Be Thou My Vision
Traditional, arr. Kevin Birkbeck
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The hymn Be Thou My Vision was originally an Irish folk song called Slane. This traditional melody became a hymn in 1927 when Welsh composer David Evans added lyrics and included it in the hymnal of the Church of Scotland.
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As with any melody, Be Thou My Vision can be arranged in many styles. Here are three very different arrangements, each excellent in their own right. Listen to all three; which one do you prefer? Why?
Kevin Birkbeck teaches music to over 500 5th and 6th grade students in Bakersfield, California, USA. He uses ukulele extensively in his music program and is currently completing his JHUI Level 1 Teacher Certificate.