12/8/17

Fingerstyle Ukulele: The First Noel - Two Arrangements


English speakers borrowed the word noel from French. 

Fingerstyle Ukulele: The First Noel - Two Arrangements

It can be traced further back to the Latin word natalis, which can mean "birthday" as a noun or "of or relating to birth" as an adjective.


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Here are two arrangements of The First Noel.

Each is a very different approach the the Christmas classic.


Previous Fingerstyle arrangements


Here's what we've learned in some of the previous arrangements:

In Silent Night - Easy Fingerstyle we learned about bluegrass right hand position, and what fingers to use for what strings. That will be used here.

In O Come, All Ye Faithful we learned about dyads and we played some dyads on the 2nd and third string, using the thumb and the 1st finger.

The chords could be strummed or plucked in that lesson.

In Jingle Bells we had some 16th notes and a passage and a little bit of a timing challenge in measure 11 and 15.

In these additional arrangements of  Silent Night we played higher up on the neck and learned some new dyads.

All of those lessons will come in handy here.



The First Noel I


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Click here to get the PDF: The First Noel


The First Noel II


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Click here to get the PDF: The First Noel II


Performance notes


Everything you learned in the previous lessons will come in handy here.

Strum all 4 note chords.

After learning both arrangements you may find that you like some parts from one and some parts from another.

You can mix and match the parts to create your own unique version!

For example: You may like version I but you would like to add some of the 4 note chords from version II an you especially like the cords in measure 13 of version II. You can put together your version! 

Have fun!

Fingerstyle Ukulele: The First Noel - Two Arrangements

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