How do I change the number of verses in a hymn?

You may always omit some verses, or your hymn book could have a different number to our recording...

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It's a common requirement
Many of us don't sing every verse in a long hymn (some hymn books even have 'starred verses' which are suggested omissions). In other cases, you may be using a different hymn book to the one we recorded from. Our recording is still fine to sing along to - but what happens when the count is wrong. There are three options:

  1. If it's too long, stop.
  2. Edit the file.
  3. Ask us to edit the file.
If it's too long, stop
The simplest approach if we've recorded more verses than you need is simply to press stop when you've heard enough verses. It means having someone on their toes operating the CD player or MP3 player, but it's perfectly possible to do.
Edit the file
If you have a computer, it's relatively simple to edit the music to remove or copy and add extra verses. Note that this can't be done directly on CDs - you have to have a file, either imported from a CD or one of our MP3s or downloads to work on.

The first requirement is a piece of music editing software. We recommend Audacity, which we use to edit our tracks - it's free and available for Windows, Mac and Linux. It looks a bit overwhelming to start with, but it is relatively simple. Or choose your own preferred software. When you open a sound file you will see the hymn as a set of waves - it's usually visually very clear where the (shorter) playover and then the verses are (in the video example below you can see the playover and five verses). With most sound editors you can select a verse visually and chop it out, or copy it and paste it back in to add verses.

In the video below, we take you through using Audacity to do this. (It's best to make the video full screen clicking the broken square icon in the bottom right, as there's a lot of detail.)
Ask us to edit the file
We can provide either a CD or memory stick with edited numbers of verses on tracks of your choice. Go to our Bespoke CD and MP3 page. Make sure you add the right number of tracks in the appropriate 'Tracks with changed number of verses' box- if you want some tracks with the usual number of verses select the number of those also (otherwise set the 'Normal tracks' box to zero. Make sure you email us with your track details when you have placed your order.
Do you sell words or sheet music?

We don't - and hymns usually only come in books - but there are plenty of ways of getting music and words…

Have you recorded all our hymn book?

There are hundreds of hymn books: we have one complete and many more partly covered, with a growing collection of indexes linking to our library…

Can you record my favourite hymn?

We can't guarantee to record your favourite, but we can add it to our wish list…

How did HymnCDs.com get started?

Back in 2005, organist John Keys and producer Wendy Williams were looking for way to make their CDs available…

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