Liturgical Guitarist: Psalm 42 (As the Deer Longs)

Year of composition
Easy (Grades 1-3)
1 minute
World music
Solo instrument (Acoustic Guitar [notation])
Instrumental parts
Not available
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When I play this beautiful Psalm setting based on the English folk song "The Water Is Wide", I don't use the John Purifoy arrangement. Rather, I play a simpler accompaniement that leans heavily on the G - C/G folk guitar riff which appears as the introduction to this piece. This solo setting easily lends itself to improvisation, so I only give you one verse and challenge you to build your own variations. This will also work well for 2 guitars, with one playing the lead further up the neck to get richer tones.

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