Christmas Solos Volume 2 picks up with another set of intermediate level fingerstyle arrangements: Winter Wonderland, Frosty The Snowman, Auld Lang Syne, What Child Is This, Angels We Have Heard On High and Deck The Halls.
Lesson 1: Frosty The Snowman - Solo Fingerstyle Arrangement
The instrumental arrangement of Frosty incorporates the melody into an alternating bass accompaniment to create a bouncy, upbeat toe-tapper. It is also in the key of A Major, like the strumming version, which makes this a good compliment to that one that can be brought in as a solo break when you are singing the campfire version.
Lesson 2: Angels We Have Heard On High - Solo Fingerstyle Arrangement
This is a ragtime arrangement of a Christmas classic that uses a Travis-style (alternating bass) accompaniment to the syncopated melody, done in a style similar to the way John Fahey played it as part of his Christmas series of albums, in the key of C Major.
Lesson 3: Auld Lang Syne - Solo Arrangement
This is a fairly basic arrangement of the traditional Scottish melody Auld Lang Syne. The lesson just works from a lead sheet (just the melody and chords) and leads you through creating your own arrangement. Some fingerpicking experience is needed.
Lesson 4: What Child Is This - Solo Fingerstyle Arrangement
This instrumental arrangement of the old English folk song Greensleeves is very basic and a good song for beginning guitar students. It is in 3/4 time, also known as waltz time, keeps a steady bass pattern, and is in the key of A Minor.
Lesson 5: Winter Wonderland - Solo Fingerstyle Arrangement
This is another John Fahey- inspired arrangement with ragtime leanings using the Travis-style accompaniment to create a fun instrumental. Like the campfire version, it is in the key of C Major and can be used as a solo break in the middle of the vocal version.
Lesson 6: Deck The Halls - Solo Guitar Arrangement
This arrangement of Deck The Halls, an old Welsh melody, started out to be a fairly basic fingerpicking tune. The first verse should be very playable for students who have with some alternate bass style skills.
There is also a variation, Verse 2, that will be a bit more challenging. But you should be able to find a middle point somewhere in your own comfort zone. You might also enjoy taking the extra challenge of 'The Hard Part', which includes some very fast changes.