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Using this Resource

The SYI Guitar Hymnal and SYI Hymnal for Wind Instruments are designed for a wide range of guitar and wind players and musical environments. The hymns are organized alphebetically and PH1, for example, indicates that his chart works with Presbyterian Hymnal, page 1; G2G 197 works with Glory to God, page 197. Each of the zipped files contain all the available charts for that hymn.

 

SYI Guitar Hymnal

This first iteration of the SYI Guitar Hymnal coordinates with the 1990 Presbyterian Hymnal. If the resource proves valuable, more hymnals will be added in the future (so let us know: SYIMusic@pts.edu). 

The guitar hymnal presents as many as five versions of each hymn, and facilitates guitar accompaniment of congregational hymns in neo-traditional worship in addition to blended or contemporary settings. Each hymn is presented in a range of difficulty levels. There are at least two, and as many as five, versions or “charts” of each hymn. Advanced guitarists will be able to accompany the four-part vocal harmonies printed in the hymnal. The system also works well for those who would rather strum a folk, rock, or pop style and for whom the four-part harmonies are less of a priority.

All of the charts are designed by a professional guitarist and church music director who has taught more than 10,000 guitar lessons and understands the needs and abilities of a wide range of players.

The charts fall into several categories: no capo (the default) or capo; full harmony (the default) or easy, easiest, and campfire versions. These designations are explained as follows:

Full Version - use for chord melody or pianistic accompaniment. Works well with four-part harmony with or without other doubling instruments.

Easy Version - use for simplified chord melodies or flowing, strummed accompaniment. Works with four-part harmony if played in conjunction with other doubling instruments. The player must deemphasize the omitted passing chords. (Compare easy version with full version to find these; they are usually on beats 2 and 4.)

Easiest Version - use for accompanying the melody or melody with improvised vocal harmonies. Can work with instruments doubling the four-part harmony if the guitarist strums each printed chord once.

Campfire Version - use for accompanying the melody or melody with improvised vocal harmonies. Will not work with instruments doubling the four-part harmony.

 

SYI Hymnal for Wind Instruments

The SYI Hymnal for Wind Instruments coordinates with the 1990 Presbyterian Hymnal and the 2013 Presbyterian Glory to Glod Hymnal. It resource contains three charts for each song, and each chart shows the SATB vocal lines from the hymnals transposed for a collection of instruments. The first chart is alto sax (x2), tenor sax, baritone sax. The second chart is for Bb instruments such as trumpet, clarinet, baritone, euphonium, and bass clarinet. The third chart contains charts for French horn. Players of most other instruments (flute, trombone, tuba and also violin, viola, cello, and bass) can read the concert key notation right out of the hymnal.

 

Hymns for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter (Wind Instruments)

Palm Sunday

PH 89/G2G 197, Hosanna, Loud Hosanna

PH89/G2G197, Hosanna, Loud Hosanna - Alto, Tenor, Baritone Sax
PH89/G2G197, Hosanna, Loud Hosanna - Bb Instruments
PH89/G2G197, Hosanna, Loud Hosanna - F Horn
PH89/G2G197, Hosanna, Loud Hosanna Zip File

Holy Week

PH 92/G2G 216, Beneath the Cross of Jesus

PH92/G2G216, Beneath the Cross of Jesus - Alto, Tenor, Baritone Sax
PH92/G2G216, Beneath the Cross of Jesus - Bb Instruments
PH92/G2G216, Beneath the Cross of Jesus - F Horn
PH92/G2G216 Beneath the Cross of Jesus Zip File

PH 98/G2G 221 O, Sacred Head Now Wounded

PH98/G2G221, O Sacred Head, Now Wounded - Alto, Tenor, Baritone Sax
PH98/G2G221, O Sacred Head, Now Wounded - Bb Instruments
PH98/G2G221, O Sacred Head, Now Wounded - F Horn
PH98/G2G221, O Sacred Head, Now Wounded Zip File

Easter

PH 104/G2G 248, Christ Is Risen! Shout Hosanna!

PH104/G2G248, Christ Is Risen! Shout Hosanna! - Alto, Tenor, Baritone Sax
PH104/G2G248, Christ Is Risen! Shout Hosanna! - Bb Instruments
PH104/G2G248, Christ Is Risen! Shout Hosanna! - F Horn
PH104/G2G248, Christ Is Risen! Shout Hosanna! Zip File

PH 112, Christ the Lord is Risen Again 

PH112, Christ the Lord Is Risen Again - Alto, Tenor, Baritone Sax
PH112, Christ the Lord Is Risen Again - Bb Instruments
PH112, Christ the Lord Is Risen Again - F Horn
PH112, Christ the Lord Is Risen Again Zip File

PH 113/G2G 245, Christ the Lord is Risen Today!

PH113/G2G245, Christ the Lord Is Risen Today! - Alto, Tenor, Baritone Sax
PH113/G2G245, Christ the Lord Is Risen Today! - Bb Instruments
PH113/G2G245, Christ the Lord Is Risen Today! - F Horn
PH113/G2G245, Christ the Lord Is Risen Today! Zip File

PH 118/G2G 233, The Day of Resurrection!

PH118/G2G233, The Day of Resurrection! - Alto, Tenor, Baritone Sax
PH118/G2G233, The Day of Resurrection! - Bb Instruments
PH118/G2G233, The Day of Resurrection! - F Horn
PH118/G2G233, The Day of Resurrection! Zip File

PH 123/G2G 232, Jesus Christ is Risen Today

PH123/G2G232, Jesus Christ Is Risen Today - Alto, Tenor, Baritone Sax
PH123/G2G232, Jesus Christ Is Risen Today - Bb Instruments
PH123/G2G232, Jesus Christ Is Risen Today - F Horn
PH123/G2G232, The Day of Resurrection! Zip File

 

Hymns for Church Holidays After Easter (Wind Instruments)

Ascension

PH 142/G2G 263, All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!

PH142/G2G263, All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name! - Alto, Tenor, Baritone Sax
PH142/G2G263, All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name! - Bb Instruments
PH142/G2G263, All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name! - F Horn
PH142/G2G263, All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name! Zip File

PH 151/G2G 268, Crown Him with Many Crowns

PH151/G2G 268, Crown Him with Many Crowns - Alto, Tenor, Baritone Sax
PH151/G2G 268, Crown Him with Many Crowns - Bb Instruments
PH151/G2G 268, Crown Him with Many Crowns - F Horn
PH151/G2G 268, Crown Him with Many Crowns Zip File

Pentecost

PH 126/G2G 279, Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove

PH126/G2G279, Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove - Alto, Tenor, Baritone Sax
PH126/G2G279, Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove - Bb Instruments
PH126/G2G279, Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove - F Horn
PH126/G2G279, Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove Zip File

Trinity

PH138/G2G 1, Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!

PH138/G2G1, Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! - Alto, Tenor, Baritone Sax
PH138/G2G1, Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! - Bb Instruments
PH138/G2G1, Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! - F Horn
PH138/G2G1, Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! Zip File

 

Hymns for Advent and Christmas (Guitar)

All My Heart Today Rejoices

PH21, All My Heart Today Rejoices (1)
PH21, All My Heart Today Rejoices (2) capo 5
PH21, All My Heart Today Rejoices (3) capo 5 easy version
PH21, All My Heart Today Rejoices Zip File

Angels, from the Realms of Glory

PH22, Angels, from the Realms of Glory (1)
PH22, Angels, from the Realms of Glory (2) capo 3
PH22, Angels, from the Realms of Glory (3) capo 3 easy version
PH22, Angels, from the Realms of Glory Zip File

Away in a Manger

PH24, Away in a Manger (1)
PH24, Away in a Manger (2) capo 5
PH24, Away in a Manger (3) capo 5 easy version
PH24, Away in a Manger Zip File

PH25, Away in a Manger (1)
PH25, Away in a Manger (2) capo 5
PH25, Away in a Manger (3) capo 5 campfire version
PH25, Away in a Manger Zip File

Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light

PH26, Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light (1)
PH26, Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light (2) capo 3
PH26, Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light (3) capo 3 easy version
PH26, Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light Zip File

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

PH1, Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (1)
PH1, Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (2) campfire version
PH1, Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (3) capo 5
PH1, Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (4) capo 5 easy version
PH1, Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (5) capo 5 campfire version
PH1, Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus Zipped File

PH2, Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (1)
PH2, Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (2) easy version
PH2, Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (3) capo 5
PH2, Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (4) capo 5 easy version
PH2, Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus Zipped File

Comfort, Comfort You My People

PH3, Comfort, Comfort You My People (1)
PH3, Comfort, Comfort You My People (2) easy version
PH3, Comfort, Comfort You My People (3) capo 5 easy version
PH3, Comfort, Comfort You My People Zipped File

(The) First Nowell/Noel

PH56, The First Nowell (1)
PH56, The First Nowell (2) easy version
PH56, The First Nowell (3) capo 2
PH56, The First Nowell (4) capo 2 easy version
PH56, The First Nowell Zip File

Gentle Mary Laid Her Child

PH27, Gentle Mary Laid Her Child (1)
PH27, Gentle Mary Laid Her Child (2) easy version
PH27, Gentle Mary Laid Her Child Zip File

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

PH31, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (1)
PH31, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (2) capo 5
PH31, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (3) capo 5 easy version
PH31, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Zip File

In the Bleak Midwinter

PH36, In the Bleak Midwinter (1)
PH36, In the Bleak Midwinter (2) capo 5
PH36, In the Bleak Midwinter (3) capo 5 easy version
PH36, In the Bleak Midwinter Zip File

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

PH38, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (1)
PH38, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (2) capo 3
PH38, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (3) capo 3 easy version
PH38, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear XZip File

Jesus Comes with Clouds Descending

PH6, Jesus Comes with Clouds Descending (1)
PH6, Jesus Comes with Clouds Descending (2) easy version
PH6, Jesus Comes with Clouds Descending (3) easiest version
PH6, Jesus Comes with Clouds Descending Zipped File

Joy To The World

PH40, Joy To The World (1)
PH40, Joy To The World (2) easy version
PH40, Joy To The World Zip File

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

PH5, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (1)
PH5, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (2) easy version
PH5, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (3) capo 5 easy version
PH5, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence Zipped File

Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

PH8, Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates (1)
PH8, Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates (2) easy version
PH8, Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates Zipped File

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

PH48, Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (1)
PH48, Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (2) capo 5
PH48, Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (3) capo 5 easy version
PH48, Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming Zip File

Lord Christ, When First You Came to Earth

PH7, Lord Christ, When First You Came to Earth (1)
PH7, Lord Christ, When First You Came to Earth (2) capo 1
PH7, Lord Christ, When First You Came to Earth (3) capo 1 easy version
PH7, Lord Christ, When First You Came to Earth Zipped File

O Come, All Ye Faithful

PH41, O Come, All Ye Faithful (1)
PH41, O Come, All Ye Faithful (2) easy version
PH41, O Come, All Ye Faithful Zip File

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

PH9, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (1)
PH9, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (2) easy version
PH9, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (3) easiest version
PH9, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Zipped File

O Little Town of Bethlehem

PH43, O Little Town of Bethlehem FOREST GREEN (1)
PH43, O Little Town of Bethlehem FOREST GREEN (2) capo 5
PH43, O Little Town of Bethlehem FOREST GREEN (3) capo 5 easy version
PH43, O Little Town of Bethlehem FOREST GREEN Zip File

PH44, O Little Town of Bethlehem ST. LOUIS (1)
PH44, O Little Town of Bethlehem ST. LOUIS (2) capo 5
PH44, O Little Town of Bethlehem ST. LOUIS (3) capo 5 easy version
PH44, O Little Town of Bethlehem ST. LOUIS Zip File

O Lord, How Shall I Meet You

PH11, O Lord, How Shall I Meet You (1)
PH11, O Lord, How Shall I Meet You (2) capo 3
PH11, O Lord, How Shall I Meet You (3) capo 3 easy version
PH11, O Lord, How Shall I Meet You Zipped File

On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry

PH10, On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry (1)
PH10, On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry (2) capo 3
PH10, On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry (3) capo 3 easy version
PH10, On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry Zipped File

Once in Royal David's City

PH49, Once in Royal David's City (1)
PH49, Once in Royal David's City (2) capo 3
PH49, Once in Royal David's City (3) capo 3 easy version
PH49, Once in Royal David's City Zip File

Prepare the Way

PH13, Prepare the Way (1)
PH13, Prepare the Way (2) easy version
PH13, Prepare the Way (3) easiest version
PH13, Prepare the Way Zipped File

Rejoice! Rejoice, Believers

PH15, Rejoice! Rejoice, Believers (1)
PH15, Rejoice! Rejoice, Believers (2) capo 3
PH15, Rejoice! Rejoice, Believers (3) capo 3 easy version
PH15, Rejoice! Rejoice, Believers (4) capo 3 easiest version
PH15, Rejoice! Rejoice, Believers Zipped File

Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow

PH50, Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow (1)
PH50, Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow (2) easy version
PH50, Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow Zipped File

Savior of the Nations, Come

PH14, Savior of the Nations, Come (1)
PH14, Savior of the Nations, Come (2) capo 3
PH14, Savior of the Nations, Come (3) capo 3 easy version
PH14, Savior of the Nations, Come Zipped File

See Amid the Winter's Snow

PH51, See Amid the Winter's Snow (1)
PH51, See Amid the Winter's Snow (2) easy version
PH51, See Amid the Winter's Snow (3) easiest version
PH51, See Amid the Winter's Snow Zipped File

Silent Night, Holy Night

PH60, Silent Night, Holy Night (1)
PH60, Silent Night, Holy Night (2) capo 3
PH60, Silent Night, Holy Night Zipped File

Sleepers, Wake! A Voice Astounds Us

PH17, Sleepers, Wake! A Voice Astounds Us (1)
PH17, Sleepers, Wake! A Voice Astounds Us (2) easy version
PH17, Sleepers, Wake! A Voice Astounds Us Zipped File

Watchman, Tell Us of the Night

PH20, Watchman, Tell Us of the Night (1)
PH20, Watchman, Tell Us of the Night (2) easy version
PH20, Watchman, Tell Us of the Night (3) campfire version
PH20, Watchman, Tell Us of the Night (4) capo 5
PH20, Watchman, Tell Us of the Night (5) capo 5 easy version
PH20, Watchman, Tell Us of the Night Zipped File

What Child Is This

PH53, What Child Is This (1)
PH53, What Child Is This (2) easy version
PH53, What Child Is This Zipped File

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

PH58, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks WINCHESTER OLD (1)
PH58, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks WINCHESTER OLD (2) capo 5
PH58, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks WINCHESTER OLD (3) capo 5 easy version
PH58, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks WINCHESTER OLD Zipped File

PH59, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks CHRISTMAS (1)
PH59, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks CHRISTMAS (2) easy version
PH59, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks CHRISTMAS Zipped File

Video Tutorials

This video introduces you to "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel."

"Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" is a great option for the second week of Advent as it coordinates with Isaiah 11:1-10.

In this first video, musician Jeremy Fisher plays "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus" using the various charts.