A Fingerstyle Guitar Christmas Song

Happy Holidays! A Fingerstyle Guitar Christmas Song

A fingerstyle guitar Christmas song seems the appropriate blogging gift for the holiday season. My choice is an original arrangement  I have just completed of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” It is here in standard guitar manuscript with guitar tablature, plus chord names. All acoustic guitar players [ or electric ]; Classical, fingerstyle, Travis pickers, and hybrid pickers can play this arrangement. The difficulty level is late beginner  / early intermediate. Beginner flat pickers can play just the melody line and /or practice the chord changes. Singing along is up to you.

As an exercise it  strengthens the left hand finger #4. [ small finger. ] It also introduces unison harmony.

So here is We Wish You A Merry Christmas – pdf. for fingerstyle guitar. If you want to view the arrangement with playback capability, slow it down, etc., then click on the pdf icon to go to Noteflight.com . We Wish You A Merry Christmas - pdf.

I offer just a few study notes. First, make sure that your open g-string and the 4th string – 5th fret g are in tune with each other. The unison will not sound good if they are not attuned. This arrangement can be played in first position. Measure #3: the left hand 4th finger plays the lower [ bass ] note. Measure #4: This is the unison, once again he left hand 4th finger plays the lower [ bass ] note. Measure #16, I prefer the L.H. 4th finger for the F# and the 3rd finger for the D. [ If  other fingerings work better for you, use them. ] Measure #17: arpeggiate or strum it to get the full chord. Have Fun! Please share it with someone. 

guitar playing Christmas tree.* This holiday season think of a way to give the gift of your guitar passion to someone else.

P.S. For the more advanced that like to play guitar, here is how to play O Holy Night, instruction in video from Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

If you are so inclined you can purchase my Christmas CD Classic Carols for Fingerstyle Guitar on our CDs | Music pages . The book with CD of the same name is also available there. All of the music is in notation with guitar tab, chords, and lyrics. If you are not in the USA your local music store can order Santorella publication TS169-CD from the publisher if they do not have it in stock.

Many thanks and my gratitude to my subscribers and readers.


Peace, Love, and Happy Holidays.

Author:  Jerry George


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Guitar Finger Exercises

Guitar Finger Exercises.guitar finger exercises

The first in a series of my guitar finger exercises will begin this month. But first, a short review of the guitar practice – watch tv challenge. I hope it was fun and productive for you. If it went well you have improved on some scales and such. Also, it makes us all more aware of how much time we are watching TV. [ Same goes for texting, surfing, gaming, and any social media time in our lives. ] The challenge was never meant to be an optimal way to practice. It is a way to play your guitar more often. As always, thanks to all acoustic guitar odyssey subscribers and readers. Embrace your passion!

Now it is back to the practice area. Time to play guitar and for some serious guitar study. Last months blog  touched on embracing the process of learning guitar. You will be rewarded if you take the time to do this when learning these guitar finger exercises. Play them slowly and as evenly as possible. Build the playing tempo very gradually.

 free strokeNew! Guitar finger exercises: Now, here is some info about the following exercise. My main suggestion as you work on this finger builder is to NOT  slide from one 4 note beam of eighth notes into the next. Try to play each note clearly but detached at first. [ The notes should not run into one another, so don’t hold the notes down after you playing it. This will reduce string noise on these wound strings.

 Guitar Exercise – Lateral fingering 1 is designed for agility and strengthening of the left hand.  You can view, listen, copy, and play along with this exercise posted at noteflight®, lateral fingering guitar exercise by Jerry George . [ When on noteflight at the bottom of your browser you may adjust the playback tempo,  ] Note: Regarding: right hand for this exercise. [ classical players ] The right hand sequence is p,i,m,a, a,m,i,p.   [ flat pickers ] Alternate up and down strokes. View this exercise as a pdf file.view guitar exercise as pdf file.

 New Feature! This months recommended guitar site is guitar.about.com . This is a well designed and information packed website for guitar and music education. There are many categories and subcategories available to explore.

Pat Methany playing guitar This months music quote: Listening is the key to everything good in music.” – Pat Metheny


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Guitar tips:  For variety when playing a scale or mode try swinging the eighth notes. Also, try starting the scale on an upbeat.

Author:  Jerry George