Hymnal update: guitar and keyboard charts coming!

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Hymnal update: guitar and keyboard charts coming!

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Here’s a quick update about the hymnal project:

The hymnal is still on track for April availability. Thanks to all of you who have pre-ordered! Based on the number of orders, we’re actually going to be doubling the number of copies we print. There have been one or two additions and subtractions to the song list, but it’s largely unchanged.

Second, there have been numerous requests for some kind of instrumental companion resources. I’m pleased to announce that there will be two formats available:

  • Keyboard chart. The vocal parts will be expanded to 8.5×11 and will include chord symbols above. This combination of vocal parts and chords should facilitate a keyboard player accompanying the voices, especially where the voices are written in fewer than four parts.
  • Guitar chart. There will be a separate companion for guitar: chords and lyrics only. The format will look like the existing chord charts on Grace Music (here’s an example). The guitar charts will not include lead lines or instrumental interludes, just the basic chords. That should allow your instrumentalists to add interludes as desired.

The keyboard and guitar companions will be available in single collections as PDF downloads, and we’ll sell them as cheaply as possible to cover the needed copyright permissions. I don’t have a date for those yet, but probably May or June.

Stay tuned!