Old Gospel Hymns:
Sacred Harp Melody "Beach Spring" to
"Come Ye Sinners"

Old gospel hymns:  "Come Ye Sinners" has two melodies (see and hear the other one at THIS PAGE).  This free sheet music features the Sacred Harp melody "Beach Spring."  

This page includes lead sheets, an old-fashioned-sounding piano arrangement in two keys, and two beginner piano arrangements of Come Ye Sinners.

The lead sheets, below, contain just verse one of this very long gospel hymn's lyrics.  

Sacred Harp melody Beach Spring "Come Ye Sinners"

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"Gospel" means "Good news"

Old gospel hymns tell the story of the "Good News" (the literal meaning of the word "gospel").  This "good news" makes no sense unless you hear and understand the BAD NEWS - that mankind is cut off from the Creator by The Fall.  

Mankind needed help

In this lovely American hymn is a description of mankind's weakness, contrasted with the Saviour's willing substitution for us.

An easy melody to learn

Note that for string players, this Sacred Harp tune (called "Beach Spring") is one of those fun melodies that can be played with a simple fingering, using just 2 finger patterns with the rest all open strings.  

And even if you change keys, the same thing holds true!

Come Ye Sinners poor and wretched free piano sheet music

In this piano version, you may determine that some of the voice leading choices I made are breaking the rules.  

Parallel 4ths!  Open harmonies with no 3rds!  Well, I am keenly aware of those rules too, but I am loving the way this simple arrangement sounds, and how it lays in the hands for a pianist.

Sacred Harp hymns lyrics and free piano sheet music

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Here is the Shape notes hymn for piano-playing beginners:

free beginner piano sheet music
free beginner piano sheet

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Lettered notes for beginners

Now below is a version that turns the keyboard music notes into music notes with letters.  These made-easy notes render a difficult melody doable for a determined beginner:

Come, Ye Sinners for beginner piano
Come, Ye Sinners for beginning piano students

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I have had young students learn a melody quickly using a Middle C version, with or without "Alphanotes", then progress to playing the melody entirely with the right hand (with their own contrived fingering! - I look the other way), while adding simple chords with the left.

 I don't ask them to do this, but when they really love a melody, they pursue this challenge on their own.

Chord symbols for duet-making

That is one reason why I have the chord symbols above these simple sheet music arrangements.  Primarily, though, it is so these Middle C arrangements can be turned into duets (by a duet partner who understands chords...).

Enjoy this beautiful old Sacred Harp hymn!



The links for the hymn lead sheets, with chord symbols:


Download Come Ye Sinners Beach Spring lead sheet in the key of A


Download Sacred Harp hymn in the key of C


Old Gospel Hymns Beach Spring version of Come Ye Sinners in D


Download Sacred Harp melody Beach Spring in the key of Eb


Download Come Ye Sinners Beach Spring in F


Gospel hymn's lyrics Come Ye Sinners lead sheet in the key of G


The links to the piano accompaniment PDFs:


Download free piano accompaniment sheets online Beach Spring melody in the key of F


Download free piano sheetmusic Come Ye Sinners in the key of G (as shown above)


The links to the Middle C arrangements:


Download beginner Middle C piano arrangement of Come Ye Sinners


Download simple sheet music for piano at Middle C with lettered music notes


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Hi, I'm Dana!  (Say that like "Anna".)  I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com, and a newer site, SingTheBibleStory.com.

Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and have added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.

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