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It's time! It's finally time! Help fund the first album of hymn arrangements featured on MormonGuitar.com
It's time! It's finally time! Help fund the first album of hymn arrangements featured on MormonGuitar.com
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Covenant Communications, which is a part of Deseret Book, will be distributing the first Mormon Guitar album! That means you'll be able to find the album in most LDS stores. And of course, you'll also be able to buy it and download it online. My hope is that this will make it more easily available to a much wider audience than I would have been able to do on my own.

BUT I STILL NEED YOUR HELP!

So..... if I have a distributor for the album, why the Kickstarter? Well, the distributor will take care of all the distribution, but I still have to make the recordings. Hence, the Kickstarter campaign.

What is the money going to be used for? To record a good album, you have to record at a good studio. So a large portion goes to that. That includes studio time, mixing and mastering of the audio. Luckily, because it's just me, it will be as quick and easy as possible. I won't have to pay studio musicians and there will be minimal mixing as well since it won't be a full band. If you look at other kickstarters out there for albums, they're mostly in the 10s, 20s, 30s, even up to 100 thousand dollars. My goal is to produce the highest quality album possible for the least amount of money.

The rest of the cost will go to production and postage for the pledge rewards.

What if I go past the goal amount? What will that money be used for?Every dollar that goes over the goal amount will go straight back into Mormon Guitar. As you know, Mormon Guitar is a free site, but that doesn't mean it's free to run. There are a lot of development plans that I have for the site and what it can offer, all of which will take some investment. So whether it's development, licensing or updating gear, everything will go directly back into Mormon Guitar.

When I started Mormon Guitar, I never dreamed of actually turning these arrangements into an album that you could actually buy off the shelves. Really, it was just intended to be a resource for people looking to learn how to play the hymns on the guitar. But all of you changed that, in a good way. 

While Mormon Guitar will always be first and foremost a teaching site, with free resources for guitarists, it was the listeners that pushed me to get more and more creative every month. It was all of you that shaped Mormon Guitar into what it is today and it is because of all of you that I have the opportunity to make an album out of it.

Mormon Guitar featured on the front page of Mormon Times in Deseret News
Mormon Guitar featured on the front page of Mormon Times in Deseret News

I have to say, I think the album is going to be killer. A lot of albums are made with 3 or 4 great songs, while the rest are just fillers. But not this one. Every song on this album took a month to do. That's a full year of solid work and creativity. And I think that when you put them all together, we'll have a really great album from start to finish.

But since Mormon Guitar has always been a free site, I've never made any money from it that I could put into making an album. That's why I'm asking for your help to get this album off the ground.

Here are a few of the arrangements that will be going on the album. For more, visit MormonGuitar.com

First off, you might notice that unlike other Kickstarter campaigns for albums, I'm not offering presales of the album. The reason is simple - I can't. I wish I could, but because there will be a distributor for the album, I'm not at liberty to give away any copies as backer rewards.

So in my best effort to make that up to you and to still make it worth it, I'm giving as much back to you as I possible can with each pledge and reward. Whether it's personal thank you letters, merchandise that's exclusively designed for Kickstarter backers, online guitar lessons, personal concerts (in person or online), or even allowing you to pick the next hymn, I'm going all out to try and give as much of me to you. 

Some of the rewards are self-explanatory, but some of them are easier to understand if you just see them. Here are few of them:

Mormon Guitar Pick with "Backer" added EXCLUSIVELY for Kickstart Backers
Mormon Guitar Pick with "Backer" added EXCLUSIVELY for Kickstart Backers
Mormon Guitar Scripture Bookmark with "Backer" added EXCLUSIVELY for Kickstart backers
Mormon Guitar Scripture Bookmark with "Backer" added EXCLUSIVELY for Kickstart backers
Mormon Guitar Window Decal
Mormon Guitar Window Decal
Mormon Guitar T-Shirt with "Backer" added EXCLUSIVELY for Kickstart Backers
Mormon Guitar T-Shirt with "Backer" added EXCLUSIVELY for Kickstart Backers

If you have any questions about the rewards, feel free to comment on this project or shoot me an email. You can find my email at mormonguitar (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thank you to everyone for all of your support with both Mormon Guitar and this project. It's been a lot of fun and I'm excited to keep doing the arrangements for as long as I can.

-Ben

MormonGuitar.com is my little project to write original arrangements of my kids’ favorite hymns and primary music every month.  It’s also an excuse to play the guitar more often (but don’t tell my wife).

At the beginning of each month they tell what song I should do next.  I then arrange it, transcribe it, video myself playing it and video myself teaching you how to play it.  New arrangements are posted the first day of each month.  And of course everything on this site is free.

I learned to play guitar when I was a teenager in the early 90′s.  Back then, there was no internet for me to get lost in after school. So instead, I locked myself in my room for hours everyday teaching myself to play the guitar.  I guess I hope there are some kids out there that can use the stuff on this site and spend their free time after school learning to play guitar like I did, instead of wasting it on other stuff. …like homework.

Visit mormonguitar.com to learn more or to listen to the arrangements. Here's a sample of what's going on the album.

Risks and challenges

Risks for this project are pretty minimal since I already have a distribution deal in place. Potential problems could include securing the copyright permissions for the hymns, however the distributor has extensive experience with this and it shouldn't be a problem.

Of course, if I was to chop off a finger, that would hinder the project. Although I did that once before in High School, and it still hasn't slowed me down.

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    RINGTONE - Get a Mormon Guitar ringtone made EXCLUSIVELY for Kickstarter Backers! You'll also get a personal thank you email from me.

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    GUITAR PICK - Get a Mormon Guitar guitar pick with "Backer" added EXCLUSIVELY for Kickstart Backers, guaranteed** to make the hymns sound even better. (**Nope. Not guaranteed. Not at all. But if you think you sound better with it, then sweet!) You'll also get a personal hand-written letter from me thanking you for your help. ***This package also includes the ringtone.

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    WINDOW DECAL - You'll be the first one to get an awesome Mormon Guitar car window decal, perfect for showing everyone on the road that you not only play the guitar (or like the guitar), but you're spiritual too! You'll also get a Mormon Guitar SCRIPTURE BOOKMARK with "Backer" added EXCLUSIVELY for Kickstart Backers. All of this, plus the hand-written letter, guitar pick and ringtone listed above.

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    T-SHIRT - Get a sweet Mormon Guitar T-SHIRT with the word "BACKER" printed on the back EXCLUSIVELY for Kickstarter Backers. And of course, you'll also get the window decal, scripture bookmark, guitar pick, ringtone and hand-written letter listed above.

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    GUITAR LESSONS. The perfect gift for yourself or someone else. We'll sit down via online video chat and I'll give you a 30-minute guitar lesson on whatever you like, anything from the hymns to Hendrix and everything in between. No matter where you live or your skill level - beginner, intermediate or advanced - I'll do my best to help you become a better guitar player. ***NOTE: There are a limited number of these available but there is no limit on how many of those you can buy. So you can purchase one lesson or several. This pledge also includes the window decal, scripture bookmark, guitar pick, ringtone and hand-written letter listed above.

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    YOUR OWN VIDEO - I'll send you a personalized video of me playing your favorite Mormon Guitar arrangement. The video will start with me thanking you for your contribution and then I'll perform the arrangement that you picked, which you'll be able to download and keep forever. Every performance for each backer will be individually performed. No two will be exactly alike, even if they are the same hymn, making this reward truly one of a kind. Additionally, you'll also get the t-shirt, window decal, scripture bookmark, guitar pick, ringtone and hand-written letter listed above. NOTE: This reward is for one (1) hymn performance. The hymn has to be one of the hymns already posted on MormonGuitar.com.

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    ONLINE CONCERT - Your own personal, hour-long online concert. I'll sit down in front of my webcam and you can invite as many people as you like to watch. If you want me to just play, I'll play. If you want to make requests, I'll play whatever you want. I can stick to the hymns or play some the songs that shaped my life. Additionally, you'll also get the t-shirt, window decal, scripture bookmark, guitar pick, ringtone and hand-written letter listed above.

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    ONLINE CONCERT PLUS YOU GET TO PICK NEXT MONTH'S HYMN! Along with the online concert listed above, I'll tell my kids (who usually pick the songs) to take a hike and let you pick the hymn one month. Obviously, it won't be on this album due to timing. But if things work out, there's a possibility it could be on the next one. Just saying. Additionally, you'll get the t-shirt, window decal, scripture bookmark, guitar pick, ringtone and hand-written letter listed above.

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    I'M YOURS FOR THE NIGHT IN UTAH! I'll be in SLC, Utah on Monday, May 19th, and I can be your entertainment for the evening. I'll come over to your house, or wherever you want, with my guitar and play until I can't play anymore. You could do it just with your family, you could go in on it with a couple of other people or families to split the cost, or you can charge all your friends to get in your front door to make up the cost. Whatever. Even if you just want to hang out, that's cool too. It'll be fun. Additionally, you'll also get the t-shirt, window decal, scripture bookmark, guitar pick, ringtone and hand-written letter listed above.

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    I'M YOURS FOR THE NIGHT IN NC! Since I live in North Carolina, this one just makes sense. I'll travel anywhere in the state to come over to your house, or wherever you want, with my guitar and play until I can't play anymore. You could do it just with your family, you could go in on it with a couple of other people or families to split the cost, or you can charge all your friends to get in your front door to make up the cost. Whatever. Even if you just want to hang out, that's cool too. It'll be fun. Additionally, you'll also get the t-shirt, window decal, scripture bookmark, guitar pick, ringtone and hand-written letter listed above.

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