I purchased this hymnal to be able to better lead hymns in my singing range. It is certainly lower and easier to sing the old hymns and some other more contemporary selections. The only drawback has been that because I have played the old hymns for many years, switching keys feels uncomfortable at times. Of course that does not reflect the quality of this hymnal. Good purchase!!
We like singing Hymns. We purchased this one when someone told us the songs were written in lower keys for easy singing. We did not find that so. Plus there are a host of older songs. So we were expecting a better combination of newer and common hymns we sing. Thanks but we are still looking.
For several years already, I've found this hymnal very useful in my music ministry at church. I just purchased it for another church musician because of its value to me. For those of us who don't play by ear, it has some hymns in other than the usual keys---many times lower. (It seems like many hymns are too high for the average singer.) Instrumentally, I've used some of the alternate tunes for a particular hymn to make a medley for my prelude or an offertory.