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Christmas Carols For Guitar: Graded arrangements of 12 favourite Christmas songs for acoustic, fingerstyle and classical guitar Paperback – September 30, 2020
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Graded arrangements of 12 all time favorite Christmas songs for acoustic, fingerstyle and classical guitar players.
A collection of twelve of arguably the most well known Christmas carols and holiday season songs beautifully arranged for guitar by guitarist James Akers.
Each of the 12 songs are offered at beginner, intermediate and advanced technical versions. For beginners, start with the easy version of the song, then build up to the more complex versions which are all found in one book. This publication would also be an excellent resource for guitar teachers looking for potential material for students around Christmas time.
- All songs are notated in both music and guitar TAB for non music readers.
- All advanced versions of the song come with QR codes for watching a video performance of each song.
THE TWELVE SONGS INCLUDED ARE:
- Auld Lang Syne
- Away in a Manger
- Ding Dong Merrily on High
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
- Good King Wenceslas
- In Dulci Jubilo
- Jingle Bells
- O Christmas Tree
- Silent Night
- The Twelve Days of Christmas
- We Three Kings of Orient Are
- We Wish You a Merry Christmas
FREE DOWNLOAD OF EXTRA MATERIAL
A link is included within the book to download free extra material which accompanies the publication. Contents of the free download are:
- mp3 versions of all advanced versions of the Christmas carol guitar arrangements for you to listen to before practice.
- mp3 accompanying tracks for the beginner versions of the Christmas carols for play along.
- A PDF book which details all the chords used in the beginner guitar chord arrangements offered in chord diagram format for easy understanding.
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- Publisher : GMI - Guitar & Music Institute (September 30, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 72 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1916302440
- ISBN-13 : 978-1916302440
- Item Weight : 6.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.18 x 11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #110,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is ideal, as it gives three arrangements for each song ... easy, intermediate, and, advanced. I find the easy arrangement to be very simple, mostly one note lines in the open position. These would be ideal for beginners who are still learning to read music notes in the first position. The beginner arrangements also include cord above the vocal lines for those who like to strum the songs.
The intermediate arrangements were more challenging, and, offer more technical challenges, more keys and timings, and 3+note cords. I found I fall pretty solidly into this category with a few still being a bit too simple, and a few still too challenging as yet. Also, I find the TAB lines are useful here for me ... a bit of a cheat perhaps ... as it let's me scan ahead to see where position changes occur that I currently have difficulty recognizing!
The advanced arrangements are mostly beyond me still and do appear to be much more complex. I was able to stagger through part of one of these, but over all, the advanced offerings were well beyond this intermediate/beginners skill level. That's ok as I have plenty to aspire to as I progress ... who knows perhaps by my second Christmas as a player, I'll be ready to tackle so.e of those advanced ones. In the meantime, the beginner and intermediate arrangements should offer plenty of skill building and enjoyable material for playing Carol's this season.
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The advanced arrangements were imaginatively structured, with plenty of variety in approaches. I'll dust the book down next December and work on a few more.
The arrangements are all short. It might have been good to expand them just a little with some variations, and possibly even some accompaniment options if a singer or other instrumentalist wanted to get involved.
Points off for the difficulty in reading the tab due to the type setting. Serves me right for relying on tab, I suppose!
Also points off because the two-page advanced arrangements required a page turn, which could have been avoided.
All in all, really very good. delighted I purchased it.
It falls short in one way that I think is rather important. There seems to be some kind of musical “economizing” so to speak. You get the short of it, verses and chorus, that’s it. The pieces don’t have even a brief musical introduction or musical spacers/bridges between verses/chorus, which I think is important musically. Too bad. Lovely in every other way.