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All Creatures of Our God and King

Here's one for you guitarists who don't like a lot of "extra" notes. There a NO extra notes here. It may look difficult at first because of the many barre chords. Actually, this is what makes it easy. There are only three basic chords in the whole song: C, E, and A, plus barred versions of them, and a few with very slight variations, such as lifting up the little finger to convert a barred E into an E7. These three basic chords patterns convert into nine different chords when barred in different positions, allowing beautiful chord progressions and easy transitions.

A few specifics:
The tempo is 3/2, and the notes have different values. If you don't know the song, you'll have to follow along in the hymnal to get the timing right. Better yet, go to, find the music site, and change the key to C, then print.

5th measure: just slide the barring finger from the VIII position to VII, then to V for the F chord in the next measure. Repeat in the 6th and 7th measures, and again in the 13th and 14th measures and the 14th and 15th.

8th measure: flatten the middle finger of the left hand to fret the "10" notes on the third string. Repeat in the 10th measure.

16th measure: be sure to stop the strum after playing the second string, as the next note is the final note of the strum, and it must be perceived as a separate note, and not as part of the strum. It wouldn't hurt to slow down here.

Last measure: hold as long as you can; unless you are playing an electric guitar, it won't be long enough, because of the weird time signature. You're trying for SIX quarter-notes. Even my Cervantes won't sustain that long.

This song was written by St. Francis of Assisi about five hundred years ago, and is definitely in the public domain.

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