Wade in the Water - Gospel Hymn Spiritual Piano Solo

By: Traditional Spiritual
For: Solo instrument (Piano)
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Traditional Spiritual
Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
3 minutes
Folk music
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This arrangement is a transcription of my 2017 recording of the traditional spiritual, "Wade in the Water."

A play-along video of the arrangement is available at https://youtu.be/m6LG7CjLUHc. The video features an at-speed recording followed by a slow-motion version to help you figure things out. The slow-motion version starts at 2:48 in the video. Visit my youtube channel, http://www.youtube.com/RickBetts, for this and other songs.

Note that this arrangement is notated with "swing eighths," so each pair of eighth notes is played as if it were an eighth-note triplet, with the first eighth note getting 2/3 of the time allotted to the triplet. This song is good practice for working on hand independence and playing simple but effective bluesy gospel piano. Work on each hand independently and concentrate on making the left hand anchor the song with a solid beat as a bass player does.

Other versions to check out for ideas: Ramsey Lewis (1966 top 20 hit) - https://youtu.be/mvxpPJXiXck Mavis Staples - https://youtu.be/bmxGqqZf8gc Ella Jenkins - https://youtu.be/vg_8L96E3eU Mary Mary - https://youtu.be/1AwRdE1koj4

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