This was written as a closing song and it’s in the UU Hymnbook. It’s a hymn with a gospel beat, a 16 bar melody with an 8 bar intro/interlude. The central message is taken from a Native American saying: once we have shared in this circle together, the circle doesn’t break, it just opens. As the third verse gets to the word “opens” the music takes us to a coda. “…opens – to every fate of life, and every open heart.”
From the album Gather the Spirit, the song Come Into This Place of Peace! Digital Download only!
This book is designed to help you discover and recognize the patterns that make up many types of scales. Uncovering the secrets of scale construction can five you a better handle on spontaneous improvisation and creating melodies. By exploring scale patterns from several different angles, you will develop the ability to let the notes fall underneath your fingers, moving seamlessly from one position to the next.
We’ll start off with the major scale—how it’s constructed, how it visualize it on a single string and then the entire fretboard, and how to come up with usable patterns. The core of our exploration will be a concept called rows—a unique way of looking at scales across the neck that will help you in developing fingerings and in memorizing and transposing scales.
After the major scales, we’ll look at the other scale types—pentatonic, blues, natural minor, harmonic minor, melodic minor, whole tone, diminished, chromatic—and the modes.
Along the way, we’ll explore a number of practice techniques, including sequential fingerings, the circle of fifths, and improvisation using chord-scales and motifs. We’ll even go off the beaten path to touch on harp-style fingerings and alternate tunings.
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From the album Heart in Another Land, the song Afraid To Come To Love! Digital Download only!
From the album Instruments of Peace, the song 4/4 Guitar Marimba! Digital Download only!
This eco-anthem works well for group singing or a solo voice. The traditional hymn style melody was intended to have a more contemporary feel, not too somber, with steady folk/rock rhythm. The long phrases can be a challenge to maintain the meaning of the words as all in one sentence so don’t get too slow. Several arrangements – SAA, SATB or solo with SATB – are available from Jim Scott.
Jim’s celebrated album of songs about all of the above, including new songs and some new versions of well traveled favorites. Backed by an all-star cast of friends featuring Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, Nelson Rangell, Ed Tossing and Brian Rice, Jim’s songs of ecology and compassion speak with more impact than ever. Including free shipping.
Earth Sky Love and Dreams
A song about human connections, this has a gospel style chorus that can be repeated and built up to a big climax. The refrain: “Let all our hearts open wide, Feeling the spirit deep inside, And from within, shine your light, Bright as the day through the darkest night. Chord changes for optional rhythm section.