Watch the How Great Thou Art 1 online guitar lesson by Tim Sparks from Post-Modern Fingerstyle Blues

The roots of gospel and blues run deep through this arrangement of "How Great Thou Art," a now-standard hymn that actually has Swedish roots. The song's origins stretch back to the late 1800's, though it was decades before the song was translated and then embraced by American churches. It's a great jumping-off point for our plunge into post-modern fingerstyle because it builds on elements you're probably familiar with - blues lines, improvisation, chord melody - in entirely new ways.