Author: Ken

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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