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Love One Another

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This song is very easy to play. It's short, simple, and beautiful, and has already become one of the defining hymns of the Latter-Day Saints. I have tried to retain these qualities in my tabbed guitar solo, even though it does not follow the piano music exactly. The piano music says to play it "reverently." For guitarists, I translate this as slowly and smoothly. It also sounds really nice when played crisply, using the fingernails, classical guitar style. You can get a similar effect using plastic finger picks, if you don't have the time or ability to grow and harden your fingernails. This arrangement also sounds very good as a duet with a flute or violin.

The song is very easy to play. All the notes are eighth notes, and all the chords are easy and basic, with the sole exception of the G* chord, which is a standard G chord, but with the second string fretted at the third fret, instead of the first string. (Don't play the first string at all in this chord.) This chord is actually easier to play than a standard G, and brings out the melody nicely, too.

1 comment:

Kathy said...

Don, I cannot thank you enough for doing this. These are beautiful!!! I absolutely love them. It has opened a whole new world of joy in the guitar. God Bless you!