There is a nostalgic cast to the music, even if you aren't exactly certain what you are being nostalgic about. It instantly invokes the kind of old-time Christmases that existed in the pre-urban sprawl past sleigh rides, ice skating on rural rivers, carolers moving from house to house , even if you never actually experienced them yourself and even if they no longer exist in quite that same way anymore, or were rosy fictions in the first place aside from on tree ornaments and in Andy Williams television specials.
On strictly musical terms, the backing is mostly unobtrusive, a pleasant but rather conventional orchestral backdrop. Still, the music is delicately played and always pretty. That prettiness is simply overshadowed by wonderful arrangements, particularly the vocal arrangements. In addition to a wonderful take on "Ring Christmas Bells" and one of the few recorded "Twelve Days of Christmas" that doesn't ultimately grow irksome, Conniff spliced together four expert medleys for the album.
As well as playing Deck the Halls with singers, always a fun time around the holidays, you can also learn a solo guitar version of this classic song. Playing Deck the Halls with vocalists often means changing the key of the song to better fit their vocal range. If you want to learn the rest of the lyrics, you can find them here.
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Now that you know what chords are used to build this song, you can take them onto the guitar. Here are open position shapes that you can learn and use to play the changes to the First Noel. Here are barre chord versions of those shapes to make it easier to transpose to other keys when playing this song. Here are sample shapes for each of the chords in the jazz arrangement to learn and add to your vocabulary. You can play this arrangement on your own, as an intro to a sung version of the song, or in a combo when playing in a band.
A favorite to sing along to at carols and holiday concerts, Good King Wenceslas is fun to learn and play on guitar. Now that you know what chords are used to build this tune, you can take those changes onto the fretboard. Here are open position shapes that you can learn and use to play the changes to Good King Wenceslas. And, here are barre chord versions of those shapes to make it easier to transpose to other keys when playing this song. Here are sample shapes for each of the chords in the jazz arrangement to learn and add to your harmonic vocabulary.
There are 7 chords in this song, written here in Roman Numerals to help you transpose them to other keys if needed. As well, to make it easier to transpose this song into other keys, here are the barre chords used to play Hark the Herald Angels Sing. You can use these chords to bring new life into this classic Christmas song, or just use a few of these changes alongside the original changes. If you want to push yourself a bit in the practice room, you can learn a solo guitar version of Hark the Herald Angels Sing. To help you move this classic Christmas song around the fretboard, here is a transposition chart to play the chords in all keys.
Another classic Christmas song, Jingle Bells features a simple chord progression that is fun to jam around the holidays. In this section, you will learn how to play Jingle Bells easy guitar chords, with both open and barre chords, as well as explore how to add a jazz flavor to this holiday favorite.
The first section of lyrics are included in the chord sheet below. To take it a step further, here are barre chords for each change in Jingle Bells that you can practice and play with friends. Barre chords are more difficult to play compared to open chords, but they do make it easier to transpose the song when it comes time to play Jingle Bells in other keys. To help you learn the chords in the jazzy arrangement of Jingle Bells, here are chord grids for each change in the tune that you can use as a reference. Have fun with this arrangement. With only a few chords, and played in the key of C major, Joy to the World is one of those classic Christmas songs that everyone loves to play and sing around the holidays.
You can use them in conjunction with the reference chart below to quickly play Joy to the World in any key. The first stanza of lyrics is included in the lead sheet. As well, when transposing this song to other keys, barre chords will come in handy. To help you get those chord shapes under your fingers, here are barre chord shapes for every chord in Joy to the World. For the jazz guitarists in the room, or those looking to explore jazz guitar , here is a jazzy arrangement of Joy to the World that you can learn on guitar.
Though the chords are different from the original changes, the melody line will still fit over each chord in this arrangement. For those that need a bit of help with jazz chords, here are sample fingerings for each chord used in the Joy to the World jazz lead sheet. A crowd favorite to sing along to at carols and holiday concerts, O Come All Ye Faithful is a fun to learn and play ballad.
Though there are a lot of chords, often one per beat, the slow tempo makes this song manageable for most guitarists. Here are open position shapes that you can learn and use to play the changes to O Come All Ye Faithful.
The most difficult song to play in this collection, the O Holy Night guitar chords are plentiful, colorful, and all over the fretboard in many keys. As well, the form is longer than other classic Christmas songs, making it hard to keep track of where you are in the song. Be sure to practice it ahead of time before taking it to a vocal rehearsal or carol concert. But, O Holy Night has 9 chords, with barre chords, and therefore needs more study to master on the fretboard. So, this is as close as you can get, one barre chord, to all open chords.
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There are 9 chords in O Holy Night, listed here to help you transpose them with the chart below if needed. Here is the O Holy Night lead sheet with the first stanza of lyrics. In , this song was the "Carol of the Year" selected by Prof. William Studwell. Sadly, this is the last year that Bill will be selecting a Carol of the Year, as Bill passed on August 2, The planned end of the year series arrives with the news that the creator of the series, William Studwell, did not live to see the project through to its final coda. Studwell, who worked for 30 years as a library cataloger at Northern Illinois University, died Aug.
It took him deep into the stacks of libraries across the country. At one point, he had compiled a collection of more than volumes to help him in his research. His painstaking research provided insight into the stories behind the carols — legends that they were based upon, local flavors that crept into songs and insightful biographical tidbits about the authors.
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His essays illuminated the works. He noted proudly that he was credited with documenting dozens of new facts about carols. So much of the background of many songs was lost, but he shone a light on it.
He helped keep these songs alive and vibrant. Doug Anderson, another leading expert in the field, and keeper of the website HymnsandcarolsofChristmas. Ultimately, Studwell wrote four books about carols, edited 29 others and generated more than 50 journal articles on the topic. The media ate it up. He was interviewed by radio stations across the country and his expertise was featured in publications ranging from small weeklies to the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. By the time of his death, he had been interviewed more than times.
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While he was most famous for his work on Christmas carols, Studwell was a prolific writer on other topics as well. He was considered a leading expert on college fight songs and state songs. He also wrote several books devoted to classical music, as well as many, many academic papers relating to his field of library science.
Carols, however, were a passion for Studwell, who loved the Christmas season, says his daughter.
The first few notes of any carol were an invitation to share information about the song from his encyclopedic memory.