"Doxology" means "glory saying" or "glory words." Download FREE two different versions of this Thanksgiving song "the Old Hundredth," as it's also called: as a four-part harmony or choral/piano arrangement, or as a lead sheet with the Doxology lyrics.
Why do I call it a "Thanksgiving song?" Because giving praise to God for the glory of His deeds and His character is one way of thanking God.
This simple video contains the Doxology lyrics to verse one of The Old Hundredth, as this hymn is sometimes called:
Here is "Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow" in 4 different keys, as a lead sheet:
Download the Doxology lead sheet in the key of A
Download The Old Hundredth lead sheet in the key of Eb
Download "Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow" in the key of F
Download "Awake My Soul and With the Sun" in the key of G
You will notice (if you are not playing a melody-only instrument) that I haven't put the chords in these lead sheets! Sorry! I might get around to it if enough people ask me for them.
But if you have a knowledge of chord theory and a background in figuring out "What's the I, IV & V chords of this song?" then this will not be too hard to figure out. In fact, this is an excellent chord theory exercise for your students, piano or guitar!
The Old Hundredth CAN be harmonized with just the I, IV, and V chords. (Challenge your students to figure out the chords to the Doxology!) But if you wish to have a more traditional sound, here is the order of the chords as I prefer them:
I I V vi V I V I
I I I V vi IV I V
I V I V I IV V I(vi)
I(iv) I vi ii ii I V I
For those of you completely baffled by what I just wrote, here's a brief exercise:
Play the C scale on the piano. From left to right, that scale is C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C. (It's the best scale to use because no black keys are involved in the key of C.)
As you play the piano keys from C to C, say to yourself, "Do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, do," or "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8." Those steps are called, in music theory, the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th steps of the scale. (1 and 8 are the same: "Do.")
The chord built on the first step of the scale, C, is called "the I chord." Roman numerals are always used for chords in chord theory. Capitol letters are for major chords, and small-case letters are for minor chords.
So the major chords C, F, and G are called the I, IV, and V chords. The minor chords Dm, Em, and Am are called the ii, iii, and vi chords. (The B or vii chord is a different kind of chord, a diminished chord. I'm not going there today... ) If your students don't understand Roman numerals, this is a fun way to introduce them!
Now here is the four-part harmony or piano accompaniment for the Doxology, also in four different keys:
Here is a less traditional version of the Doxology, arranged in a gospel style and sung by a wedding party of groom and groomsmen!
Why is it called "The Old Hundredth?" As Wikipedia says,
In Psalm 150, we read:
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