Strings in Phase II



Limited additional string solos and accompaniments were added in Phase II. They were:

Those decisions on what to add and where, were evolutionary during the Phase II recording process.

First. During the process of creating the new arrangement for the Contemporary Christian song "Welcome Home", we stuck with the author and composer's preference of acoustic instruments. That was based on conversations with her, which revealed she felt strongly about staying away for the older traditional church organ sound used on a number of the traditional hymns included on this album.

Thus, while we did add several additional layers of musical resources to the song beyond the original solo acoustic guitar and solo voice, we stuck with the acoustic folk flavor.

That meant we could not use alternative Contemporary Christian instruments like what is used in Christian Rock, which uses instruments like electric bass guitar and drums.

We added a lower acoustic guitar harmony to the new acoustic guitar accompaniment, and a truely resonate acoustic string bass component. Those preserved the acoustic, more folk sound of the arrangement, although one listener to the new draft said they thought the new arrangement had a flavor reminiscent of country.

Second. On the hymn "Joyful, Joyful." we added string bass to the Beethoven tune for that hymn.

Third. As part of creating the interlude for "Amazing Grace," we initially added cello to carry the tune with the handbell accompaniment. However, when we successfully re-tuned the Shuttle Pipe recording into the key of the hymn, we decided to use the Shuttle pipe for the tune with the handbells, and thus were able to move the cello part to become the intro to the hymn.

We also added cello to the last verse of "Just A Closer Walk with Thee," to add a warm harmony line along with the handbell and handchime accompaniment.

Thus, Phase II ended up adding both cello and string bass to a couple of the hymns.

 


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