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This month's Free Tablature is
  
"Spanish Hymn" 
(aka "Come, Christians, Join to Sing")

Lyrics:

Come, Christians, join to sing
Alleluia! Amen!
Loud praise to Christ our King;
Alleluia! Amen!
Let all, with heart and voice,
Before His throne rejoice;
Praise is His gracious choice.
Alleluia! Amen!

Come, lift your hearts on high,
Alleluia! Amen!
Let praises fill the sky;
Alleluia! Amen!
He is our Guide and Friend;
To us He’ll condescend;
His love shall never end.
Alleluia! Amen!

Praise yet our Christ again,
Alleluia! Amen!
Life shall not end the strain;
Alleluia! Amen!
On heaven’s blissful shore,
His goodness we’ll adore,
Singing forevermore,
“Alleluia! Amen!”


 
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I first heard this tune when it was performed by a church hand bell choir, and was struck by the wonderful harmonies of the different bell parts.  Unfortunately, I neglected to save the bulletin from the service that week, so I taught the tune at workshops for a number of years under the name "The Hand Bell Song".  Fortunately, a few years ago one of my students recognized it as the hymn in the Methodist hymnal titled "Come Christians Join To Sing".  The words to that hymn  were written in 1843 by a Scottish minister from Edinburgh named Christian H. Bateman, and published as part of a collection of hymns entitled "The Sacred Songbook".  The melody is a traditional Spanish hymn tune called "Madrid", or "Spanish Hymn".  

I've written this arrangement for 4 dulcimers. Each part is "layered in", one at a time. "Dulcimer 1"starts with the basic melody in drone style (played on the middle string) The second time through, the "Dulcimer 2" part adds in the backup chords (formed off of the bass string). "Dulcimer 3" is added the third time through the piece, providing a counter-melody/harmony part. "Dulcimer 4" has the melody being played an octave higher, and in the chord/melody style.

I use this arrangement quite a bit with clubs and other "mixed-level" workshops, since the 4 parts fit a wide range a skill levels. As is true of most ensemble arrangements, the "whole" turns out to be greater than the sum of the parts. So find at least 3 other dulcimer players, and enjoy this tune!

There are separate TablEdit/.pdf/.jpg/midi files for each of the 4 parts. In addition, I've provided a 5th midi sound file that includes all 4 parts, each one being added one at a time, so you can hear the final result.

Here are the complete set of lyrics:

.JPG Dulcimer 1
.JPG Dulcimer 2
.JPG Dulcimer 3
.JPG Dulcimer 4
 

TablEdit files
Dulcimer 1
Dulcimer 2
Dulcimer 3
Dulcimer 4

.PDF
Dulcimer 1
Dulcimer 2
Dulcimer 3
Dulcimer 4

.Midi ALL Parts
Dulcimer 1
Dulcimer 2
Dulcimer 3
Dulcimer 4