Dec 8, 2017

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.

UPDATE (12/07/2023): These arrangements were created while putting together material for my "A Ukulele for Christmas: Fingerstyle Solos" book - the arrangements here are similar to the one that actually appears in the book.

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 with 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

Click on the image to see it up close - updated 4/24/2021

Click here to get the PDF (updated 4/24/2021): 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' and you especially like the chords in measure 13 of version 'II.' You can put together your version!


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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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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!

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Fingerstyle Ukulele: The First Noel - Two Arrangements

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