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 beg for your forgiveness, I submit to the court: “Be Still My Soul” with a little bit of “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” sprinkled in. Some people may have heard this already. I did it this past February for a couple of friends that were going through some really hard stuff – predating MormonGuitar.com. So if you knew me before, you might have heard this already. But if not, I hope you like it.
I’ve always loved “Be Still My Soul.” You can just feel the personal anguish in the lyrics and melody. We’ve all been there, trying to calm yourself down. Telling yourself everything will be alright, even though at the moment things just aren’t. So how could I not couple a hymn like that with “He lives to silence all my fears. He lives to wipe away my tears. He lives to calm my troubled heart.”?
Since originally posting this to Youtube, I’ve had a lot of people email and ask if I had transcribed it. So as an extra bonus to make up for the delay this month, I’ll transcribe it and do a lesson on it at the same time as I do it for “If You Could Hie to Kolob.”
So stay tuned. Arrangements will always be posted on the first of each month. Don’t get discouraged by this month’s delay. But every once in a while, stuff happens.
Rambo RuizPosted at 16:28h, 01 September
Ben you nailed it again :) Thanks for sharing this to the world may we all feel the peace that comes from the Savior’s words.
Ben HowingtonPosted at 03:17h, 07 September
Thanks, Rambo. Really appreciate it!
Shaun DriggsPosted at 21:09h, 01 September
I cannot listen to your arrangements without smiling. I am so impressed and grateful.
Ben HowingtonPosted at 03:18h, 07 September
Shaun, I’m so glad you’re tuning in for these!
RandallPosted at 07:04h, 06 September
I loved this when I first saw you do it. You carry the weight of the emotion of the lyrics into the guitar. Rare, and wonderful. Thanks Ben. To approxi-quote Elder Holland: “The trials of this life are deep, and we are not shallow people if we struggle with them.”
Ben HowingtonPosted at 03:19h, 07 September
Great quote! Holland is the man. Thanks Randall!
ZachPosted at 05:40h, 08 September
This is one of my favorite hymns! Keep on doing what you’re doing! Would it be possible to get the music for this? :)
PrestonPosted at 08:23h, 08 September
Yeah, a tab for this would be awesome!
Ben HowingtonPosted at 09:01h, 08 September
Thanks guys! TABs for this are coming this week. Thanks again!
Ben HowingtonPosted at 17:42h, 11 September
Finally finished the TAB for this. Still on the hook for the video lesson. That will probably happen when I sit down to record next month’s song – I Am a Child of God. Let me know if you have any questions about the sheet music. Thanks again!
PrestonPosted at 12:08h, 13 September
Thanks for the tab!
Ben HowingtonPosted at 06:01h, 15 September
Eli WilcoxPosted at 13:11h, 15 September
Thanks you so much. Guitar is only 1 of few ways where I can just be myself and now that I have the opportunity to listen and play LDS Songs, my life is much better.
Ben HowingtonPosted at 18:00h, 15 September
Eli CPosted at 14:31h, 16 September
This is by far, my favorite arrangement from you. C:
It’s so pretty! Thank you again for doing this
Ben HowingtonPosted at 02:47h, 04 November
Ken JohnsonPosted at 17:20h, 17 September
Thanks so much for this video and Tab. We have a 4 part guitar ensemble where we play hymns in Sacrament meetings once in a while, and I needed something that wasn’t so plonky, and your version is perfect.
Ben HowingtonPosted at 02:46h, 04 November
Sweet! I was going for unplonky, so I’m glad to hear that came across in the arrangement :) Seriously though, thanks for the feedback. Very cool that you have a little ensemble playing in sacrament meetings.
Kirk HaseldenPosted at 05:50h, 17 October
Thanks for sharing your talents. Learning this one now and really enjoy playing it. Enjoy listening to your music as well. Sincerely wish to thank you for your time and efforts here.
Ben HowingtonPosted at 02:44h, 04 November
My pleasure. Thank you!
JessicaPosted at 04:58h, 01 November
This is really, really beautiful!
Ben HowingtonPosted at 02:31h, 04 November
MaddyPosted at 15:39h, 10 November
So beautiful. Thank you so much.
Ben HowingtonPosted at 18:18h, 13 November
My absolute pleasure. Thank you.
MarioPosted at 15:14h, 22 November
You’re an amazing player! Thank you so much for sharing this talent with us! I hope to one day be able to play this, being that I’m still a beginner! These hymns are absolutely beautiful and your arrangement makes them a bit more special to me! Once again thank you for sharing!!
Ben HowingtonPosted at 16:28h, 22 November
Thank you, Mario! I really do appreciate it.
ChristinePosted at 06:32h, 07 December
Have only been playing classical guitar for a year, so still a beginner, but have been trying to find arrangements for hymns. This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your amazing gift.
Evan PetersonPosted at 20:25h, 07 December
How come you never made a video lesson for this one? I’m having some trouble with a couple parts :/
JenniPosted at 11:15h, 12 December
I came across your blog, and live your songs. I would like to download the mp3 of Be Still My Soul/I Know That My Redeemer Lives. Any chance of you putting it up?
AnonymousPosted at 08:43h, 14 December
I love your website and your songs my favourite was when you played I am a child of god it was mean but I need some help with a song called he sent his son.I am doing it for our church program and thank you .
Cristiano Rogerio CandidoPosted at 18:36h, 03 January
Wonderfull… its so sweet… and also so powerfull…
Rob LPosted at 06:20h, 11 May
Thanks for all the great music.
Jimmy CoryPosted at 20:15h, 16 May
An amazing arrangement!….I mastered it in two days thanks to your effort and talent. Thanks for sharing it with us Ben. It really soothes the soul. May the Lord bless you……
Agustin RodriguezPosted at 17:56h, 17 September
HI! I am a serious fan of your music. And i would just like to know what kind of guitar you use? it’s sound is so amazing!
angeleePosted at 11:36h, 23 November
I was looking for songs church that my boys can harmonize with and stumbled across your page. So excited that I went straight to iTunes and bought your album! Now maybe I can get my hubby to play some hymns on his guitar? Thanks!
GustavoPosted at 09:39h, 20 December
Thanks very much for inspire our days with your music! May be we will use some of your songs in our ward for a primary activity day here in Argentina!
PatrickPosted at 16:55h, 05 January
I love this medley of hymns. They work so well together and sound amazing. I’m learning to play it and have it put together quite well up to page six. The issue that I’m having is that I like the softer sound of the classical guitar and when you start using your thumb on the low D, the neck on the classical guitar is too wide for me to get my thumb around to use so my fingers get really wonky and difficult to hit consistently. Any suggestions?
Ben HowingtonPosted at 00:15h, 06 January
Try using your third finger to replace the thumb whenever the fourth fret is being played. Use your first finger when it’s the fifth fret. Still a stretch, but hopefully that helps!
PatrickPosted at 10:05h, 06 January
Yeah, that’s what I’ve been doing. I just need to work on the muscle memory to be able to switch to such contrived chords quickly. Thanks.