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    Hi all
    Last night I had such fun playing holiday music in preparation for our annual Christmas party at work. I played a medley of "Dona Nobis Parchem" and "Silent night" (the Latin for those not knowing, means "give us peace"
    I then played a way in a manger, come all ye faithful and played "It's Christmas the War is Over" and "Happy New Year" of Abba. It was such fun! What are you playing for the holidays?
    Such fun!

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    I've been working on "Have yourself a merry little Christmas"

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    My band are starting to rehearse The Pogues' "Fairytale of New York", lots of mandolin potential on that one!
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    Hi Vannilla!

    I hadn't really thought of doing anything but your post and pgb's answer has made me resolve to work on a piece... maybe a jazz interpretation of "Have yourself a merry little Christmas" as well!

    Hope you're well!

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    God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen sounds awesome on a mando. Give it a go.

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    Jingle Bell Breakdown by Red Craven and the Bray Brothers. Great mandolin breaks.

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    Got a solo gig for a christmas dinner party, Mostly instrumental background music during pre dinner drinks & visiting with a short after dinner "show". For the instrumental aspect I've worked up, Silent Night ( with lots of harmonics), Jingle bells, Carol of the Bells, My Favorite things and What Child is this. Will probably do "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem" sung over the House of the Rising Sun chord progression during the "Show"
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    At Richard: that sounds absolutely fabulously mandolerious! Go for it.
    Yes, I am great. Hope the same goes for you!
    Incidentally I have as part of my holiday music attempted a jazzy take on "Let it snow" Oh dear, it still needs work!

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    At Denny Jies That sounds great!

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    At Martin Stillian: absolutely fantastic, I dream of my bowl back mando and getting to that level!

    Happy playing!

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    At Jim That sound fantastic. Do I understand the rhythm of House of and chords and melody also and just lyrics of Oh little Town of Bethlehem over that?

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    Hi vannillamandolin -

    I'll be playing at a local Church's Country Christmas on December 8. We'll do all the standard Christmas Hymns.

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    I have several Christmas tune books, with ancient and more recent Christmas music. I don't get to liking a tune until it is at least a few years old.

    I thingk being to play Christmas tunes expressively is important because everyone listening is hearing the words and having nostalgic thoughts. I like my playing to evoke the words if I can.

    I favor tunes with long extended notes, so I can tremolo long and hard. "Angels We Have Heard on High" with that great "Gloria in excelsis Deo" chorus is one of my favorites to play. There is so much dynamic range in my resonator I can bring the audience right along.
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    I get to shake the dust off the 'Here Comes Santa Claus' rendition for another year.
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    Hi mandolinlee

    That sounds great! It is wonderful to be talking to my mandolin friends about holiday music after being on the café for a year and playing for exactly 11 months. So much has happened and the mandolin and the music has added such a rich dimension to my life and made me new friends. It is like standing on a luxurious rug in front of a fireplace, feeling safe and warm. In this case, warmed by the friendship and music.
    Happy playing holiday music!

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    At Jeff - it sounds great. Agreed. Holiday/Christmas music must be played expressively.

    I love the idea of learning old and new tunes anddifferent versions. Sometimes renditions can differ so much as musicians have their unique take on a song.

    Happy playing

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    At Coprolite
    Thanks for reminding us of that one!


    Happy playing!

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    Yes VM, that's singing "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem" to the tune of "House of the rising sun". And It's been a pleasure having you on the cafe this last year and watching your love of the instrument and music ( and it seems life in general) grow.
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    Does anyone have a few good Christmas tunes (music) that sound good on mando that you can share? Believe it or not, i have no Christmas books on hand.
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    I'm a trumpet player playing Handel's Messiah. I play 4 songs and sit for the rest. I now do air mandolin fingering during each solo. I hope it helps.

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    I play either carols from Allan Alexander's collection or these by member Michael Pilgrim.

    I'm partial to God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen jazz style like on Grisman's Christmas CD.

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    My son and I are working these two up by ear on guitar & mandolin
    Not there yet but shouldn't be too long once he gets his new guitar he'll put the time in .



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    Hello Jim Richmond - such kind words. Love your take on Oh Little Town of Bethlehem! Going to do that tonight!

    Stay well and happy playing!

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    Hi londy

    Believe it or not, I am playing only with pitch!
    Will look in what I do have!

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