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When I Am Baptized

I have recently received several requests for this Primary song. It was played at my grandson’s recent baptism. Another grandson will be baptized soon, so I couldn’t resist these requests.

It’s an easy song, too, with only one barre chord, a few pull-offs, and a slide. If you don’t like barre chords, you can substitute GaddD for GIII. The pull-offs can also be eliminated, too, if they give you trouble, and you can simply leave out the slide, making this a very easy, beginner level song.


In measure [3], if you fret the D note in the third fret, second string with your ring finger, you’ll be all set up for the GIII chord (or the GaddD chord, if you choose to substitute) in the next measure. The pull-off in [5] is tricky, if you try to hold the other two notes while doing the pull-off. I just release the whole chord, sort of nicking the third string as I do, to make the pull-off.

The second line is a virtual duplicate of measures [2] - [5], except for an extra D note in [7].
In the Chorus, the D chords are for reference only. You don’t actually fret a full chord; just fret the D note on the second string with your index finger. This makes it possible to play the D/F# which follows by fretting the fourth string with the ring finger. That sets up the left hand to barre the first four strings in the fourth fret with the ring finger, in preparation for the slide in [12]. You can certainly omit the slide if you wish, but it sounds really neat.

Measure [14] is identical to [10], and [15] is very similar. You don’t have to fret either the D or the C chord. Just fret the second string with the index finger in the first space, and with the ring finger in the third space, as needed. The pull-off in [16] is easy, or it can be played normally, as desired. Repeat for a second verse if you wish. Many of the chords shown are for reference only, and may not go well with a singer or piano accompaniment, if you try to strum them.