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Praise to the Man

This is about as easy as it gets!  The only thing even faintly scary about this song is the F/C chord.  Read that, "F with a C bass," and you won't be scared.  It's just a normal F chord, but you add the C on the 5th string, third space, with your pinkie, to follow the melody.  Or, if you are already comfortable with barre chords, just play the full-barre F, but avoid the #6 string.  If you really are a beginner, just play a regular, four-string F, but it won't sound quite as good.

There are also pull-offs in measures # 3, 11,  and 27.  These are easy to do.  Fret the second string in the first space (C) with your index finger, and simultaneously in the third space (D) with your pinkie.  When you pluck the string with your right hand, only the D will sound, of course.  Leaving the index finger in place, pull the pinkie off the string, so it plucks the string again, sounding the C.  This produces a legato sound, (search "ligado" on this blog), and also allows you to play the two-note sequence much faster than you otherwise could.

The song was originally written in 2/4 time, but I have re-cast it in 4/8.  There is actually no difference, except that it's easier to count in eighth notes.  The metronome setting has therefore been increased to 132.  To be perfectly faithful to the piano music in the hymnal, it should have been somewhere between 152 - 192, but this just sounds too fast to me.  If you are accompanying a singer, 132 would probably be too slow, but if you are playing it as a guitar solo, the speed is not terribly important, anyway.

Both the tune and the lyrics are in the public domain.

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