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The Morning Breaks

The featured song this month is Hymn #1, "The Morning Breaks".  Every Conference, I try to pick out the hymn or song that strikes me the hardest and arrange it for the blog, if I haven't already done so.  With a menu approaching 200 songs, it is getting harder and harder to find one I haven't already tabbed!  Somehow, I've managed to miss this one, until now.  It's listed on the Featured page, and also on the Intermediate page, though it is only its tempo that keeps it from being Easy.  Barre chords are few and easy, and there are no hard transitions.  Enjoy!

Reformatting is DONE!

Now maybe I can get back to living my life, maybe even arrange some new songs.  Meanwhile, enjoy the change!

Do What Is Right (The Daydawn is Breaking)

When I went to reformat this song with its commentary included, I couldn’t find the commentary! After an hour of fruitless searching, I concluded that I never did write one for this wonderful piece, which is one of my absolute favorites. So I decided to write one, and in doing so, discovered several major errors in the tab. They have now been corrected. If you tried playing this piece, and didn’t like my arrangement, you were right. Please give it another chance!  (Do what is right!)  You'll find it on the Featured page, and the Intermediate page as well.

Let Zion In Her Beauty Rise (easy page)

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir does a beautiful version of this lovely hymn. It has long been a favorite of mine. I can't imagine why it took me so long to get around to arranging it for solo guitar. Anyway, here it is, in a version that's almost too easy.

If you have tried to download a tab and had difficulty gaining access, please email me right away (see "Contact Information"). Hopefully, we've got all the bugs worked out.

I am continuing to reformat the existing tabs, including my comments and instructions at the end of every tab. This is not as simple as it may seem; not NEARLY as simple as I expected it to be.  Seems to take around an hour, on average. Currently, I've finished all the Featured tabs, All the Absolute Beginners tabs, all the Easy tabs, and all the Spanish tabs, and have begun work on the Intermediate and Advanced tabs.  Many thanks to Joseph Gray, our Webmaster, for all his help in setting up this new format. Also, many thanks to my son Soren, for selflessly hosting all the links for the old format for so many years.

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.