Features of the Christian Virtual Hymnal

See hymns on your screen exactly as they will print. You can specify things like whether you want:

  • Traditional SATB 4 part harmony as found in the hardbound hymnals or melody only;
  • To use an alternate tune;
  • To transpose to any key;
  • To scale the music and/or verses to almost any size and quickly reformat;
  • To reorder verses and/or delete any verses --- display/print just the verses you want;
  • Chord names or guitar fret diagrams or none;
  • 1, 2, 3, all or no verses under the notes or after the hymn in 1 or 2 column format;
  • Verses only (no music --- good for weekly bulletins, caroling, etc.) with optional chord names/fret diagrams;
  • To print the music as chord charts in any key (verse and chordname fonts and sizes are user specifiable);
  • Export verses only to an ascii (text) file;
  • Extract any combination of parts, optionally with verses;
  • To display the music using shape notes or standard round noteheads;
  • To display the music using tablature for guitar, banjo, or any other stringed instrument;

And when playing,

  • Change tempos and specify number of times to repeat playing;
  • Specify different general MIDI instruments for the treble and bass clefs;
  • When playing a hymn more than once, specify different instruments to be used for each repetition (much like when an organist changes the organ stops at the beginning of each stanza);
  • Save hymns as MIDI files which then can be played later or imported into a sequencing program for further manipulation;

Regarding Handel's Messiah (based on the Chrysander version):

  • Scale the music to different sizes and automatically reformat it to fit the pages;
  • Use any available font and size for lyrics;
  • Extract any combination of parts;
  • Scale any combination of parts smaller than the other parts;
  • Transpose any combination of parts (to facilitate the performance of the music by transposing instruments);
  • Display the music as shape notes;
  • Display individual parts with or as tablature;
  • Have the music played by your computer, optionally after changing the tempo;
  • Save the music as a MIDI file;
  • And print in portrait or landscape page orientation.

If your church uses the 2008 Lifeway Baptist Hymnal, Celebration Hymnal®, Hymnal for Worship and Celebration, 1991 Baptist Hymnal, Lutheran Book of Worship, With One Voice, 1989 United Methodist Hymnal, 1990 Presbyterian Hymnal, New National Baptist Hymnal (21st Century Edition), Christian Life Hymnal, or the 1985 Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal, the Christian Virtual Hymnal is something you must have. It contains almost all the public domain songs (i.e., no CCLI license is required) in these collections and will save you many hundreds of hours and provide unprecedented flexibility in creating transposable sheet music with optional chord names/fret diagrams, transposable chord charts and MIDI files. Also included are about 170 SATB spirituals from John W. Work's American Negro Songs and a number of other hymns from older sources.

Over 4,000 public domain selections from the above-listed sources are included ready for use. Transpose to any key. Reorder and/or delete any verses. Display SATB, lead sheets or chord charts (verses only - no music - with chord names and fret diagrams). Extract any combination of parts.

Music and verses are the same as in the respective hymnals so no editing is generally required for congregations using these hymnals. Use the Christian Virtual Hymnal (either by itself or in conjunction with a sequencing program) in place of an organist. Quickly print out just hymn verses for weekly bulletins or transpose hymns for the choir.

Individual hymns and Messiah scenes can be imported into the MusicEase Professional [version 8.1 and later] music score editor and fully edited.

[Integrity Music, Brentwood-Benson and MediaShout Corporation have all used this same virtual hymnal technology of ours in their products. E.g., we created Brentwood-Benson's "Praise and Worship Song Book With Over 600 Songs" CD-ROM with this technology.]

There is also a generic, scaled down version, the Christian Virtual Hymnal Lite, containing just several hundred of the more standard hymns.

The Christian Virtual Hymnal is fully self-contained. MusicEase Professional is not required to run it.