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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! 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:

This well known hymn most usually appears with 3, 4, or sometimes 5 verses.  True to my OCD for such things, the original 7 Latin Verses are documented translated below, and arranged in this version for classical guitar.  Play whichever verses you like the best.  As for me and my house, we will play all seven, and rejoice with Mary, even if it takes nine minutes! 

 

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

1 O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.

Refrain:
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to you, O Israel.

2 O come, O Wisdom from on high,
who ordered all things mightily;
to us the path of knowledge show
and teach us in its ways to go. Refrain

3 O come, O come, great Lord of might,
who to your tribes on Sinai's height
in ancient times did give the law
in cloud and majesty and awe. Refrain

4 O come, thou Rod of Jesse free,
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny.
From depths of hell Thy people save,
and give them victory o'er the grave. Refrain

5 O come, O Key of David, come
and open wide our heavenly home.
Make safe for us the heavenward road
and bar the way to death's abode. Refrain

6 O come, Thou Day spring,
Come and cheer Our spirits by thine advent here.
Disperse the gloomy clouds of the night
and death’s dark shadows put to flight. Refrain

7 O come, Desire of Nations, bind
All peoples in one heart and mind.
Bid envy, strife, and discord cease
Fill the Whole World with Heaven’ Peace. Refrain 

 

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