I like to play guitar for praise songs at church and I have found myself involved in a grand project to carefully curate my personal collection of chord sheets, specifically prepared for my church’s hymnal, so I can whip out my binder at any time and play along with the hymns.
As any guitar player has probably noticed, pretty much any chord sheet you download … sucks.
Sometimes it is merely lame, sticking with I, IV, V7 all the way through, without even a minor vi chord or ii chord to spice things up.
But more often, the chords are outright wrong, or they are on the wrong beat. And the fancy sounding chords are often available from a little bit of study of the piano music in a hymnal, so they aren’t secret changes that the artist doesn’t reveal.
What gives? I would have assumed that anyone who prepared the song sheet had actually played the changes along with the song, and they would have heard the errors.
Do musicians intentionally taint the well by taking the good parts out of their chord sheets, kind of like a cook leaving out some key ingredients from a shared recipe?