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Storm: Continuing in the holiday spirit with
'Silent Night' for this lesson. "Silent Night' is arranged in a solo
Folk/James Taylor style. In an earlier lesson we looked at folk accompaniment
for this lesson we will incorporate the melody into the chord
parts. The song is in the key of G and uses the primary chords of G, C and D7 for the harmony. Here are the first two
Storm: I use the familiar thumb, index, middle and ring fingers pattern in the right
hand we've covered in previous lessons. The thumb
covering the bass strings and index, middle and ring getting strings 3-2-1,
picking patterns vary according to the melody being played. Stay with the set
fingering, it will make the patterns repeatable and speed up picking the melody and chord parts together.
Here is a video of the
first two bars for the right hand technique.
thumb takes on a less regimented, but still active, role. Here are the next two
bars, using the open G major chord.
Storm: The next two bars use two different D7
chord forms to accommodate the melody.
Storm: Back to G major for the next two bars.
Storm: The 'pinch' at the end of bar 8
moves up nicely to the C chord in bars 9 and 10.
Storm: I continue using one finger per string in
bars 9 and 10 despite having consecutive melody notes on the same string. The
slower tempo makes this relatively easy to
handle. There are some small variations between the next two bars and the opening bars of the
Storm: The 1st and 2nd strings play together for a more
full sound and variety between the next two bars. Otherwise, the phrase is identical
to the chords
and melody in bars 9 and 10.
You go back to the tonic (G) for the next two
Bar 18 use some position shifts to
connect three different D7 voicings. Only chord tones are played on strings 1
and 3 despite moving from the 7th, to 5th, to open position.
Storm: It is necessary to use different
fingerings for the same G bass note in the next two bars. You then play a G
major chord using a common fingering, then a big stretch to the end of bar 20
made possible by using the 1st finger at the 3rd fret.
The D7 chord sets up our resolutions to the tonic G.
arpeggio fills out the next to last bar before a full sounding strum of the G
brings us to the end.
nice finish. I hope you enjoyed this folk style, chord melody arrangement of Silent
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