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Merry Christmas Songbook

Merry Christmas Songbook

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Published by: ivaylo on Dec 24, 2010
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hristmas is a special time
a time of rejoicing, of solemn thanksgiving, ogift
giving, of pleasures both modern andtraditional, of feasting and
beingtogether with family and friends.And Christmas is a time of special music. Whatbetter way to celebrate the birthday of Jesus than to join together and raise our voices in the specialsongs of Christmas
or to tune our musicalinstruments and play the timeless melodies thathave come to us over the years?That’s what
The Reader's Digest Merry Christmas
is all about, sharing with loved ones andfellow worshipers the joy of this most precious timeof the year. Here, within the covers of this book,
acollection of 
favorite songs and instrumentalsthat, year after year, will help to make the holidayseason even more memorable.Take a minute now to thumb through the book,and you’ll find most of your familiar favorites, aswell as many songs you’ve always wanted to learn toplay and sing. There are songs of every kind,specially selected to touch the heart of everymember of the family
from your favorite carols toclassic instrumentals, from novelties that will makethe children laugh to traditional favorites that willbring a tear to the eyes of their elders.Santa Claus is here,
course, as well as Rudolphthe Red
Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snow Man,King Wenceslas, the Three Kings, the little drummerboy and, most important, the Christ Child.This is a Christmas songbook that will remainopen long after the magic day has passed, for it alsocontains many popular winter songs and even somesongs to welcome in the New Year. There arepopular songs, modern carols that are well on theirway to becoming classics, folk songs and spirituals,plus an international selection of favorites, severalin the original language as well as in English.In addition to the outstanding selection of Christmas songs, this volume offers a number of other features. As with the five other Reader’sDigest music books, we have used the convenientspiral binding that enables the pages to lie flat whenthe book is open. We have taken special pains tomake most of the songs self 
contained on one pageor
facing pages to keep page
turning to aminimum. Another feature that gives the
Christmas Songbook 
its unique readability:Wherever
song has more than two stanzas,
faint tint runs through each alternate line,making it easy to keep your eyes on the properplace when singing. And on special tinted pagesat the beginning of each section, you willfind insightful annotations for the songs inthat section.Also, we have taken the usual care with thearrangements to make them easy to play and sing,yet truly professional
sounding and musicallyinteresting. For this, we have arranger andcomposer Dan Fox to thank. Dan is familiar tobuyers of The Reader’s Digest music books for hisarrangements for those books, as well as for morethan 200 other publications. He is a “serious”composer, too, and has scored
symphony, anopera, a cantata and many chamber works. Youll beable to detect his skillful hand throughout.Now, just
few words on how to use this book togain the greatest enjoyment. Except for the strictlyinstrumental numbers, every song features a vocalmelody line with piano or organ accompaniment.The melody line is easy to recognize because thestems of the notes go up, while on the harmonynotes, the stems go down. This same line can befollowed by any solo C
melody instrument,including violin, flute, recorder, oboe, accordionand harmonica.For guitarists, three systems of notation areprovided: chord names, simple diagrams and, of course, the melody line. Dan Fox himself 
a masterguitarist, which explains the smooth progressionsand expert voicings of these arrangements.Players of electronic organs (not the limitedby
numbers” chord models) will findappropriate pedal notations at the bottom of the
bass clef.
They’re the smaller notes,
with the stems
turned downward. These notes are
for organpedals; don’t try to play them on the piano.Accordionists should play the right hand aswritten and use the chord symbols as a guide for theleft
hand buttons. And bass players, whether stringor brass, can play the root note of each chordsymbol, except where another note is specified, as“G/D bass.”As you can see, this single musical volume canserve an entire instrumental ensemble, a soloist oran old
fashioned sing
along.Whatever your taste in music, whatever yourproficiency with a musical instrument, whether youlike to sing alone or sing along, you will find much inthis volume that is rewarding. We hopeit gives you asmuch joy at this holiday season
and for manyyears to come
as it gave us in putting
Merry Christmas!

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