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More about David Welker:
I am a hobby classical guitarist. While I have had no formal musical theory or arranging training, I did play the trombone in the BYU Marching Band, - akin to staying at the Holiday Inn Express. 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, because basically I'm a quitter. Sadly, I was not mature enough to fully appreciate classical guitar at the time, so I quit that too and started playing the trombone in the band. I later began dabbling with other guitars, the banjo and even the mandolin. I picked classical back up after our first child was born when my wife told me my other guitars were just too noisy. So I bought a Yamaha Classical guitar at the main Yamaha store in Shibuya, Japan and tried to retrain myself. Recently a young man I worked with on my mission sent me "How Great Thou Art" which he had arranged for classical guitar. I played it back for him and he challenged me to arrange something myself and send it back. That something became "The Lord is My Shepherd"...and I am now slowly arranging some of my other favorite hymns...these are all arranged at my ZPD. I always stay true to the number of verses in the actual hymn, and try to mix things up in different verses so I don't get bored. There are some easier verses and some that I can just play. Feel free to play the whole arrangement, or just the verses you like! Recording are done on my phone in the living room...often with some funny background noise! These are provided simply to give an idea of what I had in mind...as you can tell I'm still practicing... I have a list of songs I'm going to get to, so in the event anyone had a request I may move it up my list if it is there.
Song background:

Behold the Lamb of God / 天の装いの子羊,見よ is a well loved hymn in Japan. It is included in both the official 1960 and 1989 Japanese Hymnals of the church.  In my 8 years in Japan it was sung at every baptism I attended.  I imagine it still is.  For some reason it has never found its way into the English Hymnal of the church despite its great message, although it is in the church's Spanish Hymnal, so we can hope it will make the next hymnal!

After much searching, I finally located the original English in the 1908 Songs of Zion Hymnal - a hymnal published for "Gatherings of Elders and Saints in the Mission Field."  I have arranged it here for classical guitar.  An SATB arrnagemnt is also available on my main page for any who would like to experience what Japanese Saints for the last hundred years have.

 

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