Nov 25, 2017

Fingerstyle Ukulele: Play O Come, All Ye Faithful

It's time to start learning the old classics so you're ready for Christmas!

Check out the first installment of my new fingerstyle arrangements...

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UPDATE (11/17/2023): This arrangement was created while putting together material for my "A Ukulele for Christmas: Fingerstyle Solos" book - the arrangement here is somewhat similar to the one that actually appears in the book.

For a super easy fingerstyle song, and to learn about real basic fingerstyle technique check this out:

Silent Night - Easy Ukulele Fingerstyle

O come, All Ye Faithful

O Come, All Ye Faithful is the first of many fingerstyle arrangements I'll be posting - so stay tuned and subscribe so you don't miss anything!

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Performance notes

Use 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 exception to this would be if you play a chord on strings 2,3 and 4, you would then use your thumb for the first string, first finger for the third string and your second finger for the second string. You'll find such a chord in the last two measures. 

Playing the chords

The dyads* should be plucked, with your thumb and first finger, they are all on the 2nd and 3rd string.

You may choose to either pluck or strum the chords.

If the chord has three or more notes: You can strum the chords or pluck them using your thumb, first and second finger. 

If you pluck them, and it's a four note chord, don't play the note on the 4th string. This will make the chord a three  note chord you can easily pluck using three fingers. 

*A dyad is a pair of pitches sounding together (in other words, a two-note chord)

Measures 1 and 2

Hold down the chords

Measure 3

Left hand: Start with a bar with your third finger, then use fingers one and two for the next chord and fingers two and three for the last dyad to play the passage of thirds

Measure 5

hold down the note on the second fret until is played again

Measure 6 & measure 16

The the singe note on the 5th fret at the end of this measure could be played as an open note on the first string instead if you like. 

This can be done with that same note, the single note on the 5th fret, at the end of the 16th measure as well

Measure 7

let the open note on the second string ring for the whole measure

Measure 11

For both Dyads: Let the dyad ring as you play the open note after it

Measure 14

Let the Dyad ring as you play the open notes

Have fun!

Want more?

O Come, All Ye Faithful - Beautiful (and easy - more campanella and less chords than the one above) Solo from my book A Ukulele for Christmas - Fingerstyle Solos along with a lesson on how to play the piece, including how to play rolls and rests (Patreon members).

Check out my books... Click on the 'learn more' link for each of the books for free samples, complete descriptions, song listings etc...

A Ukulele for Christmas: Fingerstyle Solos

A Ukulele for Christmas: Fingerstyle Solos

Learn fingerstyle ukulele at the same time as you learn these beautiful solo pieces, each one a little more of a challenge than the last!

These arrangements are hauntingly beautiful, with many campanella passages, and majestic; steeped in rich harmonies.

They are carefully arranged and graduated; each song comes with a comprehensive lesson to help you perform it properly.

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Get just one song: O Little Town of Bethlehem from "A Ukulele for Christmas: Fingerstyle Solos" with extras! (this and other songs from the book are available FREE to patreon members).

Christmas Solos for the Ukulele

Christmas Solos for Ukulele

These arrangements are rich with lush chords and enchanting campanella passages taking full advantage of the ukuleles unique reentrant tuning...

As a special treat I introduce you to the wonderful world of JAZZ CHORD MELODY by spicing up some of the arrangements here with beautiful extended chords and amazing chord substitutions... I walk you through exactly how I do it so you can ‘jazz up’ other songs on your own!

Grab the eBook here (instant download): Christmas Solos for Ukulele - FREE to patreon members

Fingerstyle Ukulele: Play O Come, All Ye Faithful

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