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Mel Bay Christmas Songs for 5-String Banjo Paperback – November 4, 2002
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The other songs in this book are:
Jolly Old St. Nick
Hark the Hearald Angles Sing
Deck the Halls
O Come All Ye Faithful
Angles Fron the Realms of Glory
O Christmas Tree
O Little Town of Bethleham
Go Tell it on the Mountain
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Good King Wenceslas
O Holy Night
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
What Child is This?
The book is organized well, with a melody only and scruggs style arrangement for each song, and a third arrangement for many of the songs as well.
The actual arrangements are well thought out and enjoyable, they are distinctly bluegrass and the melody is prominent and easy for a listener to identify.
I personally enjoyed the chord-only arrangement of "it came upon a midnight clear"; it's great for getting to know some additional chord positions past the 5th fret.
The best part of the book is each song fits on its own page, or on 2 facing pages. NO PAGE TURNING MID SONG!
I would say the songs are novice difficulty... not exactly beginner, but certainly easy enough if you put some repetition into the practice.
The CD is helpful to listen to especially for the songs based on triplets but not essential. Of course, you can listen to the full speed versions of the songs just for fun!
Thank you Janet!
There are no amazing licks or crazy compositions, but it does its job as a solid Christmas Banjo Book.