October 8, 2014 at 12:39 AM #10009
“Silent Night” is by special request for Barbara. I hope you all enjoy this beautiful Christmas carol.October 10, 2014 at 5:35 PM #10010
That was beautiful John.
I thank you and I know Barbara will.
RockOctober 11, 2014 at 10:01 AM #10011
Thanks Rock!November 4, 2014 at 8:28 PM #11318
Thank you so very much for posting this lesson. I am applying myself to learn it until I can play it well enough to not fumble at all. Then maybe I can try to teach my 6 year old grandson to accompany me on his 3/4 guitar in hopes that we might play it for the family at Christmas.
I would have liked to thank you for this lesson much sooner, but in true Wilma Flinstone fashion, I didn’t know I could reply at the bottom of a lesson. Now I know! Old dog-new trick. 🙂
God’s rich blessings to you and your family, my friend!
Aloha nui loa,
BarbaraNovember 7, 2014 at 6:26 AM #11510
Barbara, playing music with your grandson sounds wonderful. I hope it happens soon!November 8, 2014 at 12:43 AM #11539
John, when you play harmony in the last round, are you playing double stops all the way through? I’m wondering if I should take the separate harmony PDFs, and combine one of them with the main melody notes, to get a sheet of music with both melody and harmony in one clef, so I can play it from there.
Is that a general principle for harmony PDFs/tabs on this site — combine them with the main melody to get double stops (or open strings, as the case may be) to play?November 8, 2014 at 2:14 PM #11560
Hi! The harmony PDFs are not for double-stops. They are just for playing with friends. I would need to write another tab for playing double stops with Silent Night. I will do that!November 8, 2014 at 8:19 PM #11571
OK I have uploaded the tablature for Silent Night with double stops in the key of D (see above).November 21, 2014 at 12:15 AM #12221
I was thinking (again) about the various ways to dress up a song with magic, and tried to imagine how I could dress up an old gospel or Christmas song.
Usually with these really classic tunes, lots of the beauty is in the standard notes and the expected simpleness of the melodies. So it’s always risky (or even in bad taste) to dress up these kinds of tunes with slides, syncopations, riffs, or anything that takes away from the simple, steady progress of the tune. Maybe a few double stops in there, some tasteful grace notes, or a change of key for a verse (and then back again) — I imagine things like that.
John, could you please comment on how (if at all) simple classics can be dressed up with appropriate magic? Any other ideas that you’ve seen or heard of, that worked well?November 21, 2014 at 5:17 PM #12234
I sure appreciate the double stop tabs on Silent Night. I can actually play some of them…until I get to
measure 10 where I get my fingers all mixed up!November 22, 2014 at 2:08 PM #12260
Haha measure 10 is kind of hard to do. Pretty when you get it worked out though!November 23, 2014 at 1:39 AM #12274
Where did my reply for Silent Night disappear to, John? I left you a nice comment and now it is gone! Sheesh! I leave a really nice comment (the first person to leave a comment for this song) and it up and wanders off somewhere. Now I am stressing!
I guess the Christmas fairies must have carried it off and are hiding it under a magical mushroom in the enchanted forest. 🙂
Anyway, my original comment told you what a beautiful job you did of this song and how much I enjoyed hearing you play it. 🙂November 23, 2014 at 4:33 PM #12281
Thank you, Scott! I may have removed that comment because of all the misspelled words.
Just kidding — I have no idea where it is! Elves, I say.November 23, 2014 at 5:19 PM #12285
O great, a big slap in the face for misspelled words. 🙂November 23, 2014 at 9:53 PM #12298
So John, can I take the card from my camera (SN video) and put it in my PC and attach it to BGD?November 23, 2014 at 11:51 PM #12304
Yes! Thanks to Angela, the upload should work now. If it is bigger than 100 Mb let me now.December 5, 2014 at 4:28 AM #13102
I just want to thank you again for posting this SILENT NIGHT lesson. As I have been practicing and learning it, it has been like a key, somehow, unlocking my ability to recognize where my fingers belong to hit desired notes. It’s so very cool and fun. Yes, I still have the sound and coordination of a beginner, but I can figure out how to play simple songs. YeeHaw ! I can play HARK THE HEARALD ANGELS SING, JOY TO THE WORLD, THE FIRST NOEL, ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH, THE CARRAROE, ROSCOE’S WATERFALL, and I’m working on figuring out THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE. Its just SO fun!!! (Its like a feeding frenzy :). ) Supercalafragalistic Thank You’s to you my friend, mentor, & teacher, for all your valuable time and knowledge you pour out for us. Through your website, a special place in my life is being filled and I am so blessed and thankful.
I hope you and your family had a lovely Thanksgiving. So much love and aloha to you.
BarbaraDecember 6, 2014 at 12:57 AM #13117
Barbara, I’m so glad to hear that it has clicked for you! The first step to playing by ear is to start playing simple songs that you are already familiar with. You have going to have to post in the Lion’s Den soon!
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