Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling - Hymn Piano Solo

(Hymn tune "Thompson")

Will L. Thompson
Year of arrangement
Will L. Thompson
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
3 minutes
Solo instrument (Piano)
Instrumental parts
Not available

This arrangement is a transcription of my 2017 recording of the gospel classic, "Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling."

My recording features a "country gospel combo" consisting of piano, acoustic guitar, pedal steel guitar, Hammond organ, bass, and drum kit. The piano arrangement works well with or without additional instrumentation, either as a solo piece or for vocal accompaniment. For students, the arrangement is a good opportunity to work on country gospel idiom. Concentrate on playing in a style that matches the lyrics - softly and tenderly, in other words! - and in playing expressively while holding a steady and laid-back tempo, which takes some practice to do. Effectively playing an understated piece, such as this one, can in some ways be more difficult than playing a piece with lots of fast notes.

My performance of this arrangement is available on youtube at, or visit my youtube channel,, for this and other songs.

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