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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:

From the Southern Harmony Hymnal and recently popularized by the Tabernacle Choir, a classical guitar setting for "His Voice, as the Sound of the Dulcimer Sweet."

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Lyrics: His voice, as the Sound of the Dulcimer Sweet - Traditional <br/> <br/>1. <br/>His voice as the sound of the dulcimer sweet, <br/>Is heard through the shadows of death; <br/>The cedars of Lebanon bow at his feet, <br/>The air is perfumed with his breath. <br/>His lips as the fountain of righteousness flow, <br/>That waters the garden of grace; <br/>From which their salvation the Gentiles shall know, <br/>And bask in the smiles of his face. <br/>2. <br/>O! thou in whose presence my soul takes delight, <br/>On whom, in affliction, I call; <br/>My comfort by day, and my song in the night, <br/>My hope, my salvation, my all— <br/>Where dost thou at noontide resort with thy sheep, <br/>To feed on the pastures of love? <br/>Say why in the valley of death should I weep, <br/>Or alone in the wilderness rove? <br/>3. <br/>O! why should I wander an alien from thee, <br/>And cry in the desert for bread? <br/>Thy foes will rejoice when my sorrows they see, <br/>And smile at the tears I have shed. <br/>Ye daughters of Zion, declare, have you seen <br/>The Star that on Israel shone? <br/>Say if in your tents my beloved has been, <br/>And where, with his flock, he is gone? <br/>4. <br/>"What is thy Beloved, thou dignified fair? <br/>What excellent beauties has he? <br/>His charms and perfections be pleased to declare, <br/>That we may embrace him with thee." <br/>This is my Beloved, his form is divine; <br/>His vestments shed odor around; <br/>The locks on his head are as grapes on the vine, <br/>When autumn with plenty is crowned. <br/>5. <br/>The roses of Sharon, the lilies that grow <br/>In the vales, on the banks of the streams, <br/>On his cheeks in the beauty of excellence blow, <br/>And his eyes are as quivers of beams. <br/>His voice as the sound of the dulcimer, sweet, <br/>Is heard through the shadows of death; <br/>The cedars of Lebanon bow at his feet, <br/>The air is perfumed with his breath. <br/> <br/> <br/>Source: The Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion (New ed. thoroughly rev. and much enl.) #322 <br/>
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