Gospel Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar: Rock of Ages


One of the most beloved songs in the gospel literature, “Rock of Ages” works surprisingly well as a guitar instrumental, arranged here by Steve Baughman. Though Baughman often uses alternate tunings, he plays “Rock of Ages” in standard tuning, in the key of A major. For a dynamic arrangement of this sweet and simple song, in the first 12 bars, Baughman fleshes out the single-note melody with some diatonic thirds, sixths, and chord fragments, then takes the piece through some other interesting passages that should delight guitarists. It will let you appreciate this sacred piece in a whole new light.


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