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    Hi all also playing "Joy to the world". Such fun. Trying to work in tiny tremolo or two and also some droning!
    Have fun and happy holiday playing all!

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    @mlinkins: Well done for finding a mandolinist girlfriend! Very nice music.

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    When I was a child I took several years of piano lessons; even after I stopped, it was Christmas tradition anytime I spent Christmas at my parents' house for me to sit down at the piano and plunk out what tunes I could by ear. I did't have the money (or much desire) to travel back to my home state for the holidays this year, so no piano carols for me, but I realized a couple of nights ago that I'm much more competent with a mandolin now than I've ever been before, so I thought maybe I'd noodle around and try to work out a few tunes. It was great! In the past few days I've figured out simple melodies for "Silent Night", "The First Noel", "O Come, O Come Emmanuel", and others, and have tried to figure out a bit more complex version of "What Child is This" (a personal favourite). It's been a lot of fun to rediscover that tradition of making music around the holidays (and to realize that I'm better at playing by ear than I was a year ago).

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    Well, my Holidays started off playing a few christmas tunes, but they've tuned into a few Irish tunes that I've memorized and am now playing

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    Have just played through the North Shetland tune "Christmas Day I'da Morning" to celebrate the passing of midnight.

    Happy Christmas and New Year to you and your family Pasha and let's hope we get to play some tunes together sometime in the future!

    Richard

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    It’s early, the snow’s just arrived here.
    Not long now, happy holidays, guys!!

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    I always include Halloween as a Holiday,so playing the Theme fromThe Addams family gets me in the mood.

    Later on I like to play my heavily tremoloed version of "Silver Bells" on mandolin.

    Pick on mandophilics!

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    'Deck The Halls' is the only thing that I have ever really worked on:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqlI-PEhx48


    'Linus & Lucy' (The Charlie Brown theme) isn't really a Christmas song, but it gets lots of play this time of year - and I have taken a crack at that one too:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwBGy1AQHaU

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    Whatever happened to the OP, Pasha Alden? I always thought that was the coolest name I ever heard.

    Music is a big part of our Christmas. My wife and sis-in-law and I will go play carols in some local retirement homes. No mandolin, unfortunately, because the guitar just works better for singalongs.
    “Don't suck the fun out of your hobby by making it results-based." -Ryan Holiday via The Art of Manliness podcast.

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    "What Child is This/Greensleeves". Sounds great on any instrument, but truly awesome on the Martin C or the Nyberg Mandola.

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    We always do a rendition of the reel Christmas Eve at any session in December.
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    I just bought several new (to me) Christmas books to start working on for this year. I had some easy mandolin Christmas books before, these are a bit more difficult. Different music, hopefully not too hard for me. Actually nothing is too hard, just takes more work to get it correct!

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    My wife is a great piano player, so this is her season.

    We have a tradition on Thanksgiving and Christmas. It's not really an official holiday until my wife and her aunt sing "Fat Bottom Girls" near the end of the evening. \

    M&M

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    https://pghardy.net/concertina/tuneb...s_tunebook.pdf

    -though it would be nice to find a book of Christmas carols with TAB for mandolin.

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