16 Arrangements of Popular Hymn Tunes in Jazz/Gospel/World Music Styles. These arrangements range from lush and rather challenging close harmony to bluesy gospel with some syncopated rhythms to less formal and contemporary style.
Original versions can be found in the “Singing the Living Tradition” UU Hymnbook and “Singing the Journey” Hymnbook Supplement. Several have more than one harmonization.
From the album Earth Sky Love and Dreams, the song It’s Only Love! Digital Download only!
From the album Heart in Another Land, the song Afraid To Come To Love! Digital Download only!
A spiritual album that appeals to non-“religious” listeners. The singer-songwriter-guitarist’s songs get the full choral treatment with creative arrangements. A poignant philosophy of ecology, peace and healing emerge from thoughtful lyrics. Some of Jim’s most loved hymns, anthems and songs of a more meditative quality are recorded here with Matt Johnsen and the MSTG Choir. Jim calls this collection his “spiritual philosophy in song,” with six of his songs that are included in the UU Hymnbooks. They range from a capella to gospel and contemporary styles. Jim sings a solo part of most of the songs and accompanies on guitar with piano, bass and drums rhythm section on some. The “Master Singers to Go” (MSTG) is a 16 member ensemble of singers who are part of the larger Master Singers of Worcester MA.
All the choir arrangements on the CD are available, some both as SATB with solo and for SATB choir alone.
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Gather the Spirit
From the album Sailing with the Moon, the song Plant More Than You Harvest! Digital Download only!
From the album Instruments of Peace, the song The Book Of Many Mysteries! 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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This ¾ tune in a swinging gospel style has gotten wide acclaim and use as a congregational hymn in the Unitarian Universalist Church as well as some other denominations. This choral arrangement adds some counterpoint and different voice parts taking the lead. In a coda section there’s a 4/4 gospel, layered repeated riff that could draw in the congregation. It’s syncopated and may take a little time to figure out, but once you get the feel, it’s worth it – really rousing.
From the album Heart in Another Land, the song Home Is Where You Are! Digital Download only!