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Spirituals: Guitar Solos and Songbook

Songs of Faith, Freedom, Hope & The Human Spirit

By Dave Marshall

Guitar (fingerpicking) - Beginning-Intermediate
Songs of Faith, Freedom, Hope & The Human Spirit. Composed by Dave Marshall. Perfect binding, Solos. Gospel-Black. Book/CD Set. 142 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.99420BCD).

Item Number: MB.99420BCD

ISBN 9780786663231. Gospel-Black. 8.5 x 11 inches.

The Spirituals: Their Story, Their Song is both a collection of guitar solos and a songbook devoted to African-American spirituals. The music is placed in historical context to help the reader better appreciate and interpret this amazing musical legacy. The book provides solo guitar arrangements in standard notation and tablature plus a vocal stave with complete lyrics and chord diagrams for 60 songs of faith, freedom, hope and the human spirit. A companion CD includes the author's rendition of all of the guitar solos in the book.

The book provides an in-depth analysis of the various meanings and messages of the spirituals, and traces the musical forms that grew out of them, namely blues, jazz, gospel, country, calypso, rhythm and blues, soul, and rock. This book is for all who play the guitar including: students, music teachers, parents, performing guitarists, vocalists and anyone with an interest in folk, gospel and sacred music.

  • All My Trials  Performed by Arranged By Dave Marshall
  • All Night Long 
  • Amazing Grace 
  • Amen 
  • Balm in Gilead 
  • Battle Hym of the Republic  
  • Bound to Go  
  • Bye And Bye 
  • Come Out the Wilderness  
  • Darling Nelly Gray 
  • Deep River 
  • Didn't It Rain 
  • Do, Lord, Remember Me 
  • Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit 
  • Ezekiel Saw The Wheel 
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd 
  • Go Down, Moses 
  • Go Tell It On the Mountain 
  • God's Going to Set the World On Fire  
  • Goin' Home 
  • I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray 
  • I've Been 'Buked 
  • Kumbaya 
  • Let Us Break Bread Together 
  • Little David, Play On Your Harp 
  • Little Wheel A-Turnin' in My Heart  
  • Live a Humble  
  • Look Down That Long, Lonesome Road  
  • Lord, I'm Troublin'  
  • Mary and Martha  
  • Mary Wore Three Beads  
  • Michael Row The Boat Ashore 
  • My God Is So High 
  • My Lord, What A Morning 
  • Nobody Knows The Trouble I See 
  • Now, Let Me Fly  
  • Oh, Freedom 
  • Oh, Sinner Man 
  • Old Abe Lincoln 
  • Peter, Go Ring Them Bells 
  • Plenty Good Room 
  • Poor Rosy 
  • Rise Up, Shepherd 
  • Rock-A My Soul 
  • Roll, Jordan, Roll 
  • Sit Down, Sister 
  • Somebody's Calling My Name  
  • Somebody's Knocking At Your Door 
  • Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child 
  • Steal Away 
  • Swing Low Sweet Chariot Theme  
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot 
  • That Lonesome Valley  
  • The Battle Cry of Freedom 
  • This Little Light of Mine 
  • Wayfarin' Stranger 
  • Were You There? 
  • When I Get Home 
  • When the Bridgegroom Comes  

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    Davis, CA
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  • August 02, 2008 Disappointing

    As a classical guitarist of 15 years and a choral singer of 12 who has sung many spirituals, I was initially very excited to see this compilation. It has many of the greats. Except the arranger of these pieces has obviously never heard a spiritual sung before. Most pieces are...

    in the wrong key and the harmonizations make many of the most beloved spirituals all but unrecognizable. All the pieces on the CD are in the same tempo and are very stale; no feeling at all in them. Spirituals should have feeling and give, yet these sound like a beginner sitting down with a metronome set at a steady Andante. An experienced guitarist who has some feeling and freedom of movement, an ear for spirituals, and the ability to transpose music may be able to (with a great deal of work) rework some of these songs for him or herself, otherwise, I would say, don't bother with this compilation. Better yet, find a good choral arrangement and work off of that.

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