time.

While this is the only book that I own by him, I would recommend it and any other works by him. This would make a great additional to any church pianist's library.

The titles for this book are:
Abide with Me
Be Thou My Vision
Day by Day
More Love to Thee / I Love Thee
My Faith Has Found a Resting Place
My Faith Looks Up to Thee
Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us
Sun of My Soul
Take My Life and Let It Be / I Surrender All
Take Time to Be Holy
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Eager Reader on September 30, 2007
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I can't believe I'm the first person on Amazon to review this gem! As a church organist for decades, I purchase piano arrangements infrequently and mainly for my own pleasure at home. This is probably the most delightful volume I've found in years. The lilting, flowing, velvety arrangements of long-loved hymn tunes are wonderful for private worshipful moments. In a number of significant ways, this book is unusual. The difficulty level is great enough to produce glorious sound, but not so hard as to cause frustration for someone without extensive hours available for practice. As an added bonus, I have been able to adapt this music quite easily for organ at church and have received numerous good comments on the result. Adapting "velvety" piano music for organ use is not always easy, especially when there are extensive runs, but this music is truly unique and anyone with good pedal technique could manage it easily. I just love these arrangements and am sure other church pianists or organists will too.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mary Young on January 20, 2011
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I bought this book based on the other reviews I read, which were all very positive. However, when I got the book, I was very dissapointed. The arrangements are exasperatingly simple, DEFINITELY not 'early advanced'. They are rather pretty, but cannot exist alone as piano solos. They might make a nice offeratory if you're really in a pinch. They would probably sound great on an organ or a keyboard, with like an orchestra strings setting or something. There are few, if any, octave reaches, so they would be good for students (or adults) with small hands. They're not very long, but they all have at least one key change in them. This book will remain on my shelf.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By lathamdm on April 11, 2013
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I have been a Tom Fettke fan for years and own every book he has ever had published, including his very early works. I have especially enjoyed his works entitled: "Hymns With a Velvet Touch", "Be Strong in the Lord", and "Christmas With a Velvet Touch". I am a church musician as well as a piano teacher, and I have a very extensive library of music. I am often in a pinch to find a Sunday offeratory or prelude that is beautiful, inspiring, and familiar to my congregation. Tom Fettke's books provide me with readily accessible music that is quickly mastered and enjoyed by all. I have used the 2 "Velvet Touch" books with my students to help them work on their legato playing. They have experienced a lot of success in playing his pieces as solos in their own churches. The works are correctly graded as Early Advanced, with a couple of exceptions that I consider to be Late Intermediate. I have also used a couple of the pieces from "Hymns with a Velvet Touch" for funerals and personal devotions. This book is one that remains on my piano in easy reach at all times.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm426 on March 11, 2010
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This book has beautiful arrangements that are appropriately graded at 'late intermediate to early advanced'. My only disappointment is they aren't hymns that are necessarily recognized by the folks at the Catholic church where I play... but they work great as soothing background music.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scooter's Side Car on February 15, 2010
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I love the way Mr. Fetke arranged these pieces! The arrangements are so beautiful that I enjoy playing them again and again. They have a broad enough range in difficultly that, as a late intermediate/early advanced struggling player, I was able to play at least one in church fairly quickly, and there are several that I will have to work at for awhile before I can play them well--but certainly they are well worth the work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Buford Wolford on June 26, 2013
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Not too difficult, but certainly not boring, either. Great harmonies and runs. Fun to play and exciting to use in worship.
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