Hymns for Classical Guitar – Free Sheet Music and TABs

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Hymns are religious songs, and appear throughout human history. Ancient texts of hymns have been found in Egypt, Greece, and India. The word “hymn” comes from the Greek word “Hymnos” which translates to “a song of praise”. So hymns are a significant part of religious events. And we also hear hymns at weddings, funerals, and ceremonies.

Hymns have taken different forms throughout their musical development. Usually, there is a simple melody that accompanies a religious text. The music allows people to join together and sing songs of praise. Other times, hymns can be complex and difficult, requiring musical training.

Many composers have written or arranged hymns. Antonio Vivaldi and J.S. Bach are well-known examples of composers who often worked for the church. They often arranged or composed pieces for Sundays and special events. Other religious figures who wrote hymns include Martin Luther, Isaac Watts, and William Cowper.

As music moved away from the church, hymns would become secular. Melodies would serve as themes for well-known pieces. Handel wrote the Messiah using biblical texts. And Ludwig van Beethoven used the famous Ode to Joy hymn for his 9th symphony. Likewise, the lyrics for Ave Maria have been famously added to a piece by Franz Schubert.

Hymns have also been closely associated with various political or social struggles. In times of challenge, hymns often offer encouragement. They can provide a connection to a larger group of people. And they can reaffirm one’s faith and commitments.

Here you can find arrangements of the most popular hymns for classical guitar. Amazing Grace, Merciful Saviour, and Christ, the Lord Has Risen are popular in the genre. Feel free to download, print, and share. If you have any suggestions on this library of hymns arranged for guitar, please drop a line and tell us.

Allen Mathews

Hi, I’m Allen Mathews. 

I started as a folk guitarist, then fell in love with classical guitar in my 20’s. Despite a lot of practice and schooling, I still couldn’t get my music to flow well. I struggled with excess tension. My music sounded forced. And my hands and body were often sore. I got frustrated, and couldn’t see the way forward. Then, over the next decade, I studied with two other stellar teachers – one focused on the technical movements, and one on the musical (he was a concert pianist). In time, I came to discover a new set of formulas and movements. These brought new life and vitality to my practice. Now I help guitarists find more comfort and flow in their music, so they play more beautifully.
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