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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Yes please! This video course covers everything you need to get started or gain a fresh perspective on one of the most famous Christmas ballads ever: "A Christmas Song". You'll get the lead sheet with accurate chords, a chord melody, a comping study and a single-note solo, and so much more!
Get a complete arrangement for solo guitar for this tune! Every chord melody in our Standards series is written with interesting themes and vocabulary in mind. Learn the arrangement, then arrange your own chord melodies on different tunes using similar techniques!
This tune's chord melody features a bass pedal point, and plenty of reharmonization to give us juicy opportunities for Christmas voice-leading.
You'll also get a comping (short for "accompaniment") study based off the chord progression for this tune. Each comping study centers around a specific theme, technique, or piece of comping vocabulary. Explore every possibility, and then take them into your own playing on other tunes!
The comping study for "A Christmas Song" focuses on ballad comping - doing our best to stay out of the way of a singer singing this dynamic melody at all times.
Want a real example of how to solo on this standard? We have a fully-transcribed single-note solo arrangement for each Standard tune centred on expanding upon a piece of jazz vocabulary or a transcription from a real jazz legend. Play the solo in full, then steal your favourite lines and assimilate them into your own improv vocabulary!
We've released a single-note solo that's chock-full of Christmas song quotes! From "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" to "Joy to the World", this solo is a real crowd-pleaser for lovers of Christmas carols!
Our Standards courses come jam-packed with material designed to help you learn tunes and their intricacies. All of the above comes with:
And remember: sheet music PDFs, XML files, and backing track audio files are downloadable for you to keep forever.
Whether you've been playing on "A Christmas Song" for a while and want to kick things into the next gear or if you're just starting to learn it, this course is the perfect place to practice on this timeless classic.
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