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The Day Dawn Is Breaking

There are no hard chords in this song. Although G7addF may look odd, it's rather easy to play. It's just like a normal G7, except you have to add the F note on the fourth string, with your little finger.  The only really difficult part is getting the whole song up to speed.  It sounds OK played slowly, so you can play it anywhere from half speed to as posted, if you are playing it as an instrumental solo. If you intend to sing it or accompany singers, the guitar part needs to be played at the metronome speed listed on the tab.

This is the same speed called for in the hymnal, and it IS fast. I recommend that you practice it at half speed until you can play it perfectly, before attempting to increase the speed. That's how I learned it.

If you have trouble with barre chords, you may be tempted to substitute the regular F and G chords for the barred FI and GIII.  If you do, the chords may not follow the melody, and, at the end of the verse, the alternate transition:  F - G - C will actually be slower than the FI - GIII - C as written.  An acceptable compromise, if you just cannot do barre chords at all, is to play the regular F, then slide it up two frets for an alternative G, thus:  F = xx3211,  G = xx5433. While this does not give as full a sound, or follow the melody perfectly, it is as fast as using the full barre chords, and does give an idea of the melody.

This song is in the public domain.

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