Joy to the World

This is an online fiddle lesson for the Christmas hymn "Joy to the World."

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Genre: Gospel, Holiday
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Keys of G and A

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Video #1: Here is a video of me performing the gospel tune "Joy to the World."

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"Joy to the World" was written by English hymn writer Isaac Watts, based on Psalm 98 in the Bible.  The song was first published in 1719 in Watts' collection; The Psalms of David: Imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian state and worship.  Watts wrote the words of "Joy to the World" as a hymn glorifying Christ's triumphant return at the end of the age, rather than a song celebrating His first coming.  Only the second half of Watts' lyrics are still used today.

The music was adapted and arranged to Watts' lyrics by Lowell Mason in 1839 from an older melody which was then believed to have originated from Handel, not least because the theme of the refrain (And heaven and nature sing...) appears in the orchestra opening and accompaniment of the recitative Comfort ye from Handel's Messiah, and the first four notes match the beginning of the choruses Lift up your heads and Glory to God from the same oratorio. However, Handel did not compose the entire tune. The name "Antioch" is generally used for the tune.

As of the late 20th century, "Joy to the World" was the most-published Christmas hymn in North America.

source: wikipedia

Joy to the World

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.
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  • #29735

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    This is an online fiddle lesson for the Christmas carol “Joy to the World” by Isaac Watts.

    Joy to the World

    #29778
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
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    YEEEEEEEHAWWWWW Baby Joy !!!!!!! Wooohooo that was eeeeeeeeeeexcelent !
    I cant believe you tabbed some of those intermediate rifts for us , wow, thanks John your the best !
    Gu … Cest le temps des Fetes ! :O)

    #29786

    Kaeleigh
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    Thank you for my favorite Christmas song! I think the beginner version is about all I can handle this year ( If that 🙂 ) At the middle of the intermediate break I found myself wondering how it could possibly get more advanced. I’d rather listen to this than any other version I’ve heard!

    #29801

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thanks, Gu and Kaeleigh! It does make a great Christmas song. By the way, and intermediate break becomes an advanced break when you play it really fast. 🙂 Hope to hear you play this sometime!

    #30365
    cricket
    cricket
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    Merry Christmas!  We caroled last night but I played the guitar.  Maybe I can get this one for next year!  This is another great lesson…I just got in too late for Christmas… next year!  Lots here to work on.

    #30372

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    There’s always next year! 🙂

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