Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

This Little Light of Mine

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

This Little Light of Mine

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For nearly 100 years,"This Little Light of Mine" has been a staple of the gospel songbook. The hymnist Harry Dixon Loes originally wrote this spiritual as a children's number, and it found its way into the folk tradition after being gathered by the musicologist John Lomax in 1939. Ray Charles later gave the tune a secular treatment ("This Little Girl of Mine"), and the Everly Brothers followed suit with their own version.

"This Little Light of Mine" is also nicely suited for campfire play, as the San Francisco Bay Area singer-songwriter and guitarist Maurice Tani demonstrates in the accompanying video on AG's website. Tani plays the song in the bright key of G major, with a handful of basic open chords-the first grips that most guitarists learn to play.

To work up "This Little Light of Mine," first make sure that you are familiar with all the chord shapes and can switch between them with relative ease. …

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