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More about David Welker:
I am a hobby classical guitarist and my secondary calling is ward choir director. While I have no formal choir training outside of ward and stake choir, I did play the trombone in the BYU Marching Band, and know where the down beat is. I began playing the trombone at the age of 10 upon quitting guitar lessons because my mother said I had to play something. I started playing the guitar when I was 8 when I quit piano lessons after only one lesson after being teased by older siblings. Sadly I was not mature enough to fully appreciate classical guitar at the time, but I picked it back up after our first child was born when my wife told me my other guitars were too noisy. So I bought a Yamaha Classical guitar at the main store in Shibuya and tried to retrain myself. Recently a young man I taught on my mission sent me a hymn he had arranged for classical guitar. I played it for him and he challenged me to send him something back...so I am now slowly transcribing some of my favorite hymns...
Song background:

This might be better called "Theme and Variations on A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief."  One of my pet peaves is not singing all of the verses in a song - you know like not singing the verses of the sacrament song that actually pertain to the sacrament...the worst is, of course, on the rare occasioan we sing "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief" and it is cut down to verses X, Y, and Z.  Accordingly, my arrangements have all the verses, just in the event you want to sing along.  

This arrangement of "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief" has all seven verses.  I have attempted to mix things up so the song never feels long, as follows:

1.  The original tune as sung by John Taylor at the martydom of the Prophet Joseph

2.  The better known melody from the hymnal

3.  A 4/4 rendition

4.  melody played in A Minor

5.  melody played in D Dorian

6.  a much lighter and happier transposition into G

7.  back to the a slightly more decorated version of the original with a tag of the well known hymnal ending

If you know anything about music, you can tell I don't!  But I had fun arranging this, and my mother likes it.  

Feel free to play just the verses you like, just promise you will play seven verses.  And feel free to offer advice... 

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