Creator of the "Liturgical Guitarist's Hymnal", a free, on-line collection of over 80 intermediate-level hymn arrangements for solo guitar that are suitable for use as preludes/postludes in worship settings. Each title in this collection begins with the words "Liturgical Guitarist". In 2009, Jim composed his Guitar Mass for Peace. This Mass uses the new text for the Roman Missal and can be used in Catholic worship beginning in Advent, 2011. It features singable melodies and uses chord voicings to maximize the guitar's natural resonance in E major. It is most appropriate for use in churches where a single guitarist provides the musical accompaniment. Permission is granted for live use (no recording) only in public worship, and users can make copies as necessary for congregational use. CAVEAT: More than two guitarist will probably give an overpowering feeling to the accompaniment. You can find demos for this Mass setting on my You Tube channel: liturgicalguitarist. A guitarist since 1972, Jim earned a BA with emphasis in classical guitar/guitar teaching from The Evergreen State College in 1976. Jim ended formal study in classical guitar in 1981, but continues to serve as a liturgical guitarist, song writer, cantor, and teacher. He currently teaches a class in Solo Liturgical Guitar at the St. Cecilia's Institute (formerly the Cathedral's Schola Cantorum) in Omaha, NE. Offerings and exercises for this class, and other classes previously taught (Aims College), are available through the Sibeliusmusic homepage. Jim's CD, "Mass Preludes", containing 20 of his arrangements is available at his website. It can occasionaly be heard after the Daily Mass program on EWTN radio. Also available at his website is a notice of the most recent arrangements (under 'What's New' on the Welcome page), as well as difficulty ratings and a liturgical index. Jim's newest CD, "Arms Open Wide" is available through CDBaby.com (see links).
|Jim’s latest CD: Arms Open Wide|
|Peter Pupping’s latest CD, The Troubadour’s Table, containing 9 songs that either use or are adapted from my arrangement|
|Video lessons of several of my arrangements by Canadian guitarist Dave Ward (under Songs 101)|
|Jim’s YouTube channel||Jim is slowly adding video lessons on some of his arrangements. Search YouTube for "LGH Lessons"."|