Phil Keaggy's "As it is in Heaven"

Phil's two recent instrumental releases—In the Quiet Hours, and Cinemascapes—make available to Keaggy fans a selection of songs from Phil's ealier four-CD release, Music to Paint By, which had only limited distribution. The previously released tracks have been remastered and sound better than ever! And in addition to some of the best tracks from Music to Paint By, the new recordings contain four new Keaggy instrumentals, among them the lovely acoustic composition "As it is in Heaven," on In the Quiet Hours.

The Jan/Feb 2002 issue of Christian Musician magazine contains as a special feature four pages of transcribed exerpts from "As it is in Heaven." If you're interested in learning the tune, pick up a copy of the magazine. It's probably available at your local newsstand, but if not, you can find subscription info at the Christian Musician web site. It was a priviledge to work with the CM folks on this, and I hope you'll support the magazine.

The material here supplements what appears in the magazine. In the limited space we had in print, we couldn't present the entire accompaniment; you'll find a more complete transcription below. For performance notes, including a description of Phil's signature percussive tapping technique (which is used in Section E of the tune), dig out your copy of the magazine. That's also where you'll find a transcription of Phil's Spanish-flavored solo over Section E, and a Phrygian mode exercise that may help you come up with your own solo for this section. (If you don't have access to the magazine, check out this pre-publication mockup.

You'll also find some MP3 files below that you can download to your hard drive and then play with MP3 player software. They include excerpts from the tune (to motivate you to buy the CD if you haven't already!). Also, check back over the next few weeks; I'll be adding a few "mini lessons" to help you with some of the trickier aspects of the tune. Free and low-cost MP3 players are readily available for all major platforms; popular free players include the QuickTime Player that comes with newer Macs, SoundApp for the Mac, XMMS for Unix/Linux, and WinAmp for Windows. Check the software page at for other options.


The above file is in Acrobat Reader "PDF" format. If you don't have a PDF viewer, you can find a free one at the Adobe web site. The file contains the entire accompaniment, written out in sections (labeled with rehearsal letters). Some of the sections are repeated later in the tune; this will be obvious when you listen to the song! I've opted for brevity, keeping the score to four pages rather than writing out all the repeated sections. As you listen, you'll discover that when a section is repeated, it is seldom repeated exactly. Phil takes liberties with rhythms and occasionally adds some ornamentation. I haven't transcribed every change. Let Phil's improvisations be an inspiration to you in making the piece your own with your own variations.


The following soundbites contain the excerpts published in the Christian Musician article. If you haven't yet heard the tune, this should whet your appetite! You can order In the Quiet Hours online at

If you like what you've seen here, be sure to check out the other tablature we have available here at the Way Back Home web site. Peace to you!

Tom Loredo /