October 19, 2015 at 3:06 am #26924
I just bought and downloaded the 3 Christmas Song bundle, and I wonder if there is a special reason, why ‘Rocking around the Christmas Tree’ comes with Chords, but the others don’t. I play Saxophone (mostly Tenor), but also the Guitar – that’s why I would like to have the Chords, too.
RainerOctober 19, 2015 at 4:47 pm #26977
I think I included the chords cause there’s a solo
But I have been including chords on all my new downloads now and will go back and add the
Unfortunately I’m touring right now and won’t be able to get those done for several weeks
JohnnyOctober 24, 2015 at 4:22 pm #27173
I set myself a challenge to learn some carols by ear and learned Santa Claus Is Coming to Town quite quickly playing in F. I’m pretty proud of that effort and surprised how I found the notes without too much effort. Different story with Feliz Navidad. Learning that before I buy your backing track JF but what a struggle. Will be interesting to finally see the sheet music and will definitely need that to master the solo. Anyway, listened to your video a thousand times and wondering if at the end of the first verse on second time through it would be “wrong” to end with an e, d rather than g, f. It sounds ok to me as it seems to finish the phrase off nicely. I plan to play this one publicly in December and in front of seasoned musos which is in part the reason for the question. I have found that the song notes stick in your head faster when I went through the process so maybe that’s a sign of how to learn a new song.October 26, 2015 at 6:30 am #27227
Those are 3rd’s so harmonically correct
Play it that way if it sounds good to you
I’d like to try it myself and give you my personal opinion but I’m at a crowded airport and don’t want to whip out my horn!
If I think of it later ill get back to youOctober 26, 2015 at 12:47 pm #27240
I think I meant the solo in Winter Wonderland not Feliz. It’s a nice sounding solo that’s not too complicated. Is that your own or part of the original tune?…and I’m sure the crowds wouldn’t mind if they got a surprise performance in the airport. Acoustics would be good!October 28, 2015 at 2:30 pm #27313
I just tried playing that as you suggest and playing the e d instead of g f leaves the melody hanging without a strong enough resolve to my ears at least
So I wouldn’t do it in the melody but it’s harmonically correct so could use it in the soloDecember 13, 2015 at 10:48 am #28980
Wish I could get a copy of “Silver Bells” but don’t have a credit card to purchase it. That is one of my favorite Christmas songs and I really enjoy your version of it. I’ve figured out “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “Little Drummer Boy” maybe have to figure out “Silver Bells” as well!
December 13, 2015 at 11:10 am #28982
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Good luck working out Silver Bells as it modulates from an easy key of F to F# in Johnny’s tenor version which is harder to get your fingers around. Maybe JF could rate his songs easy to advanced and list the key it is in just as a guide before we buy. Too late for this year but perhaps he might republish in E to F next year if we ask nice. Then again, I might be fluent in F# in 6 months!December 13, 2015 at 11:12 am #28983
Got the section in F figured out now have to figure out the F# section!December 13, 2015 at 12:32 pm #28988
Figured it all out after taking a break and coming back to it!
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