This is for solo guitar, string section, and piano. Sometimes simple is better. When I was just a “young pup” learning how to play in recording sessions, a wise and talented guitarist, Jon Darnall, told me that knowing when not to play was an important part of being a studio player. The same is true for the arranger – less is more, as they say, and if you can live without a particular part that you’re contemplating, you probably should!
As with Gentle Shepherd, we have a lovely instrumental version of Savior Like A Shepherd Lead Us. Both songs are entirely appropriate for young marrieds looking for guidance, and I think you will be pleased with the contemplative nature of this arrangment.
My arrangement for this song is based on what Amy and Patrick Fata did on their Hymns project; I produced that CD about a year ago for them (it is now 2010 at this writing). I lifted Patrick’s piano part almost exactly in the introduction and verses of the song, albeit in a different key. The chorus is completely different, as they had re-written it, and I wanted to keep the traditional chorus which everyone who is familiar with the song recognizes.