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Christmas Songs for Classical Guitar

Christmas Songs for Classical Guitar composed by Joseph Castle. For Guitar (Classical). Saddle-stitched, Solos. Christmas. Beginning. Book. 32 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.93789).

ISBN 9780871660053. Christmas. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

Easy classical arrangements of well-known carols transposed to keys suitable for solo guitar. Original harmonizations are retained if possible, but chords are sometimes structured to sound full and complete on the guitar.

  • God Rest You Merry Gentlemen 
  • Away In A Manger  Performed by James R. Murray
  • Jingle Bells   Performed by John Pierpont
  • Angels We Have Heard On High 
  • Go Tell It On the Mountain 
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem  Performed by Louis H. Redner
  • The First Noel 
  • Silent Night  Performed by Franz Xaver Gruber
  • What Child Is This  Performed by John Henry Hopkins Jr.
  • Good King Wenceslas 
  • Joy To The World  Performed by George Frideric Handel
  • Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring  Performed by J.S. Bach, Arr: Joseph Castle
  • Cantique de Noel  Performed by Adolphe-Charles Adam
  • O Come All Ye Faithful  Performed by John F. Wade
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing  Performed by Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn
  • It Came Upon the Midnight Clear  Performed by Richard Storrs Willis
  • There's A Song In The Air  Performed by Karl P. Harrington
  • We Three Kings  Performed by John Henry Hopkins Jr.
  • As with Gladness Men of Old  Performed by W.H. Monk
  • Angels from the Realms of Glory  Performed by Henry Smart
  • Good Christian Men Rejoice 
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  • 5

    West Warwick, RI
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • November 30, 2010 Christmas Songs for Classical Guitar

    I found perhaps 1/3 of the arrangements enjoyable. There is a tendancy in all the pieces to sacrifice melody to chord progressions and oft times this falls flat; however there are a handful of pieces that work well in this format and are pleasing on winter evenings this time...

    of year (late Nov). As mentioned in one of the other reviews, the chord changes sometimes require large movement and can be ackward but as I only take this book out from early Nov until Christmas it makes for good exercise. The true plus of this book is the notation. It is standard with out tab as any music book should be.

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  • 2

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    Early intermediate
  • December 12, 2007 buy something else

    These arrangements are done poorly on the whole. The heavy tendency to have a chord change for every melody note makes it almost impossible to play legato, coupled with the fact that the chord changes themselves are awkward. The harmonic progressions are pretty weak as well.

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  • 4

    San Francisco, CA
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • May 21, 2003 Chaz's Review

    I really enjoyed this book. For nearly five dollars, it's a steal. I rated it as "early intermediate", but that might be overshooting a little bit. Most of these pieces are pretty easy, albeit a bit "chordy". A lot of them are a page long (with wide spacing). There...

    are a few (like Jesu, Joy of a Man's Desiring and Cantique de Noel, aka "Oh Holy Night") were a couple of pages. I'd definately recommend this book. It is great for beginners, but good enough to provide more intermediate and even advanced players with nice arrangements of christmas classics. These aren't super-solos or anything, but they make nice additions to a christmas-gift-cd to your relatives or to play around the christmas tree.

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