The Christmas Song
This is a song I enjoy very much. It’s jazzy and jolly, and playing this melody is a nice workout for the fingers. It’s also a good song for studying chords and how the melody follows the chords.
This started out as a practice tune for myself, and it was fun (and good practice) to record a video of myself playing it. What followed, is that I received so many requests for tablature and backing track. Consequently, I’ve now created a download product for you, which contains the following:
- Cropped video of the fretboard
- Slow motion video
- Backing track
- Performance track
- Tablature and Guitar Pro files of chords & melody
This lesson is not a full instructional video. It is a performance video, with accompanying lesson files. The difficulty level is Intermediate, and you may find it’s harder than you think to play it with good timing. I certainly recommend spending time listening to this song a lot, and getting used to the phrasing of the melody. Better yet – play around with the phrasing and play it with your own style and interpretation! Melodies can be played with variation in phrasing – that’s what makes it unique and fun.
Jingle Bells Blues!
The classic Jingle Bells tune! This one is a lot of fun to play for Beginners, Intermediate AND Advanced players. In this lesson, you will:
- Learn the rhythm guitar for the whole song
- Learn the melody for verse and chorus
- Learn a ripping solo – 10 sweet licks you can reuse in any blues!
- Learn how to combine Major and Minor Pentatonic the way really skilled players do it
What can this lesson do for you?
If you are a beginner, you have lots to work with there. This lesson will show you how to play rhythm guitar to song you already know, which makes it easier. As a result, you will become more proficient in switching between chords. This is not a blues tune, but I have arranged it for so it’s using the same chords as a regular blues tune. However, the chord progression is completely different, so you’ll be doing something familiar in a new setting.
The melody is of intermediate difficulty. Getting proficient in playing both verse and chorus may take a little while, but doing so will improve your timing and technique. You’ll get better at double-stops, as well as single-note playing. It’s actually trickier than it sounds, but I teach you all about muting in this lesson, so you’ll be doing just great.
For the more advanced player, the solo starts out easy and tasty, but quickly gets into some tasty chord tone licks and some fast hammer-ons and bends. This makes the solo a bit of a challenge to execute cleanly, but it’s definitely doable! Working on this solo will improve your lead playing skills. This is not a “cold, static” solo – this is the real thing! This is how I play.
What’s in the lesson?
The lesson comes with Video, TAB, Guitar Pro 6 (optional to use) and 3 backing tracks. I encourage you to take the backing tracks and record yourself, and post on youtube! Feel free to use my backing tracks for that!
There’s a BONUS
I have also included a 20 minute lesson on combining Major and Minor Pentatonic scales. If have ever wondered how to do this without having to slide that same old Box 1 up and down the neck, this lesson will have you go “ah, so that’s how it’s done”. I teach you the secret behind going between minor and major – while staying in the same spot on the neck! This is a much more useful and “professional” way of using this concept. I say “professional”, because that’s how we do it – knowing your fretboard means you don’t have to slide shapes up and down. In other words – this lesson will help you learn the fretboard better – you focus on the sound of the scale and learn new finger patterns in one area of the neck. Very, very useful for players who want to improve their lead guitar playing.
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Jingle Bells? Yes!!! Because you know the tune, and you know the melody, you are already farther along in this course than you expect. Familiarity with a melody makes this an ear training course as well as a blues rock based rhythm and solo lesson. Working through this material will demonstrate how much you know intuitively and make the connections to the guitar.
And, the lesson video is excellent, showing both guitars, breaking the parts into quickly accessed sections that give the student just what is needed to move on and master this song.
Robert’s solo is fun, as usual with a good helping of hot riffs for a cool Christmas song, and… there’s an open section for you to try your own chops over the rhythm games.
Robert always has several layers of learning in his lessons that he builds into the exercise, giving the student more skill and knowledge per song than is readily evident. This package is one of those presents that keeps giving and giving.
Everyone needs to know at least one Xmas song for the season. This lesson not only delivers on that note but also includes techniques that will up your blues game as a bonus. Don't miss out on this deal. Two for the price of one. It's a no-brainer!