Welcome to Marcia Wells Piano!
I am often asked how long I have played the piano, or at what age I started taking piano lessons. Honestly, I don’t really remember not playing the piano. Music has always been a big part of my life. Growing up, my mother played the piano and my father was a church song leader. Every small county church had a revival every spring and every fall, so I spent many nights, for weeks at a time, listening to my dad lead the singing while my mom played, and there were often others from the church or community that would also bring their musical talent to share.
My mother was my piano teacher, so I don’t know at what age I began to officially start piano lessons, but it was young, probably 3 or 4. I have played a little bit of everything from classical, ragtime and jazz, to Southern Gospel and hymns. The songs I always come back to are the sweet simple melodies of hymns. These are the songs I play for prelude, communion or offertories. Sometimes I sit at my piano with my eyes closed and just play. I have been asked countless times for the music I play, but until now, it has just been in my head and not on paper. Those are the melodies that I have now put in print for you to enjoy as well.
I enjoy taking song melodies and changing the chords to give them a new, unique sound. Just changing a few chords or adding a minor chord in place of a major, can give a song a whole new sound. I have included sample pages as well as audio clips of my interpretation of each song that will give you an idea of how the music looks and sounds. These arrangements are all for piano solo and are intermediate or late-intermediate grade. This is still a work in progress and I will continue to add new songs, hopefully often.
I hope you enjoy playing these songs as much as I have enjoyed arranging them!
Blessing and Enjoy!