Just as I Am
Charlotte Elliott, William B. Bradbury
Arr. Eddie Lewis
Here’s another installment to our Trumpet Hymn Duet Series. These are traditional hymns arranged for trumpet duet in a way that makes them 100% appropriate for traditional church services. In these arrangements, I strive to stay true to the original harmonies and the original mood of the hymn. This arrangement of Just as I Am is our thirteenth Trumpet Hymn Duet.
Trumpet duets are nice. Hymns are beautiful. Trumpet Hymn Duets are “nice AND beautiful”. You can use these hymns to praise God as part of a church service or just spend time with a friend playing “nice AND beautiful” duets.
Just as I Am – Skill Level
In our seven level skill system, this arrangement of Just as I Am Trumpet Hymn Duet falls in the third level, the Trumpet Player level. But keep in mind that the piece is supposed to be in a pensive, meditative mood. So even though the notes and rhythms fall in that third level, to have a great performance of the piece requires a bit more than just playing the right notes and rhythms.
I remember writing something very similar about a previous Trumpet Hymn Duet arrangement. To keep the correct feel of the piece requires longer phrases and a LOT of breath control.
In the video, when I get to the end of the piece, I have to exercise a lot of effort to prevent myself from ruining the mood by gasping for breath. By the time I release the last note, my heart is pounding and I’m desperate for a full breath. I only share this with you so you understand what kind of effort it takes to make this piece sound like something more than just notes.