Altophile wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:43 pm
I second the comments of Eberhard about Rick Foster's arrangements: Many of them are quite challenging. Christopher Parkening described his arrangement of "Joy of Man's Desiring" as one of the most difficult pieces in all of guitar repertoire. For me, it's definitely a hand-buster!
With that said, I think that the following pieces from "Favorite Hymns for Acoustic Guitar" by Rick Foster seem quite approachable:
1. Just as I Am, arr. by Chet Atkins
2. There's a Quiet Understanding, arr. Rick Foster
The first tune is probably better known, but the second is very attractive, IMO.
You might also check out Craig Dobbins' "Hymns for Fingerstyle Guitar", which contains pieces that are probably more intermediate in character.
Eberhard Mueller wrote: ↑
Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:32 am
snip... Favorite Hymns for Classical Guitar by Joseph Castle, (Mel Bay,) might be slightly easier to learn. If these are no longer in print, they should appear on the used market from time to time.
I checked the great market place, a**zon and note that Joseph Castle's book has been reprinted. However, no luck finding reprints of the Parkening and Foster "hymnals." The arrangement of "Jesu" by Castle in Gmaj is rich, a full length, yet decidedly easier than Foster's version in Cmaj. (Although, Joe Castle's arrangement can still give you a good workout!
Here are the contents:
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
All Hail The Power Of Jesus Name
Angels We Have Heard On High
Blest Be The Tie That Binds
Christ The Lord Is Risen Today
Come Thou Almighty King
Crown Him With Many Crowns
For The Beauty Of The Earth
Hymn To Joy (Beethoven)
Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring
Lead On, O King Eternal
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Now Thank We All Our God
O God Our Help In Ages Past
O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
Praise To The Lord, The Almighty
Still, Still With Thee
Take Time To Be Holy
The Spacious Firmament On High
I'd say that those 20 pieces represent a good deal for only $10.