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The Lord Is My Shepherd

If you're a beginner, don't let the tab scare you.  There's a very easy, strummed version shown as a cheat sheet at the end of the tab.  Both are in the key of A, so you can play them as alternate verses, or as a duet, if you like.

To make this a bit easier, I've tried to use chords that lend themselves to easy changes.  For example, you can easily change from Av to Dv by just flattening the fingers of the left hand across the strings.  Same for D6v. To get from the (unbarred) A to the (barred) Av at the end of the song, use the first joint of the index finger (the one closest to the palm) to fret the first string, as it's already in position over the string, and just needs to be slid up to the IV space. Then, it's easy to hit the barre in the v space for the full-barre Av.

Counting this song is easy, if you remember that every two notes equal one count!  I routinely recast 3/4 time songs like this as 6/8, as it rarely makes a difference.  This is one of the rarelies, so I left it in 3/4. But remember the metronome setting of 70 is for two notes, not one, or the song will really drag.

I have to confess, I'm not entirely happy with this arrangement, but audiences seem to like it.  If anyone knows a better one, I'd love to see it. 

The cheat sheet at the end of the tab is for strumming, to accompany a singer.  The chords are much easier, and you can even play it with a pick, if you want.  I usually replace the high A note at the end with an Av chord, but if you aren't up to playing full barre chords, you can just tremolo the last note, and it'll sound great.  Virtually any guitarist can play this version. My seven year old student Meilin picked it up and started playing it (while singing!) the first time she heard it. 

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