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 to play these arrangements or just listen to them, I hope there’s something for you here.
Since nothing is more important to me than my family, I figured I’d let them choose the songs. This month’s was chosen by my daughter Lila. She just called it the Temple song. I hope this is what she was talking about.
I’ve transcribed this arrangement into guitar tabs for those that know how to read them. If you’re just starting off, I’ve also included the chords and the fingerings in the music as well. Even though this is meant to be an instrumental, I included the lyrics in the sheet music so you know where you are in the song. Also, if you’re just playing the chords, it probably makes more sense to sing along to it.
If you have any feedback or suggestions, please leave them in the comments below. This site will always be a work in progress, so any feedback would be most welcome.
Trista KruckenbergPosted at 09:34h, 13 June
Sounds amazing Ben! Great to hear you play! I’m going to have to get Mark to play these for me!
Becky RosenlofPosted at 17:17h, 13 June
I love quiet guitar arrangements. Thank you.
Jake RauPosted at 04:47h, 14 June
Nice work, Ben. Great idea for a site. Looking forward to more.
James ClarksonPosted at 19:20h, 14 June
This is amazing. Thanks for providing such an awesome resource.
Eli CPosted at 11:20h, 17 June
Legit! I can’t tell you the smile that i had when I heard this. Thanks for doing this. I’m going to go play it now! :D
Ben HowingtonPosted at 12:27h, 17 June
And I can’t tell you the smile I had reading your comment. Thanks and good luck!
Rachel MurphyPosted at 14:27h, 20 June
Please keep them coming! There is such a need for new beautiful arrangements. My husband and I are eagerly awaiting the next arrangement, thanks!!
Ben HowingtonPosted at 01:30h, 21 June
Thanks! I’m really happy that you liked this one. I’m posting a new arrangement on the first day of every month. So the next one will be up on July 1. I’m trying to go for quality over quantity. If I did any more than one a month at this point, I wouldn’t have time to do both the video lesson and the sheet music for each. Thanks again!
Trevor RumseyPosted at 12:17h, 11 August
Thanks Ben for putting this together. I have been looking for a while for a resource that shows the tab and the video. Awesome!
Scott WolffPosted at 13:07h, 11 August
BradPosted at 15:03h, 12 September
Ben – I’m just starting to learn the guitar and have been scouring the web for some good LDS arrangements. This is awesome. I love the tutorials. Thanks and keep up the great work!
Ben HowingtonPosted at 05:25h, 13 September
Thanks Brad! I’m so glad you’re finding this stuff useful. The advice I always give people just learning in general is focus on learning a few songs really well, instead of a lot of songs not so well. Don’t just learn chords, even right from the beginning. You’ll be a better guitar player for it. Good luck to you!
AndyPosted at 13:30h, 13 October
This site is RAD. I just bookmarked it and pinned it to the start screen on my Surface, and I hardly ever do that. It will be a while until I can play your stuff I think, since I’m just starting to play again after 15 years off, but I’ll make it a goal :-).
Ernie HayesPosted at 05:26h, 05 November
Again, my heart is literally touched this morning while listening to you play. I feel the Spirit. Reminds me of Marvin Goldstein’s talent to transmit deep feeling and his testimony through his piano arrangements! Thank you!
Ben HowingtonPosted at 18:45h, 13 November
Thank you. That really means a lot to me.
ShannonPosted at 10:15h, 28 January
Ben, First off I want to thank you for this website/Facebook page and your willingness to post your arrangements for free! I have been playing the guitar (classical) for a number of years and my five year old daughter has been taking Suzuki Guitar lessons now for almost a year. We were both really excited to find your site and to listen to some of our favorite songs.
I realize you play on an acoustical guitar so the technic/style of playing be a little different than that of classical guitar. I have notice that in a lot of your songs you often fret the low E string with your thumb wrapped around the neck onto the fretboard from the top. I have never seen this done as in classical the left hand thumb stays more or less on the back of the neck in the middle. I would like to teach some these songs to my daughter but don’t want her to use her thumb fretting, do you (or can you) suggest alternative fretting methods? Or do it more or less depend on the song?
Love your arrangements and we are hoping to learn to play them.
Ben HowingtonPosted at 16:41h, 28 January
Thanks Shannon! Yeah, definitely don’t use your thumb on a classical. The fretboards are also wider, so it would be difficult to do even if you wanted to.
Each song and chord is kind of different and you don’t always have to play all the same notes. If there are any particular chords that you are wondering about, just let me know and if be happy to give you some alternative fingering ideas. Thanks again!
JerdonPosted at 09:10h, 27 April
This is such a great song! I learned it on the guitar and was able to play it in seminary, great arrangements. absolutely love it.
Ben AndersonPosted at 18:09h, 18 April
Wow! I have been playing guitar for 3 years. After lots of practice I am excited to learn this song! You are amazing Ben!
Adam HughesPosted at 02:46h, 13 October
I love your music! I’m excited that you have provided helps to learn to play your arrangements. I definitely need to learn some of these!
Abbey WallacePosted at 13:47h, 03 January
Hey! I’m a beginner, but I would so appreciate it if you could walk through the chords and plucking patterns one by one, naming them as well as maybe outlining the specific finger patterns. Your music is sooooo pretty but it is super hard for me to play without even just the chords on the screen! Thank you 🙏
Hunter PasseyPosted at 18:54h, 03 April
Thanks mate, this song has done more good than you know. I found it from another missionary in this mission and we both have played it for members and friends alike. I’m certain you know that music has power, thank you for putting this down in tabs, and in such a pretty way. Thank you for sharing your gift!