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I am a hobby classical guitarist. While I have had no formal musical theory or arranging training, I did play the trombone in the BYU Marching Band, - akin to staying at the Holiday Inn Express. I began playing the trombone at the age of 10 upon quitting guitar lessons because my mother said I had to play something. I started playing the guitar when I was 8 when I quit piano lessons after only one lesson, because basically I'm a quitter. Sadly, I was not mature enough to fully appreciate classical guitar at the time, so I quit that too and started playing the trombone in the band. I later began dabbling with other guitars, the banjo and even the mandolin. I picked classical back up after our first child was born when my wife told me my other guitars were just too noisy. So I bought a Yamaha Classical guitar at the main Yamaha store in Shibuya, Japan and tried to retrain myself. Recently a young man I worked with on my mission sent me "How Great Thou Art" which he had arranged for classical guitar. I played it back for him and he challenged me to arrange something myself and send it back. That something became "The Lord is My Shepherd"...and I am now slowly arranging some of my other favorite hymns...these are all arranged at my ZPD. I always stay true to the number of verses in the actual hymn, and try to mix things up in different verses so I don't get bored. There are some easier verses and some that I can just play. Feel free to play the whole arrangement, or just the verses you like! Recordings are done on my phone in the living room...often with some funny background noise! These are provided simply to give an idea of what I had in mind...as you can tell I'm still practicing... I have a list of songs I'm going to get to, so in the event anyone had a request I may move it up my list if it is there. If you would like a TABLATURE version of a song, please email me.
Song background:

This might be better called "Theme and Variations on A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief."  One of my pet peaves is not singing all of the verses in a song - you know like not singing the verses of the sacrament hymn that actually pertain to the sacrament...the worst is, of course, on the rare occasioan we sing "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief" and it is cut down to verses X, Y, and Z.  Accordingly, my arrangements have all the verses, just in the event you want to sing along.  

This arrangement of "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief" has all seven verses.  I have attempted to mix things up so the song never feels long, as follows:

1.  The original tune as sung by John Taylor at the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph

2.  The better known melody from the hymnal arranged by Ebenezer Beesley

3.  A 4/4 rendition

4.  melody played in A Minor

5.  melody played in D Dorian

6.  a much lighter and happier transposition into G

7.  back to the a slightly more decorated version of the original with a tag of the well known hymnal ending

If you know anything about music, you can tell I don't!  But I had fun arranging this, and my mother likes it.  

Feel free to play just the verses you like, just promise you will play seven verses.  And feel free to offer advice... 

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