Jul 6, 2017

Silent Night for Ukulele: Easy Fingerstyle with TAB

Silent Night is a poem that was written in 1816 by an Austrian priest called Joseph Mohr On Christmas Eve in 1818 in the small alpine village called Oberndorf.

Silent Night for Ukulele: Easy Fingerstyle with TAB

It is reputed that the organ at St. Nicholas Church had broken. Joseph Mohr gave the poem of Silent Night to his friend Franz Xavier Gruber and the melody for Silent Night was composed with this in mind.

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Silent Night  - Easy Fingerstyle

The music to Silent Night was originally intended for a guitar and the simple score was finished in time for Midnight Mass.

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Silent Night for Ukulele: Easy Finger-Style with TAB

About right hand technique for fingerstyle playing

There are two ways to approach right hand technique, you could do a Bluegrass Style right hand technique or a Classical Style

What's the difference?

In bluegrass music a banjo player - banjo is very similar to the ukulele - would use their thumb and two fingers. In classical music a classical guitarist - ukulele is also somewhat similar to a classical guitar - would use their thumb and three fingers.

As you might guess - the bluegrass right hand technique is the easiest of the two and most commonly used.

Classical style is rarely used but it dose have it's place depending on the arrangement.

We'll use a bluegrass right hand technique for this song.

Basic bluegrass right hand technique 

With a basic bluegrass right hand technique, you'll use your index finger for the notes on the 2nd string, your middle finger for the notes on the 1st string and your thumb for the notes on the 3rd and 4th string

The fingers are indicated to as follows:

In music notation you will notice fingering indicated with the following letters, rather than first finger and second finger:

First finger or Index finger = i
Second finger or Middle finger = m
Thumb = p

Performance notes

For the first two measures use standard bluegrass right hand technique as follows:

First measure: p, m, p, i, repeat for the second measure

For measures three and four:

When a number of notes are on the same string alternate your i and m. Start with m, since it is the finger assigned to that string:

Third and fourth measures: m, i, m, i, m, p

Measures 9 and 10:

Alternate i and m throughout

When playing a number of single notes like this on the first string, and some of the notes continue on to the 2nd string continue to alternate i and m

Measure 11:

Use your thumb for the note on the 3rd string

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