Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Welcome!!

I have started this blog in order to help those that would like to teach handbells to children throughout the world! Most of the music that I will post is music for the Primary children in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the Children's Songbook since that is where I get the opportunity to teach children music.

As an introduction, there are several abbreviations on my songs as listed below:

CSB- Children's Songbook- the songbook that is used to teach the Primary children (ages 3-12) in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

HB- Hymnbook- the hymnbook that is used for the congregation in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

HL- Hobby Lobby bells- any music with this noted means that the colors of the bells are specific to the bells sold at Hobby Lobby. Keep in mind that the songs can be played on either set of bells- just know that the colors will be different. A,B,F,G, are the main ones that will be different colors. The letters should be consistant with any bells.

KP- KidsPlay bells. If a song does not have a HL or KP, it will also be for the KidsPlay bells.

A, B, C, D- I tried to notate how difficult the music was. "A" is the easiest and "D" is the hardest.

Key of C- In order to make the music for the Hobby Lobby bells I had to change the key in order to make it playable. Please note that these songs are not in the same key as originally published in the songbooks.

Some of the bells have grey handles- this means that the bell that is supposed to be played is either an octave above or below the bell that is included in the set. Keep in mind that these notes might sound a little odd.

If you find any problems with any of the songs, please let me know!! I try to get through as many songs as possible and I don't always get the chance to completely check my work.

I would love to post any other music that you have made also! I realize that it takes a lot of time and energy to create this music, so it is my hope that all of my readers can enjoy the time of effort that it took to create this music! Please let me know if you would like to donate to this consortium of work! There are many songs out there and I would love to share them so that we don't all have to repeat each others' work.

I am open to suggestions, comments and requests! Please let me know what I can do to make this blog better and to help you along your journey!!

Happy Playing!!