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Tips for playing "O, Holy Night": This can sound lovely fingerpicked, provided you're in a quiet environment and your guitar can be heard over the singers. Try the following pattern. The first note of the measure should play the root of the chord, which is sometimes on the 5th string:

|-------------------------| 1st string
|-------------X-----------|
|---------X-------X-------|
|-----X---------------X---|
|-------------------------|
|-X-----------------------| 6th string
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 +

If you're outside and your fingers are freezing, I recommend strumming, but be gentle with the unaccented strums, or it'll sound like a sea shanty. 🙂



O Holy Night

Traditional

 

Chord Guide

 

                    >

        B   D U D U D   D U D U

Strum:  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 +

 

Starting note: 

B (5th String, 2nd fret)

 

G (2)                         C                        G (2)

Oh holy night   the stars are brightly shining  

              G                 D7               G (2)

It is the night of our dear Savior's birth

G (2)                          C                  G (2)

Long lay the world in sin and error pining  'til he

      Bm                  F#7           Bm (2)

appeared and the soul felt its worth

 

       D7 (2)               G (2)

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices

       D7 (2)                 G (2)

For yonder breaks  a new and glorious morn

 

Chorus 1:

Em (2)             Bm (2)     Am (2)             Em (2)

Fall on your knees    oh hear the angel voices

      G      D7     Em   C        G      D7                          G (2)

Oh ni  -  ght  divi  -  ne, oh night     when Christ was born

       D7 (2)    G     C       G      D               G (2)

Oh night   divine      oh night     oh night divine

 

G (2)                           C              G (2)

Truly He taught us to love one another 

                G                  D7         G (2)

His law is love and His gospel is peace

    G (2)                                   C                G (2)

Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother

                 Bm              F#7             Bm (2)

And in His name all oppression shall cease

 

            D7 (2)                G (2)

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we

      D7 (2)            G (2)

Let all within us praise His holy name

 

Chorus

 

End on last measure of G


This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.