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    Here's a book of Christmas music in standard notation and mandolin tab. Download and enjoy!
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    Thanks Michael. Very timely. Just what is needed for the retirement home circuit :-)
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    Thank you for doing this. And in two keys, too! Just last week I asked the owner of the Italian restaurant whether he would like me to work up some Christmas songs Italian-style to add to my weekly gig there. His approval gave me tacit insight into my job security there. I know half of these and plenty others besides, but there are some here new to me that look very nice. Looking forward to learning!
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    Thanx Michael!

    I've been playing 3 hours of Christmas music at a Salvation Army kettle and need more tunes. I've been figuring out tunes on the spot just because I need as much material as possible to fill time, or I end up doing the same carols over & over.

    This is perfect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandolin Mick View Post
    I end up doing the same carols over & over.
    I'm sure all our spouses are quite thankful as well!

    This is awesome, thanks Michael.

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    You couldn't be more right! My wife sat next to me last night when I played and was helping me think of new carols!

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    Really good of you to do this!
    Many thanks.
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    Thanks for sharing Michael. I know how I'm going to spend my afternoon!
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    THANKS!! And just in time!
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    What a wonderful early Christmas present! Can't wait to start practising, if work will ever allow it ...

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    Thanks so much for the great tabs will enjoy them very much
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    Thank You, much appreciated

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    Thanks Michael

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    I used to play It Came Upon the Midnight Clear in C, but I like yours in G better. Better tone on the D string! Thanx!

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    Oh Come Thou Long Expected Jesus is an Advent hymn, so you can play that one even before the 25th.
    Thanks for sharing this great resource.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Bailey View Post
    Oh Come Thou Long Expected Jesus is an Advent hymn, so you can play that one even before the 25th.
    Thanks for sharing this great resource.
    Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates is also an Advent hymn.

    I'm glad that folks are finding this little collection useful.
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    Thank's Michael, thank you very much
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    You're the best Michael... I may not be able to play them very well yet but certainly well enough to get me in the spirit! Happy holidays!

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    Thank you for this Christmas mando tab!

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    Thanks, Michael! Perhaps there is something Christmas-Eve-service worthy here? I am looking for something to play. Perhaps a medley; a few you've arranged appear to be in F....
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    Michael; thank for this great resource!
    The circles around some notes in the tabs indicates tremolo, right? I assume this because they are all either half or whole notes.
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    I think that just helps you know it is a half note or whole note (presence of line = half note) Kinda like the tails on the line indicate a eighth note. See Angels We Have Heard on High p 4. It has dotted quarter, quarter, eighth, half and whole notes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Pilgrim View Post
    Here's a book of Christmas music in standard notation and mandolin tab. Download and enjoy!
    Thank you! this is great, but I know someone said to play this in the key of g, but what is the other key and how do you find out what key when there are no chords up above...I am a newby to the mandolin...

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    Hey, ELSOL102 - You're welcome!

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    Hey, Mandoviol - In some traditions, the Christmas carols are not played before December 25. As Darren Bailey noted (post #15 above) "Come Thou Long Expected Jesus" is an Advent hymn, so if your service is "no carols yet", that one would work well. I have played late Christmas Eve services where we played Advent hymns until midnight and then the Christmas music begins!

    In this collection, the first (or only) key is the key in the United Methodist Hymnal (1989). If you're playing with a keyboard player and they have a hymnal, try the first key.

    +1 for the Lovecraft reference.

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    Hey, Ed & Jamie -

    The tab circles do indeed correspond to half notes (with stems) or whole notes (without stems). I prefer rhythmic notation in tab so I set up my Finale templates that way. Tremolo is optional - durations are not!

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    Hey, sparrowhawk -

    Here's a useful trick: most of the time the last note of the song is the key. The only song in this collection where this trick doesn't work is "The First Noel", which ends on the F# but is in the key of D. Here's another trick: at the beginning of each line of standard (the top line with the notes) after the treble clef sign (the squiggly thing), if there is one sharp (#) that's probably the key of G. Of course, it could be E minor...

    In this collection, these are in the key of G: Angels from the Realms of Glory (2nd version), Angels We Have Heard On High (2nd version), Away in a Manger (2nd version), Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (2nd version), Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (2nd version), Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, In the Bleak Midwinter (2nd version), It Came upon the Midnight Clear (2nd version), O Come, All Ye Faithful, O Little Town of Bethlehem (2nd version), Silent Night, Holy Night (2nd version).

    Not everyone agrees on the chords, so to keep peace and goodwill in the family I left them out.

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    Michael, This is a wonderful collection of GREAT tabs! I can not thank you enough! I've spent hours tonight enjoying these wonderful songs, and I expect to be playing them A LOT over the next few weeks. Man, these chestnuts sound GREAT on mandolin!

    Also, Jamie & Michael, thanks for the clarification on the meaning of the circled notes in the tab. Oh, and I'm finding that I most often want to use tremolo on the dotted quarter notes of most songs. (...Is there a reason for this?)

    Sparrowhawk, as Michael has pointed out, the marks after the treble clef indicate the key for that particular song. Here's the ones used in this great collection:
    bb (2 flats) = Bb (B flat)
    # (1 sharp) = G
    b (1 flat) = F
    ## (2 sharps) = D
    Also, the very last song in the collection (the second version of What Child Is This? [Greensleeves]) is in Am (A minor), the classic key for this tune, IMO).

    Michael, thanks again. What a great collection!
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