How to find Church Guitar Chords Online

Update 2017-08-12: Added “Converting PDF to HTML” with links to PDF to HTML conversion sites for when the only chords you can find are PDF but you still want native browser display.

Update 2016-07-02: Check out webrix.co.uk. I just came across them doing a search for Praise To The Lord Almighty. They have a clean look and easy method to change keys. They only have a few songs but it looks like a good start.

Update 2016-04-01: Ultimate-Guitar.com print versions no longer save properly from a browser when you’ve transposed at all. Chordie.com also has problems printing since their last site redesign. These were my two go-to places for chords :( I find I’m falling back to TraditionalMusic.co.uk, GuitarHymnBook.com, guitarvideochords.com, and gospelguitartabs.com for hymn chords these days. It’s really whatever is turning up in my google searches besides Ultimate-Guitar.com and Chordie.com. On the bright side, I’m more frequently finding my own stash of chords while searching! :)

Update 2016-03-17: Added section about viewing music on a Hipstreet Phoenix tablet rather than print outs.

Update 2015-08-15: I’m now storing my chords for things like Sunday services, VBS, etc., over here: http://www.selah.ca/chords/. There’s a search, too, although Google seems a little slow on indexing that part of the site.

Update 2015-05-23: Added How to Print section

Update 2015-04-11: Added some tip sections about preferred chord layout and alternate version cautions.

How to find Church Guitar Chords Online

For the past half year I’ve been part of a small church where most of our music comes from the hymnal. They’re very, very nice people, though, and are happy to have myself and another man playing guitar in the front pews. We really enjoy it but it takes some effort to work with the piano players and their music so that we can find guitar chords to play from. This took me down the path of finding guitar chords for hymns and worship songs online. Here’s my tips for finding them…

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Windows Paint: This ain’t your father’s Windows Paint!

Do yourself a favour and give Windows Paint another try! Take a screenshot with the Print Screen key (usually next to Scroll Lock and Pause/Break keys) and then crop, resize and edit your picture all in Windows Paint! You can even save in multiple popular formats like JPEG, GIF, TIFF, PNG and, of course, BMP. Who knew!

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An Easy to Remember, Professional Looking Letter Written in Notepad

Sometimes you need to write a letter, print it out and mail it. Not often, but sometimes you do. I was using Letterly.com but it stopped working for me and I needed to write a letter. So, I popped open Notepad and put the same components (to, from, opening, body, closing) vertically on the page. What results is a clear, concise, professional looking letter that can be written in Notepad, printed on whatever plain or letterhead paper you want, and looks as good as Word templates or other fancy online letter writers.

Sometimes you need to write a letter, print it out and mail it. Not often, but sometimes you do. I was using Letterly.com but it stopped working for me and I needed to write a letter. So, I popped open Notepad and put the same components (to, from, opening, body, closing) vertically on the page. What results is a clear, concise, professional looking letter that can be written in Notepad, printed on whatever plain or letterhead paper you want, and looks as good as Word templates or other fancy online letter writers.

I had to contact my political representative some weeks ago. It should be obvious but anyone respects a physical, written letter more than an email any day of the week. It means the person put some time and effort into their communication. So that’s what I sent. Or, a few weeks ago, FedEx was wasting my time so I decided to waste their time writing a letter that would take a few days to arrive, and use up real time for a real employee to read and process and respond to. I needed a letter.

So, here’s the template (don’t be surprised, I said it was easy):

John Doe
123 Any Street
City, Province Postal Code
Country
Jane Q. Public
456 Any Street
City, Province, Postal Code
Country

Summary of Letter Contents

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Sincerely,

John Doe

It’s that simple. Remember to write your signature in pen in the space following “Sincerely,” after printing.

There you have it. An easy to remember, professional looking letter written in notepad.