Just a Closer Walk with Thee

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This is an online fiddle lesson for the hymn "Just a Closer Walk with Thee."

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Genre: Gospel
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Keys of A, Bb and G

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Video #1: Here is a video of me playing the hymn "Just a Closer Walk With Thee."

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"Just a Closer Walk with Thee" is a traditional gospel song that has been performed and recorded by many artists. Performed as either an instrumental or vocal, "A Closer Walk" is perhaps the most frequently played number in the hymn and dirge section of traditional New Orleans jazz funerals. The title and lyrics of the song allude to the Biblical passage from 2 Corinthians 5:7 which states, "We walk by faith, not by sight" and James 4:8, "Come near to God and he will come near to you."

The precise author of "A Closer Walk" was unknown until recently, although Peterson claimed that was not the case. Circumstantial evidence strongly suggested it dated back to southern African-American churches of the nineteenth century, possibly even prior to the Civil War, as some personal African American histories recall "slaves singing as they worked in the fields a song about walking by the Lord's side.". Horace Boyer cites a story that repudiates this claim, stating,

“On a train trip from Kansas City to Chicago, Morris exited the train on one of its stops to get some fresh air and heard one of the station porters singing a song. He paid little attention at first, but after he reboarded the train the song remained with him and became so prominent in his mind that at the next stop, he left the train, took another train back to the earlier station, and asked the porter to sing the song again. Morris wrote down the words and music and published the song “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” that year, 1940, adding a few lyrics of his own to provide more breadth. Within two years the song became a standard in gospel music, eventually becoming a standard in Jazz, and then moving into the realm of American folk music, known and sung by many (Boyer, 75).”

source: wikipedia

Just a Closer Walk with Thee

I am weak but Thou art strong
Jesus keep me from all wrong
I'll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee

Refrain:
Just a closer walk with Thee
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea
Daily walking close to Thee
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be

When my feeble life is o'er
Time for me will be no more
Guide me gently, safely o'er
To Thy kingdom's shore, to Thy shore

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    John (BGD)
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    I’ve been wanting to do this beautiful old hymn for quite some time.  Thanks, Steve, for requesting it!

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    Frederick
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    Thanks for the lesson John and Steve. Very nice.

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    Steve Srader
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    Thanks John , love it , I knew it would be pretty ! John on the main performance MP4 video are you kicking it off with the beginner version then 2nd with the intermediate ?

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    Steve Srader
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    John , I love the way you sang the tune , You absolutely owned the tune on this lesson , That’s a great singing tune that fits you to a T , thank you again !

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    John (BGD)
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    Thanks! Yes, the first break is the melody, then the second break is intermediate.

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    Steve Srader
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    Ok thanks , I though that was the case , So that’s the way I will do it !

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    Joe
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    Thanks John love these gospel tunes.

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    cricket
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    Very nicely done.  What Steve said…beautiful singing and fiddling.

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    Eddie
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    That is awesome. Your fiddle sounds so sweet… I want to be able to play like that.

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