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When it comes to Christmas carols, Silent Night holds a particularly special place amongst the classics. This video course covers everything you need to get started or gain a fresh perspective on the tune: the lead sheet with accurate chords, a chord melody, a comping guide and a soloing guide. In fact, it's one of the only Christmas song I actually like playing throughout December!
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 starts with a completely rubato arrangement of the head in the lower register of the guitar, followed by a gorgeous reharmonization of the melody in a higher register along with a backing track.
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 "Silent Night" centres on common but lush-sounding chords. Rhythms are simple and revolve around an easy-going comping approach to playing in 3/4 time signature.
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!
For this solo, we offer you multiple approaches for playing through the changes: a "horizontal" approach (scales-based), and a "vertical" approach (arpeggios-based). Rather than writing a full solo this time, we're giving you some bare-bones ideas for how to solo, and then some examples on what that sounds like. Pick your favourite lines and go ham with them!
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 Silent Night 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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