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Comments for this piece:
From Lazar Jeremias: Hi Mr. David, I hope you are fine I am very happy meeting a person who really love play spiritual theme, I think I shall learn with your arrangement .. Actually I was searching and trying to play this theme, It Is my one favourite. God bless you. Thanks.
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More about David Welker:
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.
Song background:

My good friend and example, Toyokazu Yamanishi, sent me his arrangment of "How Great Thou Art", and challenged me to arrange something and play it for him.  That challenge began my serious pursuit of arranging hymns, resulting in my first real arrangement: "The Lord is My Shepherd".

His arrangement lives on in verses 1 and 4 here, and true to my principles we added enough verses to complete the "whole" hymn.  This hymn has significance to me as first lfelt its power singing in a men's choir in our first real married ward - the Kitchijoji Ward - while living in Tokyo, Japan.  I still feel the power of the hymn and the power of those great brethren!

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