Daily Archives: October 19, 2008

Bless Us O Lord For Thanksgiving

Bless Us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts that we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord.

I wrote some music to go along with this traditional Christian blessing as a hymn to learn for Thanksgiving. Many families grow up saying this blessing before meals.  And I think this time of the year is a good time to give thanks for our bounty.

I actually wrote the melody  with guitar chords, but I decided to post this pre-reading version first. If you have a student who knows this blessing and they have a Mom or Dad who plays guitar and can strum along, this might be a fun Thanksgiving activity. C is a terrible key for guitar (IMO) so transpose as needed. Check back in a few days for an easy on-the-staff version, guitar chords, and a slightly more difficult version for level 1 or 2 students.

From a teaching standpoint, I made the hands different colors as help for students who get their left and right mixed up.  This also makes it a good piece for special ed students. Actually, the left hand only plays one note, but the RH has some skips that might cause a little trouble. Practice going 2 -4 in the air with “skipping fingers” before they actually play.

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