God Rest Ye Merrie Gentlemen PartB Tab - Intermediate Flatpicking Guitar
God Rest Ye Merrie Gentlemen PartB Tab, by Ultimate-Guitar-Online.Com, arrangement by Ultimate Guitar OnLine.com
- Part A Tab Tips
- God Rest Ye Merrie Gentlemen PartB Tab 1
- God Rest Ye Merrie Gentlemen PartB Tab 2
Last Christmas season, you were given a great arrangement of this song in fingerstyle format. This season we will delve into the flatpick guitar version of this Christmas melody. Dan Crary cut an incredible CD displaying his guitar abilities and if you are a flatpicking guitar playing you should be sure to pick this one up. It is my all-time favorite holiday guitar album.
Holiday Guitar: Dan Crary is one of the originals - He carved out new territory in flatpicking guitar along with the likes of Clarence White, Tony Rice and Norman Blake. Dan has a great guitar style that sounds extremely polished and it certainly makes sense to learn a few of his breaks to add to your repretoir.
Carol of The Bells; Christmas Waltz/Fum Fum Fum; Silver Bells; God Rest Ye Merrie Gentlemen; O Holy Night; Masters in the Hall; Christmas Blues A Comin; The Little Drummer Boy; Silent Night; What Child Is This; The Coventry Carol/Patapan; Oh Santa Baby.
This lesson is available in the following formats:
God Rest Ye Merrie Gentlemen PartA Tab - Guitar Pro File - Note: This is a free download for you! The file has all of the notation, TAB, left hand fingering, rhythm chords and more. Turn on RSE and you can enjoy listening to the song as if it was really being played! Amazing sound.
God Rest Ye Merrie Gentlemen Tab - PDF File - Note: This is a free download for you ! This will include the full tablature of the song, notation, rhythm tracks, fingering and lots more. Plus you can rearrange the song to suit your tastes and playing level. We also include the Tab Notes teaching system.
All of these files were authored in eMedia's Guitar-Pro. This is the favorite tab and notation authoring software for us here at Ultimate Guitar OnLine. It is filled with features and is simple to use - even without a manual. It is compatible with PC and Mac. We use it on the Mac here and it is a pleasure to use. To see a full review click HERE. Otherwise if you would like to try a free copy of it, you can download the demo HERE and use it for 15 days.
God Rest Ye Merrie Gentlemen PartB Tab: For the second acoustic guitar lesson for God Rest Ye Merrie Gentleman we are going to take the basic part A break and lower it one octave to make this a bass solo for the guitar. There have been some ornaments added with slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs that will bring a bit of challenge for you intermediate pickers out there.
Since the bass strings of most guitars tend to be louder than treble strings, pick this break with a little lighter touch of the flatpick. You can do this by not digging the pick into the string as deep and just play with the very tip of the pick. Also you may have some speed difficulties with this, just play it slowly and gradually bring it up to proper speed
If you are lucky enough to have the GuitarPro software, I have a special treat for you. In the GuitarPro file, I have added several tracks. A rhythm track, bass track and a mandolin track, so you can have an entire bluegrass backup band playing with you while to practice this one. Also with the .gpx file you can easily bring the tune up to speed by using the speed trainer and playing the break as a loop.
Notes on the lesson:
If you are not familiar with reading Guitar Tab, click HERE for a quick tutorial. If you are not familiar with reading notation click HERE for some online lesson material we have put together. There are a few more areas that you can brush up on to really get going on this song. I have summarized them below. Just click the links and you can go to that particular article.
Having problems with that flat pick? This article gives you lots of info on proper techniques - Right Hand Techniques.
Having trouble with the fingering? Take a look at Left Hand Techniques and get some help there.
If you desire help with your fingerstyle technique, visit our Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons section.
Memorize Your Ultimate Guitar Tab:
Make sure to memorize your songs. What is the easiest way to do this? Unless you have perfect pitch, you will have to learn one section or measure at a time. Once you can play flawlessly move on to the next measure and add it to what you have memorized. Continue this and make sure you can play the first half of the song, including the second ending.
Once you have the first half memorized, move on to the second half, doing the same thing with the second half of the song.