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I am a hobby classical guitarist. While I have no really 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't really play. 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. I an currently working on "Be Thou My Vision", and continuing to not be happy with where I am on one verse of "O Savior Thou Who Wearest a Crown"...
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.

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 any who would like to experience what Japanese Saints for the last hundred years have.

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