Free LDS Guitar Hymn Arrangements, TABs and Lessons

Each month my kids pick a new hymn. I then arrange it, perform it, transcribe it and teach you how to play it. New arrangements are posted the first day of each month. And of course, everything on this site is free.

Next hymn will be posted February 1.

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A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief

This is a simple arrangement. I intentionally did it that way. Many times I wanted to go off the deep end and really build this thing up. But I kept coming back to this simple version of it. I think it’s because this hymn is closely related to people’s testimony of Joseph Smith. And my... More

Give Said the Little Stream

There’s something all can give. Ready for a different kind of arrangement? I hope so. Right when I saw that this hymn was a contender last month, I got really excited. I instantly knew what I wanted do with it. I’ve been wanting to use the loop pedal again for some time and this song had... More

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Tune my heart. Have you ever tried to tune an instrument? I’m awful at it. I don’t have a great ear. So I have to use a bunch of different methods when tuning my guitar. One of those is harmonics, where you place your finger at either 1/2 or 1/3 the interval of the string... More

The Spirit of God

I’ll be honest: This hymn intimidated me. It’s such a big hymn and one that people know so well. I wasn’t sure how I would put my own stamp on it. But the words “We’ll sing and we’ll shout” kept going through my mind over and over. It seemed ironic to me that the hymn... More
Army of Helaman

We’ll Bring the World His Truth (Army of Helaman)

Hasten the work. I’ve heard it. You’ve heard it. We’ve all heard it. My whole life, I’ve operated better with theme music. If you ever see me out somewhere and my headphoneless head is bobbing, don’t be alarmed. I’m just playing theme music in my mind to whatever I’m doing. I guess this is what... More
O My Father

O My Father

Sometimes you find things when you’re not looking for them, and realize they’ve been there all along. My wife asked me to arrange “O My Father” for her this month because it contains one of the few references to Heavenly Mother. Right on. I like things that are different. Since that was her reasoning for... More
My Heavenly Father Loves Me

My Heavenly Father Loves Me

So why does this one start out so dark? … And maybe a little bit depressing? Good question. There is no shortage of arrangements for this hymn. It’s one of the more popular primary hymns. Since the song focuses on nature, most arrangements that I’ve heard are of course very beautiful and happy and “life... More
Redeemer of Israel

Redeemer of Israel

What would it have been like to be a Mormon Pioneer leaving Nauvoo without knowing where you were going or even if you would survive? All you had was your family and your faith. That is the inspiration behind this arrangement. Apparently, there are only six hymns in our hymnbook today that were in the... More
Families Can Be Together Forever

Families Can Be Together Forever

It’s not the first of the month, but it doesn’t matter.  Today is a very special day for our family. Our daughter, Lila, was diagnosed with brain cancer when she was only 3 1/2 months old.  That was one of the most terrifying days of our lives.  But today is different.  Today is one of... More
When Joseph Went to Bethlehem

When Joseph Went to Bethlehem

This is a very unique Christmas song since it’s one of the few that focuses on Joseph.  So I wanted to find a way for this arrangement to musically focus on Joseph as well.  Specifically, this arrangement depicts the birth of Christ from Joseph’s perspective – from traveling to Bethlehem, to the birth of Christ,... More
Primary Children's Christmas Nativity

It’s a Mormon Guitar Christmas!

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, which means it’s now time for Christmas music!  Even though December’s hymn is already “When Joseph Went to Bethlehem,” I had a few more songs in my back pocket that I figured I’d share the MP3’s and TABs with everyone as a huge THANK YOU for all of your wonderful... More
I Hope They Call Me On a Mission

I Hope They Call Me on a Mission

I went through an interesting process while arranging this one.  I wanted it to be unique, but I mostly wanted it to have meaning to both me and my son, who picked this song.  I went through A LOT of different ways to approach it but nothing felt exactly right.  I had settled on doing... More
I Am A Child of God

I Am a Child of God

You may not know this, but I learned to play electric first. The acoustic came later.  This Fender Stratocaster is the guitar I learned to play on. While I love my acoustic, when I’m really wanting to pour out my soul, I pick up the Strat. I Am a Child of God has always been... More
If You Could Hie To Kolob

If You Could Hie to Kolob

So this month we had a great hymn, chosen by a great woman – my wife. This has always been one of my favorite hymns since singing it with a group of the best missionaries in the world in Santana, Amapá – Brasil. (I mean how could you not experience great music in a place... More
Be Still My Soul

Be Still My Soul

Lesson learned. Don’t wait until the end of the month to finalize an arrangement. Life will get in the way (in this case labor day weekend) and before you know it, it’s the first of the month and the video isn’t ready. Sorry peoples. I’ll get it done this week. Scout’s honor. In order to... More
Book of Mormon Stories

Book of Mormon Stories

I figured I wouldn’t have a lot of opportunities to over-indulge myself in an arrangement, so I had to make the most of this one.  For some reason, I had the idea of Scott Joplin sitting down at a piano and playing a ragtime version of this.  Now I’m not a ragtime guitarist, so I... More
When I am Baptized

When I Am Baptized

This month’s song was chosen by my oldest son, Jack.  Jack gets baptized this Saturday.  So his choice was “When I Am Baptized.” It was one of those proud papa moments for me. Anyhoo… about the arrangement.  So the lyrics talk about comparing rain to baptism and how the rain washes the earth clean, just... More
I Love To See The Temple

I Love to See the Temple

So what is this site? It’s basically an excuse to play the guitar more, but to also come up with some cool arrangements of LDS hymns and then show you how to play them. Guitar has always been therapeutic for me and my hope is that it can be for you to. Whether you’re looking... More

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Mormon Guitar Live at BYU-Idaho – Friday, Jan. 16

I graduated from BYU-Idaho ten years ago last month. I never thought this would be how I’d get to go back. It’s going to rock! Get your tickets today!

Vote for November’s Hymn

Alright, it’s that time again to vote for the hymn for November. I asked everyone on Facebook which song I should do next. These are the five that were suggested the most. Actually, there was a tie for fifth place. And I took the hard, difficult, nearly impossible task of being the tiebreaker upon myself... More

Vote for October’s Hymn

I’ve always let my family pick the hymns each month. But now all of you feel like family too. So for round two of Mormon Guitar, all of you will pick the hymns. At the beginning of each month I’ll ask you which hymn I should do next. We’ll then put the top five hymns... More

Jan’s Pick for September

Writing this post feels good. Real good. Why? It means it’s time to kick off round two of Mormon Guitar. Making the album these last few months has been a thousand times more taxing emotionally and spiritually than I was expecting. I mean, it’s just a solo acoustic guitar album. How hard could that be?... More

Album coming August 2014

Unless you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you might be wondering where I’ve been. Well, I’ve been recording an album. All the hymns I’ve done so far (minus the Christmas ones) on one CD. My goal was to create something that would be perfect for missionaries and members alike, but also be cool enough... More

My Pick for April

That’s right. I said my pick. It’s getting to be crunch time to record the album. I’ll have more info on that shortly. But only one more song was going to make it in time to be on it. So I figured it was time to call an audible and select the final one.