Author: Ken

Open the Eyes of My Heart

Paul Baloche’s simple, but powerful prayer to recognise the glory of a holy God! Audio track: Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord Arrangement This arrangement (in A) uses 2 chord sequences – 2 bars per chord in each: 1. Verse: 2x A9=>Amaj7/9=>D9/A=>A9 A9: x07600 Amaj7/9: x06600 D9/A: x04230 2. Bridge: 2x E=>F#m7sus4=>D9/A=>E, finishing on A 2nd time. 3. Rythm is basic Rock – guitar follows drums closely. 4. Bass pattern is 1 1 5 3 5 and follows the chord changes. Music Recording & Production: Rythm guitar part is played on Taylor 914ce acoustic. Melody and 2nd guitar parts are played on 914ce amped through Trace Elliot TA100. Bass is Warwick Infinity 2000LTD played through Peavey amp. All guitar parts are recorded close miked using Shure SM58, Yamaha MW10c into a Macbook Pro running Apple Logic Studio. Drum part is provided by Apple Loops. Notes: 1. The muted sound in much of the melody part is produced by damping the strings at the bridge with the heel of the right hand. 2. This arrangement is played in A because of the particular chords type and sequnce I’ve used. It suits me, but most folks would probably like to sing in a key such as D or E. 3. A more ususal (but less interesting!) chord sequence would be (still in key of A): Verse: 2x A=>E7=>D=>A Bridge: 2x...

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Heart of Worship

An arrangement of Matt Redman’s popular worship song…When the Music Fades Audio track: When the Music Fades (Heart of Worship) This is a slow, reflective song, and the arrangement takes account of this. The foundation of the accompaniment is a stead 4 beat downstroke strumming pattern, with variations leading into a new section of the song. This is underpinned by a simple bass part (in some sections) and solid but relaxed rock drum track, with fills to add movement. Chords are standard 1st position, in key of D: Verses: D=>A=>Em7=>A x2 Bridge: Em=>D/F#=>A x2 Chorus: D=>A=>Em7=>G=>A x2 Later in the arrangement, you’ll hear the chord changes linked by a series of hammer-ons. This is particularly clear in the flat-picked ending...

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Blessed Be Your Name

This is one of my favourite songs of recent years… Audio track: Blessed be Your Name This arrangement (a little higher than normal in the key of B) aims to provide a good way to practice bar chords, along with a steady and continuous right hand rythm. Unusually, the rythm has emphasis on 3rd beat. You’ll also hear an arpeggio lick at the end of the intro, and repeated later as a lead-in to a new section. The lick is based around the E chord played in 1st position. Rythm backing is provided by Apple Loops. I play rythm and melody guitar parts live on my Taylor 914ce, and the bass line using my Warick Infinity 5-string LTD 2000 (Appologies for the untidy music production quality – I’m having trouble with latency in Garageband, and haven’t had time to iron everything...

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Be Thou My Vision

This prayer is traditionally written in 3/4 time. However, here I play a 4/4 arrangement in the key of E major, with a simple rock rhythm backing. Audio track: Be Thou My Vision Right Hand: Focus on getting a steady strum, with a good “bite” on the bass strings. Build energy as the song progresses. Left Hand: 1st 2 lines, use full bar chords – E, B, A 3rd line use A2 (5th fret), E, C#m7 (4th fret), A –> B 4th line – E, C#m7, F#m6, A/B, E Gear: Guitar: Taylor 914ce is used for rhuthm & melody tracks. Acoustic Amp: Trace Elliot TA100R Recording: Shure SM58 close-micing from TA100R to Garageband on a MacBook Pro. (I prefer to use Logic Studio, but don’t have enough space on my MacBook at present! Making do with GarageBand, so recording is a bit “thrown together”.) This arrangement: Copyright 2009 Ken Johnstone Be Thou My Vision...

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