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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, - akin to staying at the Holiday Inn Express - 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, having been 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 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...
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My good friend and example, Toyokazu Yamanishi, sent me his arrangment of "How Great Thou Art", and challenged me to arrange something and play it for him.  That challenge began my serious pursuit of arranging hymns, resulting in my first real arrangement: "The Lord is My Shepherd".

His arrangement lives on in verses 1 and 4 here, and true to my principles we added enough verses to complete the "whole" hymn.  This hymn has significance to me as first lfelt its power singing in a men's choir in our first real married ward - the Kitchijoji Ward - while living in Tokyo, Japan.  I still feel the power of the hymn and the power of those great brethren!

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