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Help me print CD's of my fist EP of "Guitar Hymns Vol.1" and Release a brand new full-length CD "Guitar Hymns Vol. 2"
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My name is Donovan Raitt, and I am a acoustic guitarist from Irvine, CA. I need your help to print CD's and release my two collections of traditional hymns arranged for Solo acoustic guitar and their accompanying music books.

In 2013, I released my first collection of 5 hymn arrangements on my Guitar Hymns Vol.1 EP, however, this was a digital release only, and never appeared on physical CDs. Many people have asked me if this collection will ever be made available on physicial CDs, and so that is part one of this Kickstarter project, to make those CD's available to those who have asked for them over the past few years. 

This past Spring, I decided to record some additional hymn arrangements with the idea of completing "Volume 2" of this project. What started as just another EP evolved into a full length collection of 10 new hymn arrangements that I'm very proud of and excited to share with you all! 

Guitar Hymns Vol. 2 has already completed recording in my home studio, and now I need your help with the production of the artwork, production costs and digital distribution costs. All recording has already been completed, and digital copies are included as immediate downloads with all pledges above $15

Another aspect of this project are the accompanying sheet music books for the CDs. As I currently serve as Director of music at Aliso Creek Church Many of these arrangements were created as improvisations on hymns before, during and after church services. I'm hoping to make transcriptions of these arrangements available to other worship leaders and guitarists for use in their services as well. 

I'm asking for $1750 to cover the basic artwork and production costs for the CDs and Music books. This will cover the following estimated costs:

$300 - CD artwork and design for Guitar Hymns Vol. 2

$100 - Digital distribution costs for Guitar Hymns Vol. 2

$250 - Costs for transcribing, formatting, printing and publishing of sheet music books for both volumes.

$100 - Shipping and handling costs for sending out rewards and CDs

$1000 - CD printing costs for enough CD's to cover all pledges and rewards

Total Estimated Costs: $1750 (Feel free to check my math on this!)

Projects like this can't happen without support from friends and the kickstarter community, and I am very grateful for your support of this project! 

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Since the albums are already recorded, there will be no issues fulfilling this project once it's funded. All the work is completed and as soon as the artwork is ready to go we can begin production of the CD's

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    VOlUME 1 DIGITAL ONLY: Immediate Digital Download of "Guitar Hymns Vol.1" and Website "Thank You!"

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    VOlUME 2 DIGITAL ONLY: Immediate Digital Download of "Guitar Hymns Vol.2" and Website "Thank You!"

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    VOLUME 1 CD AND DOWNLOAD: CD copy and Immediate Digital Download of "Guitar Hymns Vol.1"and Website "Thank You!" add $10 for each additional CD.

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    VOLUMES 1 AND 2 DIGITAL ONLY: Immediate Digital Download of "Guitar Hymns Vol.1"and "Guitar Hymns Vol.2" and Website "Thank You!"

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    VOLUME 2 CD AND DOWNLOAD: CD copy and Immediate Digital Download of "Guitar Hymns Vol.2"and Website "Thank You!" add $20 for each additional CD.

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    CD copies and Immediate Digital Download of "Guitar Hymns Vol.1"and "Guitar Hymns Vol.2" and Website "Thank You!"

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    SIGNED CD's: Signed CD copies and Immediate Digital Download of "Guitar Hymns Vol.1"and "Guitar Hymns Vol.2" and Website "Thank You!"

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    CDs and SHEET MUSIC DOWNLOADS: Downloadable copies of the complete transcriptions for Guitar Hymns 1 and 2 written in standard notation and guitar tablature. Plus signed CD's and Immediate Digital Download of "Guitar Hymns Vol.1"and "Guitar Hymns Vol.2" and Website "Thank You!"

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    CDs and SHEET MUSIC BOOKS: Both complete music books for Guitar Hymns 1 and 2 written in standard notation and guitar tablature. Plus signed CD''s and Immediate Digital Download of "Guitar Hymns Vol.1"and "Guitar Hymns Vol.2" and Website "Thank You!"

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    CHRISTMAS HYMN CD BUNDLE: CD copies of "Guitar Hymns 1 and 2" plus CD copies of "Midwinter Hymns" and "Christmas Hymns" and Immediate Digital Download of "Guitar Hymns Vol.1"and "Guitar Hymns Vol.2" and Website "Thank You!"

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    COMPLETE DONOVAN RAITT CD BUNDLE: CD copies of "Guitar Hymns 1 and 2" plus CD copies of "Strategic Tension" "Pursuing the Horizon" "Midwinter Hymns" and "Christmas Hymns" and Immediate Digital Download of "Guitar Hymns Vol.1"and "Guitar Hymns Vol.2" and Website "Thank You!"

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    GUITAR LESSON: One 60 minute lesson at a mutually agreed upon time where I will teach you anything you want to learn! Anywhere in the world via Skpye or In-person in Irvine, CA. Plus signed CD''s and Immediate Digital Download of "Guitar Hymns Vol.1"and "Guitar Hymns Vol.2" and Website "Thank You!"

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    YOUR NAME IN THE CD LINER NOTES: Your name will appear in a special "thank you" section of the CD liner notes of Guitar Hymns Vol. 2, plus Signed CD copies and digital copies of "Guitar Hymns 1 and 2"

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    HYMN ARRANGEMENT OF YOUR CHOICE: I will record an arrangement of the the hymn of your choice, which may or may not end up on the final CD! You will receive a digital copy of your custom hymn arrangement and video performance! Plus CD copies of al of My CD's and Immediate Digital Download of "Guitar Hymns Vol.1"and "Guitar Hymns Vol.2" and Website "Thank You!"

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    HOUSE OR CHURCH CONCERT IN SoCal AREA: A private house concert or concert at you church on a mutually agreed upon date with Donovan Raitt in the OC/LA/SD areas, plus SIGNED CD's and Immediate Digital Download of "Guitar Hymns Vol.1"and "Guitar Hymns Vol.2" and Website "Thank You!"

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    HOUSE OR CHURCH CONCERT ANYWHERE IN NORTH AMERICA!: A private house concert or concert at you church on a mutually agreed upon date with Donovan Raitt in the OC/LA/SD areas, plus SIGNED CD's and Immediate Digital Download of "Guitar Hymns Vol.1"and "Guitar Hymns Vol.2" and Website "Thank You!"

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