Christmas songs make great fingerpicking solos and here we have a set of easy ones, as long as you have a little experience with alternate bass picking, where your thumb plays two bass strings alternating on the quarter note beats while your fingers pick out the syncopated melody notes. This set includes Up On The Housetop and Jingle Bells in lessons from Neil , and Away In A Manger, Joy To The World and The First Noel done by Max Rich. There is also a bonus lesson in DADGAD tuning, I Saw Three Ships.
Lesson 1: Silent Night - Solo Fingerstyle Arrangement
Silent Night is generally played in the key of A Major and this solo arrangement uses that as a starting point to combine the melody with bass notes for the chords into a fairly easy lesson. It is in 3/4 time and uses a bass patter similar to What Child Is This where the 2nd and 3rd bass notes are the same.
Lesson 2: Up On The Housetop - Solo Fingerstyle Arrangement
This is a basic arrangement of the Christmas Classic.
Lesson 3: Away In A Manger - Solo Fingerstyle Arrangement by Max Rich
With Christmas time around the corner, what better excuse do you need to learn some great holiday fingerpicking classics?
This lesson will give you a run down of a simple arrangement for this tune that will have everyone singing together around the Christmas tree!
Lesson 4: The First Noel - Solo Fingerstyle Arrangement
Always reminiscent of Christmas and caroling, this holiday song is a perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. By arranging this tune in a way that is reminiscent of classical guitar playing, it will get your finger picking up to a level that you may not have thought possible.
Without being overly complicated, this lesson is a great way for any level player to take on a challenge that is sure to improve your playing in no time!
Lesson 5: Joy To The World - Solo Fingerstyle Arrangement
This common holiday classic lends itself perfectly to an acoustic finger picking arrangement. Based on simple open chords such as G and C this lesson will introduce you to playing chord melodies and a couple easy ways to fill in the gaps between chords.
If you’re looking for an easy holiday song to learn in a hurry, then this is the lesson for you!
Lesson 6: I Saw Three Ships in DADGAD - Solo Fingerstyle Arrangement
Here is another lesson based on an arrangement in Doug Young’s DADGAD Christmas Book. I Saw Three Ships is in 6/8 time and there is a segment with a thorough explanation of the time signature.
The lesson is also layered, starting with the bass and melody, then bringing in ways to vary the melody, add some chords, and even a bit on fingerstyle improvising in an altered tuning.