Hi Steve - I'm glad you shared this. This is likely to be our next sond and I was thinking it was too high as well.
Unfortunately, "F" is lower key & I hate to play "F" on the guitar.
Capo 1 and play in E or capo 3 and play in D... there's your F!
We do it in Eb (yeah, not a popular key for most). That seems to be a good compromise. Lowest note is a Bb highest is a D. I really don't like to go any higher than a D...or lower than a Bb. There are some songs that span more than that octave and a major 2nd where you just have to accept that parts are going to be hard no matter (You Never Let Go comes to mind).
You can play it in D with a capo on the first fret if you don't like the barre chords.
I do it in key of E. I use a Shubb C7 partial capo on second fret, covering the A, D and G strings of the guitar.... so chord shapes are from key of D, as in:
Bless the Lord [A (G) ] oh my soul [E (D)]
This works well.
Appreciate the reply, I'll have to check out a Shubb capo
I highly recommend the Shubb capos. In my years of playing and using all types of capos, they are the only ones that keep the guitar in tune and don't absorb any tone.
Along with the dropped D capo, they have a partial capo that replicates a DADGAD tuning a whole step up...I use that for several tunes. I actually made my own Dropped D & Double Dropped D out of spare old Shubbs & a Dremel. This was years before they came out with the partial capos. Now I'd just buy them if I needed a new one.
There are a number of basic "CAGED" voicings that I use to get around all those odd keys without a capo. I use alot of partials on various string sets..
Bend that string, bro! It's European keyboard-oriented discrete-scale sliding-is-maudlin-and-incorrect culture that is the anomaly. People slid, bent, twirled and twisted their melody lines for millennia before the organ came around and spawned a clean-and-synchronize-everything culture -- yet this is modern stuff, a twitch in history. CPE Bach himself notes that melodies slide before and after the beat, and that there is a good deal that is not notated in real music.
Being as '10,000 Reasons' is a song, it seems the best key is the one that enables people to sing it best; and it seems that instrumentalists, us being servants, we ought to use the key that makes that happen; and being as we are intelligent beings, that learning to play in all keys should be a primo goal of musicians. God gave us brains to get us through trigonometry, and we figured out how to make it through Zelda. Most of us know how to play 2/3 of the possible major and minor chords -- why not fill in the rest; then we can play anything -- knowledge which we will have the rest of our life. It doesn't change, folks, even when you're eighty years old. Sure, it's less fun having to wrap your pinkie around those strings to make an "F" chord. Tell ya what; on the keyboard it was sheer pain to make a B7, but we all did it. "F" is a fun key to play in if you think of the joy the people singing are feeling! Think of how many trumpet players and saxists will want to join your worship team if you start doing songs in E-flat once in awhile!
"Think of how many trumpet players and saxists will want to join your worship team if you start doing songs in E-flat once in awhile!"
LOL!!! That is the main reason my sax is a C melody. (been toying with the idea of picking up a Nuevo Clarineo - a plastic clarinet keyed in C)