Wednesday, December 9, 2015




     Here is a beautiful Christmas song about the birth of Christ in a minor key.   Its tune is adapted from the old folk tune "Greensleeves."   I have always loved playing "Greensleeves" as an instrumental tune, but this is also a wonderful song to sing at this special time of year.

   A song "tag" is a short phrase that is "tagged" to the end of a song; often it is just the last couple of bars or last line of the song repeated.  Here is a TAG line for the ending-- it is the last line with a twist-- complete with an alternate arpeggio in place of the two notes at the END.


    Here is the beautiful song "White Christmas" by Irving Berlin, made famous by Bing Crosby in the film of the same name.

    A few guitar notes:  (this also applies to other songs, including the one above)

  •    This song is arranged in the "Key of D"-- this is a new key for some of us, but it involves many familiar chords, with only a few "new" ones (see below).
  •    When a chord is shown in --(parentheses)-- this is meant to indicate an optional chord.   Actually, these ARE part of the song, but as a Beginner Guitarist, it is possible to play with or without these particular chords.
  •   I have included the "beat" or rhythm under each line of the song.  This will probably help you play as you follow the individual beats in the song.

     There are a couple of new or different chords in this song.  Both of them fall under that category of "optional" chords.  But here they are--- they are a bit more difficult than most of the chords we've played.  But they are still playable.  

   If you are a beginner, feel free to skip over these.  If you are a serious or experienced player, you will want to challenge yourself to TRY to learn them.

    The diminished chords are a four-finger chord which also has an unusual characteristic.  It is one of the few chords which has equal intervals between notes.   This causes it to be moveable.   Every three frets, the notes in the diminished chord realign or "inverted" and therefore, the chord name changes, based on the Root note.

    The G Minor here is an abbreviated version of a full Barre chord, based on the Emin chord.   The optional bass note CAN be played with the thumb, while the index finger "barres" the three strings.   Theoretically, these three notes can be played with three different fingers (similar to how some players fret the "A" chord), but this mini--barre is much easier, once you fight through and get comfortable with it.


   Here are some of the Christmas holiday songs that we've been working on over the last year or two.   Each November, we start practicing, and in December, we usually go out as a class to several retirement homes, or other venues, and do concerts in the community.  It's been a lot of fun.   Now you can learn the songs with us.


    Some of my students have had trouble printing copies of our songs off of this website or from email.   Here are some instructions that may be of help in trying to do this.   Please follow these steps and hopefully, it will work.  

    When saving or downloading these songs, TRY right click over top of the song, click on "Save image as"--- and save it to your computer.   Then try opening the image up in a document program, such as MS Word or MS Publisher.    From there, you should be able to print the song out in normal size in any format.

Single Notes



                                                                                                AWAY IN A MANGER                                SILENT NIGHT

      JOY TO THE WORLD                                                               SILVER BELLS

          SANTA CLAUS IS                                                       WE WISH YOU A
     COMING TO TOWN                                                             MERRY CHRISTMAS