Post # 1
I would really like to have my sister sing a song at our wedding, accompanied by acoustic guitar.
I have already confirmed with our priest that we are allowed to do a unity candle so I think that would be the perfect time to have her sing. He said they sometimes allow secular songs, but I am still waiting to hear back from the music director on whether or not the one I picked is appropriate.
I’d like to have a few backups, if necessary. I’ve seen a few religious ones that could work (those from the “Vocal” section on this website: http://www.sttaustin.org/index.cfm?load=page&page=291) but it seems like they are all accompanied by piano or organ. I can’t find ANY examples of hymns online that might work that are accompanied by acoustic guitar.
Any ideas???? Thank you!
Post # 3
What about On Eagles Wings? My old church did guitar masses and played that one all the time. It’s a really pretty song.
Post # 4
I noticed it is on the list.
Here’s How Great Thou Art on guitar. It’s not an acoutic version, but I bet it would be fine. It’s so pretty on guitar. I love it. .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLLMzr3PFgk
Post # 5
Check out this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dgZc9zHfUI
“Holy Family” by Danielle Rose. The recorded version uses piano and cello, but it also works very well on guitar (and the chords are not difficult at all). Thematically, it’s also a nice choice for the Unity candle (or a post-Communion meditation/Marian offering/etc.)
Post # 6
If you know someone who is good at guitar, they can do about any song on guitar. A lot of songs will have cords listed above them in the main music books the church has. If you see piano sheet music with E, G, A# listed above it (for example) that is the guitar accompaniment. Someone who knows music should be able to figure out the key and cords and turn it into guitar music pretty quickly.
Post # 7
Looking at the suggestions on that website:
The melody of “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” is a traditional tune called “Hyfrydol” that would work well on guitar. So is “Love is the Sunlight” (a tune called “Bunnesan,” often sung as “Morning Has Broken”).
The Bach/Gounoud Ave Maria would work reasonably well with fingerstyle acoustic guitar. Lots of classical guitarists play that piece.
“When Love Is Found” is another song set to a traditional melody (“O Waly Waly,” often sung as “The Water is Wide”) that works well on guitar.
“Set Your Heart on the Higher Gifts” was actually written on guitar (I know the composer!) and it’s a great choice for a wedding.