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Seventy-Five Gospel Favorites for Guitar: That Anyone Can Play [Paperback]

By Newel Kimball (Author)
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Newel Kimball?'s SEVENTY-FIVE GOSPEL FAVORITES FOR GUITAR in Full-Picture Harmonic Melody is a collection of the most familiar, beautiful and spiritual gospel songs, written in an entirely new and unique method for guitar. It is innovative, natural, and obvious but best of all, it is simple, easy and beautiful. With this new method, virtually anyone with a love for guitar music can play these beautiful songs. Accordingly, this book and DVD: shows how to play guitar like the masters removes the barrier of staff and tablature notation shows right-hand fingering for the first time even children can now play beautiful guitar music returns the love for these and other hymns increases the desire for beautiful guitar music uplifts and encourages where hope is needed increases love of God and spiritualityThese things are made possible by bringing together a lot of ideas over many years. The ideas of themselves are not original. My inspiration came from Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, George Benson, Herb Ellis and others. However, bringing theses ideas together written in this manner for the first time ever is unique. THE IDEAS. . .HARMONIC MELODY is how music is played on an organ or piano and by orchestras and bands. In this style, each note of the melody is played within the context of a chord (three-to-six-part harmony). Even though harmonic melody is the essence of keyboard and orchestra music, it is not the common style generally played on the guitar and the reason is simple staff notation has becomethe common musical language because it is a natural and obvious method for keyboard notation like piano and organ. However it is entirely unnatural for fingerboard instruments like guitars, banjos and mandolins. The mis-match is why guitarists must spend years of study and practice to master the difficulty of translating the staff notation to the guitar fretboard and is the reason why the guitar is most commonly played as an accompaniment or single-note instrument. Tablature is the other popular guitar notation method and even though it is more natural and explicit for the guitar than the staff, tablature?'s is hopelessly slow to read due to the due to the ever-changing use of numbers for the frets. Worse, both staff and tablature do not show the right-hand fingering the most vital aspect of guitar music. GUITARPERFECT NOTATIONNow, full-picture notation written in GuitarPerfect symbols allows practically anyone to play beautiful harmonic melody arpeggio fingerstyle music almost instantly GuitarPerfect full-picture notation, is just that... a picture of the guitar fretboard, including all finger placements and actions. It shows exactly where to place the left-hand fingers on the fretboard, as well as the way the strings are played by the right-hand fingers. Each note of the melody has its own GuitarPerfect symbol, so this new symbol makes it possible to describe even the most complicated arpeggio finger-styles The only requirements are a simple understanding of the GuitarPerfect symbol method (found on the inside back cover) and a guitar. INSTRUCTIONAL DVDThe DVD included with the book shows both left and right-hand fingering for 26 of the Seventy-Five Gospel Favorites in the book in two side-by-side screens. The DVD can be stopped at any time for closer scrutiny, which allows a nice visual comparison to the written music. The visual and aural DVD facilitates the fastest possible learning and playing of a song?'s melody and accompaniment. The DVD also explains the use of the new GuitarPerfect symbol, along with some important music and guitar theory from Newel?'s guitar classes.LIGHT-ACTION GUITAR. Many guitar makers believe that guitars do not sound good unless they have heavy strings and high-action . However, typically, such guitars are especially hard for a beginner to play. Recently, pioneers like Les Paul, Leo Fender, Takamine and others have proven that guitars not only can sound good but can also sustain a reasonable volume level, so what is their secret?An easy light-action guitar means: The neck and frets are perfectly flat The tuning bridge has been lowered to zero Ultra-light strings (.009 steel, .029 nylon) The bridge saddle has been lowered to 1/16th inch above the buzz point of the strings.These conditions produce the easiest guitar possible at a reasonable cost. If more volume is needed, a microphone or pickup can be used. You will be able to play with ease and others will be able to hear you play a nice combination.SIMPLE CHORDS. The easiest keys for playing harmonic melody on the guitar are A, D and E. Each of the seventy five hymns have been written in one of these three keys (with the exception of one or two in the key of C) making it as easy as musically possible for anyone to play. In the instances where the guitar must accommodate a different pitch for a singer?'s voice, an inexpensive capo can easily change the key. These are the ideas that make the guitar and the music you can now play simple, easy and beautiful. The guitar will now become a delightful instrument for any and all who have ever wanted to play their own beautiful music. Try it and see NOTE: Also available is the companion volume Newel Kimball?'s Harmonic Melody Guitar Method an in-depth course for those who wish to further their guitar studies.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Oxbow Publications
Pages   75
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.88" Width: 8.52" Height: 0.26"
Weight:   0.53 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 13, 2016
ISBN  0967748321  
ISBN13  9780967748320  

Availability  79 units.
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More About Newel Kimball

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Newel Kimball grew up in Idaho and Utah. He joined the army after graduating from high school, serving two years in Korea. While in the Army, Newel was active in entertaining Army troops with his guitar. Upon his discharge from the military, he graduated from Utah State University with degrees in History, Russian and Machine Technology. For many years Newel was involved in manufacturing, business management, computer technology and musical innovation. For the past 25 years he has been at Brigham Young University-Idaho, having taught more than 4000 students in his unique Harmonic Melody guitar classes. He has written several song books in this innovative style, which are described in detail at These books are available at and music stores throughout the country. Newel and his wife, Gloria, have nine children and live in Teton Valley, Idaho, where they raise horses, write books, and enjoy the long evenings playing the guitar together.

Newel Kimball has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Newell Kimball's Guitarperfect

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The Best Guitar Hymn/Instruction Book--EVER!!!  Sep 26, 2006
I purchased this book several years ago. Newel Kimball invented a unique music notation system that basically consists of a harmony grid diagram, like a chord diagram, for each beat of the music. Consequently, anyone can play these hymns using a chord-melody style that sounds fabulous. Even beginners with basic finger dexterity can play beautifully.

Some of the Hymns are particular to the LDS faith, but most are common to all christian faiths. His arrangement of Amazing Grace, Mighty Fortress, Silent Night, Come Thou Fount, are worth the price of the book alone.

The book is so good, I contacted the author directly by phone to thank him. Turns out he teaches this method at a University in Idaho.

I now use his technique to arrange my own versions of gospel hymns (and other music).

So if you want to move past strumming chords that may or may not fit the actual song, I highly recommend this book.

Oh, I posted Amazing Grace on the web, played from this hymn book. If you search, you'll find it.

Best Regards,
Jack Loganbill

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