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Three Featured tabs

This month we are featuring two songs:

Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy  (easy tabs)
If the Way Be Full of Trial, Weary Not  (advanced tabs)

Si la vía es penosa is the Spanish title of  "If the Way Be Full of Trial, Weary Not".  This Spanish version is COMPLETELY in Spanish, including chord names, instructions, and history.  I felt it important to translate it all, as the song appears only in the Spanish language version of the LDS Hymnal.  If you speak Spanish and English, be sure to share it with a Spanish-speaking friend.

Where did all the tabs go?!!

After years of procrastinating, I have finally arranged the tabs by level of difficulty: Beginner, Easy, Intermediate, or Advanced, and have put each group on it’s own page, where they are arranged alphabetically. Plus:

❏ Table of Contents on the Home Page. Easily find the song you want.
Pagina de español -- Spanish Language Page
❏ Featured Tab page. The most recent tab (or tabs) will be posted here.
❏ Tab Tips and Instructions page. Reading tablature, chord theory, and
How to Learn 60 Chords at Once (Diminished Seventh Chord Theory).

Next up: additional pages for children’s songs, holiday songs, love songs, patriotic songs, and songs in other languages (Besides English and Spanish). Those should happen some time in the next month or so. Plus, I’ll continue combining existing tabs and commentaries. This requires about an hour per song. I don’t expect to finish soon, but all the songs on the Absolute Beginners page are finished.

Weary Not

Sorry for the long hiatus. My wife developed cancer, necessitating five surgeries and an unexpected end to our mission in Chile. She's OK now, and I can once again get back to rebuilding this blog and arranging music for the guitar. I thought this song would be an appropriate one to start with. It's a great comfort, and has become one of my favorites.

Jingle Bells

Our Featured Tab for the month of December is Jingle Bells. I know it's not exactly a hymn, and in fact was not intended as a Christmas song at all when it was written, but over the years it has become associated with the Christmas holiday, to the point that it is now sung ONLY during the Christmas season. More to the point, it's a jolly bit of cheer during the Northern Hemisphere winter, a time when we could all use a bit of cheering up. Merry Christmas!

A Hymn from the Spanish Hymnal

There are lots of hymns in the Spanish version of the LDS hymnal that do not appear in the  English language version. Oíd el toque del clarín is one of the prettiest and most popular-- among Spanish speakers. I hope this is about to change, as this song was actually written in English, origianally. Frankly, the Spanish lyrics do not follow the English ones perfectly, which is a blessing, as the Spanish ones are better! Anyway, you can find this hymn on the "Featured" page at the top of the right-hand column. It's also going on the Spanish Page, as well as on the main list on my son's server, "just in case" Blogger decides to "make a few minor changes" again.  Enjoy!

WOW! That was FAST!

Great kudos to our Webmaster Joseph! In one day, he restored all the tabs and reorganized the blog into separate pages for Featured tabs, Easy tabs, Intermediate tabs, Advanced tabs, and Spanish!  He's ahead of me, as I don't have all the folders filled yet, but I'm working on it. Easy tabs is the most complete.  I'll keep you updated on my progress.


The tabs are still available HERE.  That is my mission journal site, and the tabs are in chronological order of posting, not alphabetical order.  We apologize for the inconvenience. Blogger deleted all our tabs while we weren't looking. We're trying to get them back, but have no idea how long this may take.  If you want to help, e-mail me at

You Can Make the Pathway Bright

Here in the southern hemisphere, where my wife and I are serving our mission, it's early spring. Flowers are blooming, birdsongs echo through the trees, and the sidewalks are filled with strolling lovers.  What could be more appropriate than this song?  I hope it will cheer up those of you heading into a northern hemisphere winter. The world definitely needs some cheering up at this time!

This is an easy song to play, and it's in the Public Domain.

We'll Sing All Hail to Jesus' Name-- easy version

Remember, the instructions are in a "Commentaries" section of the tablature, now. I plan to video a lesson on this one soon.

There Is Sunshine In My Soul Today

Today we begin something new. With over two hundred posts, I've decided to make some changes to the blog. The easiest one is that from now on, all the instructions, history, and commentaries about each new song will be part of the PDF, in a new section at the end of each piece, called "Commentaries". I'll still announce each new addition here, in the blog postings, but will keep my comments to a minimum. So, if you want to see instructions about this or any new song, just download the PDF. You'll find the instructions right after the chord charts.

That's the easy one. The other is so much harder that I've had to add a webmaster to my team. Together, over the next few months, we will create separate pages for each level of difficulty, as well as one for Spanish language songs.  You'll still see the full list on the Main page, so navigating to the song you want will be unchanged. But those who are interested in songs of a particular level of difficulty, such as "Beginners", "Intermediate", or "Advanced", or who speak Spanish, will each have a page of their own.

Actually, the pages are already partially created. They're just not yet available to the public. The songs will be in Google Drive, to make access easier, and for insurance when my son's server is down. Every song will also still be on my son's server, so you should be able to access them no matter what. But there's still only one of me to copy and move them, there are now over two hundred of them, and I'm still serving a full-time mission. Big changes are coming. Watch for future posts.