Welcome to the Hymn Descants Blog

A descant is a counter melody written above the original melody. Its main purpose is to enhance the original melody without overpowering it. It heightens the effectiveness of the worship experience by adding a sense of climax and joy to a hymn.

Why hymn descants? I felt a need to expand my flute playing in church to more that just playing the various lines in the hymnal. Descants allow me to do this and bring more glory to God through my music. I found a few descant resources scattered here and there about the internet, but no one comprehensive site, so www.hymndescants.com was born.

This blog provides a forum for all to discuss descants as used in hymns. Posts can cover finding descants, writing, playing and/or singing descants.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

The Cyber Hymnal

The Cyber Hymnal
This is the best site to find just about all your basic hymn tunes when composing your own descants. I like how it lets you search by Song Title or Hymn Tune name. Also, you can download the song as a midi file or in NoteWorthy Composer format.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Hymn Descants Store Now Open!

I just opened a store at lulu.com. I have posted four flute descants as downloadable sheet music for only $1.25 each. A short audio sample is available. Let me know if there are other tunes you are interested in. Also, check out my homepage also for free descants available.