Is it harder to play hymns or classical music on the piano?

already exists.

Would you like to merge this question into it?

already exists as an alternate of this question.

Would you like to make it the primary and merge this question into it?

exists and is an alternate of .

Of course, one must ask "what hymn" vs. "what classical piece". There are many piano pieces that can be classified as classical that are perhaps even easier than some hymns. But your question is a general one, so I'll be general in my answer. IN GENERAL:
There is absolutely no question that the playing of classical piano pieces is more difficult than the playing of hymns. The typical hymn - taken from a standard hymnal - consists of four "voices" (soprano, alto, tenor, bass), and the hymn's playing usually consists of a succession of chords, sometimes with a bit more motion on the part of the soprano voice (which usually carries the melody).
A casual inspection of a classical piece of more than "beginner" difficulty will reveal a much different structure. With Chopin, for instance, one finds difficult runs, horrendous stretches and fingering. In Bach, one might find a fugue with five different melodies interweaving at the same time.
Hymn-playing is a good exercise in sight-reading for the classical pianist, and a trained classical pianist can play any hymn on sight with ease. The opposite is not true. The experienced hymn-player without classical training will be hard pressed to play any but the most easy classical piece. And there are few classical pieces for piano beyond "beginner" level that can be played on sight, but rather must be practiced and labored over many times before perfection can be reached.
Jerre Conder  
Thats not really an answerable question, some people have the natural gift, like if you were to ask me if it was hard to play drums, i would say no its very easy, but if you were to ask someone who DOESNT play them, they would probably say its hard.. it could be easier for some people and harder for others..
Both answers above have more than a little merit. My own experience may add a perspective. I played classical piano for years (at a strong intermediate to advanced level) before I found myself having to play hymns from a standard hymnal. At first, the characteristic rhythms of some of them were foreign and a little tricky. I got to the point where I could play the voices "as notated" reasonably well. But others in the congregation can sit down, and effortlessly and spontaneously "orchestrate" any hymn (improvise) using the "notes" only as a creative guide. That is a skill that is utterly beyond me, short of giving away all of my music scores and devoting serious time and effort to learning some new skills. I'm not about to do that.

With hymns, they are easier to play on the organ than the piano, due to the pedals on the organ.

It depends on the music and how easily it is written. I can play the piano and I personally think that hymns are easier as they mainly have chords.  Speaking as a professional organist who has played in church for over 48 years, hymn playing is an art in itself. Sure, when you are alone and practicing, it's easy to hold to the tempo ... but add 300 people singing, and it becomes a chore to hold your initial tempo. One has to listen to both yourself and the congregation so as not to get too far ahead, but if you follow them, you will soon be slower than molasses and eventually go right down the drain.

There are "Tricks" that organists can employ to make the congregation speed up tempo ... one thing that I use when this happens is to add leading and following notes to the chords - hard to explain in words - but hearing the "movement" between the block chord of the hymn, helps the congregation keep to your tempo.
Takes practice ... practice over many years to develop this technique, but once learned, it almost becomes automatic.
31 people found this useful

Which is harder to play piano or guitar?

That is hard to answer because there are many differences between the guitar and piano. In different ways it's harder and easier. A piano is harder to master than a guitar and

Is it harder to play piano or the violin?

Quite honestly, it all depends on your own ability and your willingness to practice effectively. Personally, I believe that one should always learn the piano first before att

Which one is harder to play the guitar or the piano?

That is pretty difficult to answer because there aren't many comparisons between the guitar and piano(trust me I know how to play them both).In different ways it's harder and

Which instrument is harder to play flute or piano?

This depends on the player. Some will find one easier than the other. Some find them equally challenging. Flute music is usually easier to read, however; because the flute c

What was the classical piano music played by seven of nine in Star Trek voyager?

i watch star trek voyager regularly and i do doubt that she really played the piano but you never know, she could be a piano master, you never know. :) It's Chopin's Opus 72

What is harder to play piano or harp?

The harp is generally considered to be the more difficult of the two instruments to play. In professional orchestras, a concert harpist is very coveted because these players t

Who are the Masters of Classical Music in piano?

If you mean classical composers that are Masters, then Wolfang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven,Johann Sebastian Bach (in baroque music), Frederic Chopin(in romantic ages)
In Composers

What composers played the classic piano?

The composers that also played the classic piano may have included Carl Bach, Johann Bach, Beethoven, Clementi, Dussek, Haydn, Kozeluch, Lebrun, Mozart, and Salieri. There ma