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Nearer, My God, to Thee

The Legend:

It is said that a string quartet played this hymn on the deck of the sinking Titanic. The musicians did not survive, and there are conflicting reports about exactly which hymn they did play, but there is pretty universal agreement that they did play a hymn, and it might very well have been this one, as it has long been a favorite, and would certainly have been appropriate.

The Music:

It's really a simple tune, with only three chords. I use the barred G chord, because it makes the notes come out in the right register. I also like to include a lot of "fill" notes. If you just want the melody, play only the notes directly above a written syllable of the lyrics. All the rest are fill. It's easy, and it's in the Public Domain.

1 comment:

jsn.booth said...

Great site. Nice job on this hymn. Check out video of me playing it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPsWowACOh8 if you get a chance. I referenced your blog as the source for the music. Keep up the great work. Thanks for putting this all up here,
Jason Booth