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Offline roig

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Two hymns in open-G (instrumental)
« on: June 07, 2015, 03:16:26 AM »
Hope everyone's having a good Sunday
Here's my arrangements of two to of my favorite old hymns ---- hope you enjoy

In the Sweet By and By



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Re: Two hymns in open-G (instrumental)
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2015, 03:31:24 AM »
Great playing Roig.

What exactly is a hymn, is it different than a gospel?

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Re: Two hymns in open-G (instrumental)
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2015, 04:01:14 AM »
Thanks Harry.

I've always tended to think that a hymn is different than a spiritual. I wouldn't attempt to dive into historical mish-mash but I would say that a "hymn", and I think it's suggested by the name, is a full, accomplished, organized song with verses and choruses. Written by professionals. "Spirituals" on the other hand tend to be more repetitive and spontaneous, developed by 'simple people', and they often have the call-and-response thing going on. It might also be possible to find differences in lyrical content but these would be subtle.

I was just listening to Blind Willie Johnson the other day, and he recorded both types. "Take You Burden to the Lord" is a hymn, and "Go with me to that Land" is a spiritual.
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Re: Two hymns in open-G (instrumental)
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2015, 07:32:37 AM »
Just to clarify a bit, spirituals were the creation of black slaves working in the oral tradition while hymns, in American culture, are western Europe in origin and written in formal structure and notation. Tom

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Re: Two hymns in open-G (instrumental)
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2015, 08:43:36 AM »
Really enjoyed those, Roi.

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Re: Two hymns in open-G (instrumental)
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2015, 09:46:45 AM »
Awesome Roi! I've been playing around with Elizabeth Cotton's version of "Sweet By and By" for years but now I want to steal yours! ;-)

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Re: Two hymns in open-G (instrumental)
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2015, 11:01:10 AM »
Thanks guys.

Hey Mike, check out E.C. Ball's version!

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Re: Two hymns in open-G (instrumental)
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2015, 05:06:51 PM »
Excellent arrangements, Roi, thanks for posting!
I liked how you used the whole range of the guitar on In the Sweet By and By.

Cheers

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Re: Two hymns in open-G (instrumental)
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2015, 05:50:46 PM »
Great stuff my good man!

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Re: Two hymns in open-G (instrumental)
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2015, 02:13:14 PM »
Beautiful playing, Roi!

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Re: Two hymns in open-G (instrumental)
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2015, 10:00:12 PM »
Very interesting ideas and beautifully played. Very nice sounds. :)
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Re: Two hymns in open-G (instrumental)
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2015, 03:54:04 AM »
Glad you guys like it, thanks very much.

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