Hymns for Fingerstyle Guitar

Review by Jim Ohlschmidt, Acoustic Guitar magazine, May 1997

Dobbins, a talented guitarist whose Jerry Reed transcriptions have been published in several books, presents a dozen solo arrangements of traditional hymns in their Sunday best. Timeless melodies such as “Amazing Grace” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” are respectfully embellished with chords and harmonies that bring to light their full musical character. Dobbins’ thumbpicking gives “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” an up-tempo bounce, and on “In the Garden” he lingers on each note as if it were a small revelation. These arrangements make you wonder why churches don’t retire their organists and hire really good fingerpickers. (CBD Music)

-Jim Ohlschmidt

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