Jesus Paid It All is a popular hymn written by Elvina M. Hall. In this post, we cover the guitar chords you can use for this song, sheet music for the melody including tabs, and also a finger-style guitar arrangement. Let’s get started!
How to read the guitar chord charts
To clarify how to read the chord charts in the next section, the top horizontal line represents the high E string and the bottom horizontal line represents the low E string. The vertical lines separate each fret. The numbers in the blue dots tell you which fingers to use on the fretting hand.
For example, on the G Major chord, you use the:
- 2nd finger on the 6th string, 3rd fret
- 1st finger on the 5th string, 2nd fret
- 3rd finger on the 2nd string, 3rd fret
- 4th finger on the 1st string, 3rd fret
- Circles represent open strings
- On some other chords, X means to avoid the string
You can check this link for more on how to read guitar notation symbols.
Chords to Jesus Paid It All
In the key of G Major, the chords to Jesus Paid It All are G Major, D Major, E minor, and C Major. You can click on the chords with links to learn different ways of playing that chord.
Try the following chords one at a time until you feel comfortable switching between them. These chords will be written above the melody in the next section.
Here are some other resources on chords:
- What are the first chords you should learn on guitar?
- 6 tips to get better at switching between chords on guitar
Jesus Paid It All guitar tabs
This section shows you the melody of the song with guitar tabs and the chords written above the staff. Keep in mind that the melody and chords are meant to be played as separate parts. We’ll look at how to connect these parts later in the arrangement section of this post.
The numbers next to some notes on the top staff indicate which fingers to use on the fretting hand.
When playing the chords part, continue playing the same chord when switching to a measure that doesn’t show one. For example, you would play G Major for the first three measures.
You can refer to this simple guide to understanding music symbols if needed.
You can learn a finger-style guitar arrangement of this song after the lyrics below.
Jesus Paid It All lyrics
I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small,
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.
Lord, now indeed I find
Thy pow’r and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone. (Chorus)
For nothing good have I
Where-by Thy grace to claim;
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb. (Chorus)
And when, before the throne,
I stand in Him complete,
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
My lips shall still repeat. (Chorus)
Reference: Jesus Paid It All. hymnary.org
Jesus Paid It All guitar arrangement
In this section, we are essentially connecting the melody and chords together using a finger-style method of playing. If needed, check out this post to learn how to finger pick on guitar.
If you like this style of playing, you can check out this post to learn how to connect a melody and chords on guitar.
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Want to learn more songs? Check out the sheet music with guitar tabs resource on this site.
All the best,
JG Music Lessons