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Ten Classic Hymns for 8-note Bells and Boomwhackers® (with Color Coded Notes)

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Xylophone, Percussion Ensemble, Handbell, Orff instruments, one octave Handbells and Boomwhackers, Boomwhacker, handbell choir - Early Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Various. Arranged by Sharon Wilson. Christian, Sacred, Repertoire, Classroom, Children's Music. Score, Set of Parts. 111 pages. Published by Sharon Wilson (S0.225925).

Item Number: S0.225925

This collection contains 10 hymns arranged for 2-part ensembles using only 8-note instruments. Each song in this collection is notated with Handbells on one staff and Boomwhackers® on a second staff creating a 2-part instrumental ensemble (requires one set of each instrument). For each song, there is a combined score with both parts on a grand staff plus a separate 1-staff score for each individual part. A note chart is also provided to aid in the learning and teaching of these songs. Lyrics are provided as well for sing along enjoyment.

Each song includes two verses. Part one (handbells) play the melody for the first verse while part two (Boomwhackers®) provide harmony. After a short interlude, part two plays the melody for the second verse while part one plays harmony. If you want to play only the first verse of any song, an optional ending is provided or it can be skipped to perform the two verses together.

This set of scores uses colored noteheads corresponding to the Boomwhackers® color scheme. If you have a set of bells or tubes with a different color scheme, “Chroma-Notes Stick Ons” can be purchased and applied so the instruments match the Boomwhackers® color scheme. This set of scores is also available (separate purchase) in black and white which will print clearer if you do not have access to a color printer.

Only filled noteheads (quarter and eighth notes) are used so the notes are full color and easier to see (this does not indicate the bells need to be silenced immediately before the next beat). Also, only quarter rests are used to help visualize the number of beats per measure.

Though this sheet music is notated for Handbells and Boomwhackers®, these arrangements are playable by any 8-note, C major diatonic scale (one octave) instrument such as a xylophone or glockenspiel (though the color coding may not match).

Other suggestions and uses:
* have both parts played by bells or both parts played using only Boomwhackers®    
* form a choir using multiple sets of bells and/or Boomwhackers® (this would amplify the sound and allow more people to participate)
* use as part of the music education for children at school, home, or church
* these colorful, inexpensive instruments can be enjoyed by all ages and add a fun, unique element to activities and programs: senior centers, family reunions, church retreats, home school groups, or children’s ministries

The number of ringers and whackers needed will vary depending on the skill level of the participants. For more advanced players, each person could be assigned two or three notes. For beginners, it is best to assign one note to each person. Note assignment suggestions are included for each song.

Each of the 10 hymn arrangements is also available separately with accompanying preview pages and audio samples.

Titles included in this collection:
Amazing Grace
Count Your Blessings
Holy, Holy, Holy
Holy Manna
How Firm a Foundation
Nothing but the Blood
Ode to Joy (Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee)
On Jordan’s Stormy Banks
Shall We Gather at the River
What a Wonderful Savior

Boomwhackers® is a registered trademark of Rhythm Band Instruments, LLC, Fort Worth, TX. Used by permission.

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Unique features of the two collections of classic hymns for “Bells and Boomwhackers®”
“Ten Classic Hymns for Bells and Boomwhackers®”
Each song includes two verses so both parts get a turn playing the melody. For the first verse, the Handbells play the melody while the Boomwhackers® provide one or two note harmony. After a short interlude, the Boomwhackers® play the melody for the second verse while the Handbells play single-note harmony. If you want to play only the first verse, an optional ending is provided or it can be skipped to perform the two verses together.

“Twelve More Classic Hymns for Bells and Boomwhackers®”
For each song, the Handbells play the melody while the Boomwhackers® keep a steady beat with three-note chords. Chord names are provided on the score as well as a chord chart for each song. Several of the arrangements include two verses with a first “easy” verse followed by an “intermediate” second verse. For the songs with two verses, an optional ending is provided for the first verse or it can be skipped to perform the two verses together.

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