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    I'm curious:
    What are some favorite Christmas and winter/holiday pieces, tunes and songs to play on mandolin and mando family instruments?

    I'm asking to get ideas for church, work and my own amazement.

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    Man, I like any of the standard Christmas hymns/carols because the melodies are so well known and generally easy to play. I also like the traditional tune Cold, Frosty Morning. That one was a tune of the month in Newbies group awhile back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesPreacher View Post
    I'm curious:
    What are some favorite Christmas and winter/holiday pieces, tunes and songs to play on mandolin and mando family instruments?

    I'm asking to get ideas for church, work and my own amazement.


    The Rocking Carol, aka The Shepherd's Rocking Carol.

    Can be found in Paul Hardy's Christmas tunebook.

    http://pghardy.net/concertina/tunebooks/#xmas

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    White Christmas (Chords are easy and it's great tremolo practice when you play the melody) and Blue Christmas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesPreacher View Post
    ... ideas for church, work and my own amazement.
    I like to take simple and familiar melodies as I mentioned in my first post, and figure them out, then try adding in doublestops or chords with the melody. It's a fun thing to do for your own amazement IMO. Here's an early one I did, December 2016. I haven't gone back to polish it up, but the fun was in figuring it out as a relative newbie on mandolin.



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    Here is one I did last year. I don't think it started out as a holiday piece but it felt like one to me.
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    We did this version of Joy to the World at our church staff meeting today... I hadn't heard of this group until the Band leader shared this YT link with me yesterday... great version IMO:

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    My favorite to play by far is Butch Baldassari's arrangement of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" off his Evergreen album and the Evergreen instruction book. The arrangement uses "double picking" (two notes picked for every one note of the tune) which sounds really cool. It's exciting to play and sounds unique and really great.

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    Play this one at your church; they need to hear it.



    the original LP version from 1974, Lyrics/sound are clearer on this


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    The Wexford Carol is a beautiful piece and a little out of the beaten path.
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    How about " Grand Ma got Ran Over by a Reindeer ?
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    I came across this and the few that I looked at were accurate.

    http://howardknight.net/mandolin/christmas-songs.html
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    Roland White has some real neat arrangements with video/tab on his website, and his Christmas carols book is also excellent. The doublestops are super.

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    they got a lotta nerve

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    My trio has put together a short list of Christmas songs to mix in with our regular swing and ragtime set. Songs, meaning we sing the lyrics, not just play the melodies.

    All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (from Meet Me In St. Louis) - we play it more up tempo than the version Judy sang
    Calypso Carol
    Jolly Old Saint Nicolaus
    Jingle Bell Rock
    I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
    Grandma's Killer Fruitcake
    Mary Had a Baby

    That is not all of the tunes, but ones that I recommend.
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