Christmas Music with the Ukulele
An e-book with English Christmas carols for ukulele with re-entrant GCEA tuning (with high G-string):
- I Saw Three Ships (Video)
- Good King Wenceslas
- We Three Kings (Video)
- Good Christian Men Rejoice (Video)
- Silent Night (Video)
- The Holly and the Ivy
- We Wish You a Merry Christmas
- Fum, Fum, Fum!
- Of the Father’s Love Begotten
- The First Nowell
- Deck the Halls
- Angels We Have Heard on High
- Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
- God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Video)
- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Video)
- Joy to the World
- O Holy Night
- O Come, All Ye Faithful (Video)
- O Little Town of Bethlehem (Video)
- Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Video)
This is a double e-book, consisting of two parts (Session, Solo), both containing the same set of 20 songs.
Both parts consist of score, tablature, chords and lyrics.
Part 1 (Session) contains simple melodies and chords for accompaniment. It’s great for singing, playing chord accompaniment, or easy melody playing. Sample
Part 2 (Solo) contains solo arrangements. The chord symbols in part 2 are meant to clarify the harmonies of the arrangements, and are often different from the chords in part 1. The melodies and lyrics are the same as in part 1, though. Sample
The level of difficulty is mostly really low. Just the last few pieces are a bit more demanding. The last piece is a campanella arrangement of “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, which is a challenge even for more skilled players.
The simple melody playing of the pieces 1-19 in part 1 (Session) is very easy and doable for less experienced players as well. However, many of the solo arrangements are pretty easy as well and don’t need much practice to learn. The level of difficulty of the solo arrangements increases from the beginning to the end of the e-book.
A set of MP3 recordings of all arrangements is available too. It is sold separately, because the download is relatively large.
(Please note that the MP3 and video recordings are not always 100% identical with the arrangements. However they always represent very well how the respective arrangement can be played with the ukulele.)