Christopher Becknell
"Just Beyond the River:
Songs of Shelter and Mercy for Solo Guitar"

MR035

Now Available at the Electric Fetus

TRACKLIST:
1) What Wondrous Love Is This? (Shape Note Hymn: ca. 1811)
Guitar - Martin 000-28VS
Tuning - F,Ab,C,F,Ab,F

2) Poor Wayfaring Stranger (Traditional)
Guitar - Martin 000-28VS
Tuning - F,Ab,C,F,Ab,F

4) I'd Rather Have Jesus (Miller/Shea)
Guitar - Martin D-35
Tuning - D,G,D,G,B,D- Capo 6

4) Be Thou My Vision (Traditional) / Hyfrydol (Prichard)
Guitar - Martin D-35
Tuning - C#,G#,C#,G#,A#,F

5) In The Sweet By And By (Bennett/Webster)
Guitar - Martin 000-28VS
Tuning - F,A,C,F,A,F

6) Near the Cross (Crosby)
Guitar - Martin 000-28VS
Tuning - F,A,C,F,A,F

7) Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Habershon/Gabriel)
Guitar - Martin D-35
Tuning - D,A,D,G,A,D

8) Wade In The Water (Traditional)
Guitar - Martin D-35
Tuning - C#,G#,C#,G#,A#,F

Recorded and Mixed at Northland Records October & November 2014
Produced by David Crittenden

“In piecing these arrangements together, I picked some of my favorite hymns that have always brought me a sense of calm and peace.  

While doing each arrangement I would find myself reading the lyric text and always finding certain passages that moved me the most.  The process of meditating on meaningful lyrics helped me create the moods I really wanted to bring forth in each tune.   

All of these pieces make use of Scordatura, which is the practice of altering the pitches of the strings on the guitar to something other than standard EADGBE.  I felt it allowed me to arrange each one in its own unique way and allow the guitar to come alive differently for each piece.  

Along with the credit to the authors I have listed the tuning used for each piece.

I dedicate this album to my beloved G.A.E and E.J.B.
I would also like to thank David Crittenden for his invaluable assistance in producing this album along with Northland Records.”

~ Christopher Becknell

Christopher Becknell

 

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