Hymns, Spirituals and Sacred Songs - Lesson 2

Happy Traum

Fingerstyle Arrangements

70-minute video, includes music and tab on pdf file
  • Code:DLHAPSH22
  • Skill Level:Early Intermediate (3)

This guitar lesson features some great songs taken from the gospel/blues tradition. The arrangements utilize steady-bass fingerpicking, blues licks, bass runs, turnarounds and complete solos within a repertoire of "sanctified"songs.

Paul and Silas (All Night Long) is a spiritual in E with rich chord changes and a bluesy beat. 12 Gates to the City, played in A, is a study in variations improvised from the main theme. The well-known gospel song Just a Closer Walk with Thee, in the key of C, teaches how to play the melody both in the bass notes and up on the high frets. Finally, the elegant shape-note hymn Bright Morning Stars provides a complete fingerstyle arrangement in dropped D tuning.

Hymns, Spirituals and Sacred Songs is aimed at people of any persuasion who want to sing and accompany these inspiring songs. They can be played in family, church, camp and community gatherings, in group sings as well as solo performance. The superb guitar instruction will be widely applicable to any acoustic-based songs and will move you into more advanced styles.


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