Beautiful Star of Bethlehem

This is an online fiddle lesson for the Christmas carol "Beautiful Star of Bethlehem."

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Genre: Holiday, Gospel
Skill Level: Beginner
Keys of D and C

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Video #1: Here is a video of my daughters and me performing the Christmas carol "Beautiful Star of Bethlehem."

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Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” is a popular Christmas song, particularly in the country and bluegrass genres.  There seems to be some debate as to the actual author of this lovely hymn.  It would seem that three different men (R. Fisher Boyce, Adger M. Pace and Arthur L. Phipps) are credited with writing and arranging the song.  The song was first published in 1940 by the Vaughan Company and was printed in the company's song-book, "Beautiful Praise".  The Vaughan Company gives both R. Fisher Boyce and Adger M. Pace credit for the song.  The following link is an interesting story about the history of this beloved Christmas hymn: Old-Time Times.

Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem (Chords and Lyrics)
             D             D7
Oh Beautiful Star of Bethlehem
         C                   D
Shining afar through shadows dim
           D                   Bm        A    E  A
Giving the light for those who long have gone
            D                 D7
Guiding the wise men on their way
         G                 D
Unto the place where Jesus lay
             D             E   A7    D   G  D
Oh Beautiful Star of Bethlehem shine on.

Refrain:
             D A D         D G D
Oh Beautiful Star of Bethlehem
           D            Bm    A  E  A
Shine upon us until the glory dawns.
          D                  D7
Give us a light to guide the way
         G               D
Unto the land of perfect day
             D             E    A     D  G  D
Oh Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, shine on

Oh Beautiful Star the hope of light
Guiding the pilgrims through the night
Over the mountains till the break of dawn
Into the light of perfect day
It will give out a lovely ray
Oh Beautiful Star of Bethlehem shine on 

Oh Beautiful Star the hope of rest
For the redeemed the good and blessed
Yonder in glory when the crown is won
Jesus is now the star divine
Brighter and brighter he will shine
Oh Beautiful Star of Bethlehem shine on
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    John Cockman
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    #29477

    Angela
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    Beautiful, John!!  Thank you so much.  What a great first Christmas present.  The girls sound really great, too.  And they are beautiful.  :^)

    Can’t wait to try this one.

    Angela

    #29478
    Icebike
    Icebike
    Participant

    Thank you for the great tune and lesson!!  I had not heard this one before.  I can play along with the notes, although a few struggles with the double stops.  It will take me a few days to get it burned in my head so I can leave the sheet music.  Thanks again.

    Joe

     

    #29489

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thanks Angela and Joe! I’m excited about the 12 tunes of Christmas. 🙂

    #29549

    Kaeleigh
    Participant

    I can play it!!! Yay! I’m so excited about these twelve tunes 🙂 🙂

    #29550
    peggys
    peggys
    Participant

    Thanks John!  Just in time for a band Christmas dinner party tonight.  I played it without the double stops…like Joe, it’s going to take time for that.

    #29555

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Awesome! Thanks Peggy and Kaeleigh. These lessons are going to be a lot of fun for me too.

    #30805

    RandyRhodes
    Participant

    Thanks for this lesson for this beautiful song. Thanks to the girls for helping.

    #30868

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thanks Randy!

    #42325

    wtb3
    Participant

    Great tune, playing and singing! What is the fingering for the intro on fiddle?

     

    #42463

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    I have updated the page to include the sheet music for the intro. 🙂

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