Each and every year, I hold a holiday party where students learn to play Christmas tunes. They are assigned a song and together, work for weeks on playing the tunes. We held our party last week and each of the three groups did a wonderful job. They all had fun working together as well.
Christmas music, whether you are a big fan or not, is an excellent genre to practice in order to learn more on your instrument. First, most if not all musicians have heard these tunes throughout their lives. The familiarity makes it easier for the beginning student to pick out a melody line. Secondly, these are not simple songs to play. Unlike a I, IV V progression commonly found in blues, rock or country music, some Christmas tunes can have more complicated chord progressions. These different chord progressions are beneficial to students wanting to expand their knowledge and rhythm technique.
Let’s not forget that as you attend the holiday parties each year, one of these times, someone will ask a group of musicians to play a Christmas tune. Others will enjoy singing along to these tunes. So it helps to expand your repertoire and learn a couple of holiday tunes.
One of my favorite Christmas albums is by mandolin great David Grissman. Bela Fleck, Mike Marshall and others appear on this album as well. It was one of the first albums I could find that had Christmas arrangements for bluegrass instruments.
If you care to learn Christmas tunes, I offer an acoustic Christmas collection of tabs for guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle. You can learn more about this on my website of by going to my previous blog (click the tag Acoustic Christmas Music or go to this blog link: http://blogs.fretmentor.com/?p=959). Email me or leave a comment below on how to acquire these tabs.
Once again, have a happy, safe and musical Christmas holiday season.