Thanks to the notational labors of my dear friend and cellist extraordinaire Jon Wiest, I’m able to post some of the string parts we’ve arranged for our worship gatherings over the past year. Of course, strings are C instruments, so you can use these parts with any C instruments you want (but beware the occasional tenor clef). If you use these, here are a few things to keep in mind:
1) We improvise. A lot. So while some of these have notated parts for the full song, many of them will have chorus/bridge parts but leave you to improvise using chord tones on the verses, etc. Sometimes a part will just drop out because that player was improvising (for instance, no cello part means the cellist was playing bass notes from the chord chart for that section). If you’re looking for instrumental parts for a large ensemble or you need entire songs written out, you should check out Praise Charts or similar sites.
2) We chose whatever key fit our vocalists and congregation best, so they are not usually in the original keys. But let’s be honest—your congregation can’t sing in the original key, either, so just be nice to them and use these keys. 🙂
3) There are no lyrics and usually no chords because of copyright, so while the song sections are labeled, you’ll need to pair these with chord charts to make them useful. We use charts from SongSelect, so often these arrangements will fit well with SongSelect chord charts.
4) We’re sharing these as Creative Commons CC BY-NC. That means you can use/remix them, but please give attribution (within reason, of course—if you’re using them in your church’s worship services, don’t worry about it, but for anything else, please attribute). Also, you cannot use them commercially/for profit without permission. Click the link above for more info. Contact us if you have questions. And please let us know how you are using them! We love hearing what you’re up to.
As we arrange more, we’ll post updates here.
Key: Vn=violin | Va=viola | Vc=cello || Br=bridge | Ch=chorus | I=intro | PC=prechorus | V=verse
When a cello part drops out, play bass notes through that section.
|Amazing Grace (My Chains)||Chris Tomlin||E||Vn, Va, Vc||Ch|
|Breathe||Charlie Hall||A||Vn, Vc||All|
|Death in His Grave||John Mark McMillan||D||Vn, Vc||I, Ch, Br|
|Forever Reign||Hillsong||C||Vn, Va, Vc||Ch, Br|
|Give Me Jesus||Fernando Ortega||A||Vn, Vc||All|
|How Can I Keep From Singing||Chris Tomlin||G||Vn, Vc||I, Ch, Br|
|I Am Free||Jared Anderson||A||Vn||Ch, Br|
|In Christ Alone||King’s Kaleidoscope||E||Vn, Vc||All|
|My Heart Is Overwhelmed||Hillsong||D||Vn, Vc||I, V2, Br|
|O Worship the King||Chris Tomlin||G||Vn, Vc||I, Ch|
|Oh Love That Will Not Let Me Go||Robbie Seay Band||C||Vn, Vc||V, Ch, Inst|
|One Pure and Holy Passion||Passion Worship B.||A||Vn, Vc||All|
|Our God||Chris Tomlin||G||Vn, Va, Vc||I|
|Take My Life and Let It Be||Chris Tomlin||D||Vn, Va, Vc||Ch, End|
|The Lost Are Found||Hillsong||A||Vn, Vc||I, Ch, Br|
|The Stand||Hillsong||A||Vn, Vc||PC, Ch|
|With Everything||Hillsong (2009)||A||Vn, Vc||All|
|You Love Me Anyway||Sidewalk Prophets||D||Vn, Va, Vc||All|
|Your Love Is Strong||Jon Foreman||B||Vn, Va, Vc||All|
|Angels We Have Heard on High||North Point||E||Vn, Vc||I, Br|
|Born in Bethlehem||Third Day||D||Vn, Vc||All|
|Christ the Lord Is Risen Today||Our Version||A||Vn, Vc||I, Ch, V4|
|O Come All Ye Faithful||North Point||E||Vn, Vc||I, Ch|
|The First Noel||Phil Wickham||D||Vn, Vc||I, V|
String Parts from Radiate by Jonathon Wiest & Tristan Mason is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
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