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Hymn To Hope - adv. intermediate guitar duet

By Secret Garden

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Guitar, (2 guitars/large ensemble) - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
By Secret Garden. Arranged by Derek Hasted. Score, Set of Parts. 13 pages. Published by Derek Hasted (H0.817503-SC001383471).

Item Number: H0.817503-SC001383471

Derek Hasted writes "My arrangements of this fantastic and powerful piece were written during the 2020 Coronavirus Lockdown. The title says it all!

This gorgeous piece features on Secret Garden’s “White Stones” Album and their compilation “Dreamcatcher” collection.

My arrangements for two guitars are based on the original piece and contains all the sections of the original (but no orchestra or Irish Pipes!)

This advanced intermediate version swaps the tune and accompaniment roles around at the verse boundary and suits a well-matched duo.

The arpeggios are fingered because they generally only work well in one position, and so the one-tone rise in the original means the two guitars are tuned to 6=D and 6=E and swap roles at the key change - we need the open strings of the guitar to mimic the sustain of the piano.

The melody, by contrast, is unfingered; there is no single place on the neck where all the notes are accessible. It’s really a matter of personal choice where you change position and whether you prefer to stay high up the neck for vibrato or venture down to get a punchier, brighter tone in the loud sections.

I hope you enjoy playing this piece!

Please note I have made a separate (less complex) arrangement which avoids the key change in the original and which is ideal for a student/teacher or mixed ability duo as one part is much less demanding."

This is one of a large and growing range of accessible ensembles from experienced arranger Derek Hasted, and is supplied as full score and parts. Check out Derek's other arrangements - search SheetMusicPlus for Derek Hasted and you'll see the full list, all with soundclips and sample score. Derek's website at has all the arrangements grouped by "number of instruments".

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