Mel Bay's Children's Guitar Hymnal

This hymnal was published by Mel Bay Publications of Missouri, USA in 1978.

Compiled by Steve Griffin, there is a brief forward by Bill (William) Bay.  The book has 31 hymns, all in English.

For each hymn, there is music notation in lead-sheet (ie melody line and guitar chords) style, and a summary at the top of the chords required, and the fingering to play it. While the hymns were chosen for their appeal to children, the suggested chord patterns are not overly simplified, including 7th chords in many cases and also minor chords. For some hymns, only the chorus, or chorus and first verse, are included.

There are also two pages devoted to music theory (time signatures), chord notation and strum patterns.

The ISBN is 978-87166725-0.

The book has 40 pages, is A4 sized and soft-bound. It is available from Amazon in the UK/Ireland and US / Rest of the world.


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Table of Contents


Title (first-line) Number
Allelua Praise the Lord 39
Alleluia we thank you Lord
Lyrics & tune: Bill Bay © Mel Bay Publications Inc
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1
Away Far Over Jordan 22
Away far over Jordan, we'll meet in that land
Lyrics & tune: Not stated © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1
Away in a Manger 18
Away in a manger no crib for a bed
Lyrics & tune: Traditional © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 3
Bless the Lord 40
Bless the Lord all you servant of God
Lyrics & tune: Bill Bay © Mel Bay Publications Inc
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1
Chirst the Lord is Risen Today 24
Christ the Lord is risen today, alleluia
Lyrics & tune: Charles Wesley - from "Lyra Davidica" © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1
Climb up Sunshine Mountain 7
Climb up sunshine mountain, heavenly breezes blow
Lyrics & tune: Not stated © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1
Come ye Thankful People 23
Come ye thankful people come, raise the song of harvest home
Lyrics: Sir George Elvey (1816-1893)
Tune: Rev Henry Alford (1810-1871)
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1
Do Lord 11
I've got a home in glory land / Do Lord, O do Lord O do remember me
Lyrics & tune: Not stated © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1
Recommended uses: Spiritual
Go Tell it on the Mountain 10
Go tell it on the mountain / Oh when I was a sinner
Lyrics & tune: Not stated © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1
Recommended uses: Spiritual
Happy all the Time 30
One door and only one, yet its sides are two
Lyrics & tune: Not stated © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1
Heaven Heaven 25
I got a shoes, you got a shoes / Heaven, heaven, gonna walk all over God's heaven
Lyrics & tune: Not stated © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 2
He's got the Whole World 31
He's got the whole world in his hands
Lyrics & tune: Not stated © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1
His Banner over me is Love 33
He called me to his banqueting table, and his banner over me is love
Lyrics & tune: Not stated © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 4
I Love Him 12
I love him, I love him because he loved me first
Lyrics & tune: Foster © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1
I'm in the Lord's Army 16
I may never march in the infrantry /
Lyrics & tune: Not stated © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1
I'm on the Rock 31
I'm on the rock, hallelujah
Lyrics & tune: Not stated © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 3
Jacob's Ladder 8
We are climbing Jacob's ladder
Lyrics & tune: Not stated © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 6
J-E-S-U-S 28
There was a man who died for us and Jesus was his name
Lyrics: Neill Griffin © Not stated
Tune: Traditional
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1
Jesus Loves Me 4
Jesus loves me this I know
Lyrics: William B Bradbury
Tune: Anna B Warner
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1
Jesus Loves the Little Children 6
Lyrics & tune: George F Root (1820-1895)
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1
Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho 26
Joshua fit the battle of Jericho /
Lyrics & tune: Not stated © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1
Spiritual
Kum Ba Yah 13
Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah
Lyrics & tune: African hymn © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 4
Michael Row the Boat Ashore 9
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah
Lyrics & tune: Not stated © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 6
Recommended uses: Spiritual
My Wonderful Saviour 14
O how I need Jesus to guide me along
Lyrics: Steve Griffin © Not stated
Tune: Traditional
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1
O be Careful 12
O be careful little eyes what you see
Lyrics & tune: Not stated © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 4
Oh How I Love Jesus 32
O how I love Jesus / To me he is so wonderful
Lyrics & tune: Issac Watts © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1
One Door 30
I'm in-right, out-right, up-right, down-right happy all the time
Lyrics & tune: Not stated © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1
One Two Three Four 20
1-2-3-4-5-6-7 God has made the way to heaven
Lyrics & tune: Not stated © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 4
Onward Christian Soldiers 27
Onward Christian soldiers marching as to war / Onward Christian soldiers marching as to war
Lyrics: Sabine Baring-Gould © Not stated
Tune: Arthur Sullivan © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 2
Peace I Give You 38
Peace, peace I give you, not like that you have known
Lyrics & tune: Bill Bay © Mel Bay Publications Inc
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 4
Praise him all ye Little Children 5
Praise him, praise him, all ye little children
Lyrics & tune: Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 3
Praise Round 34
We praise, worship and adore you
Lyrics & tune: William Bay © Mel Bay Publications Inc
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1
Availabe on the "God's Children Sing Praise" recording
Show Him You Care 21
Stand up for Jesus, show him you care
Lyrics: Steve Griffin © Not stated
Tune: Traditional
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1
Silent Night 19
Silent night, holy night
Lyrics & tune: Franz Gruber (1787-1863)
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 4
Swing Low Sweet Chariot 15
Swing low, sweet chariot, comin' for to carry me home
Lyrics & tune: Not stated © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1
Recommended uses: Spiritual
The B-I-B-L-E 6
The b-i-b-l-e, yes that’s the book for me
Lyrics & tune: Source unknown
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1
The Earth is the Lord's (Round) 35
The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof
Lyrics & tune: William Bay © Mel Bay Publications Inc
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1
Availabe on the "God's People Sing Alleluia" recording
The Lord is my Shepherd 36
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want
Lyrics & tune: Bill Bay © Mel Bay Publications Inc
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 7
This Little Light of Mine 29
This little light of mine / Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine
Lyrics & tune: Not stated © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 3
Zacchaeus was a Very Little Man 17
Zacchaeus was a very little man, a very little man was he
Lyrics & tune: Not stated © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Language: English
Number of verses: 1

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