This is an excellent beginner book for being able to play hymns. My daughter played just the chords on a piano, my one son is learning the violin, my other son is learning the guitar, and my daughter is learning the guitar as well. And I sang :) We were able to play Amazing Grace within a half an hour! And I kept on playing just the background chords on the piano, singing along, and was able to learn 9 songs just today! Thanks so much, we are going to play a few songs at church in a couple weeks, even though we are beginners.