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It's Christmas Eve and I've just returned home from our church service. I love singing Christmas songs and this one is so pretty to play on the piano with lots of arpeggio chords in the right hand. It's written in 6/8 time, played in the Key of C. You've heard so many talented folks sing this one.
O Holy Night
Intro: C C F C O holy night, the stars are brightly shining C G C It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth C F C Long lay the world in sin and error pining F#˚/C Em B7 Em 'Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth G C A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices G C For yonder breaks, a new and glorious morn Am Em Dm Am Fall on your knees, oh hear the angel voices C G C F O night divine C G C O night when Christ was born G G7 C F D˚ C G C O night, divine, O night when Christ was born Verse 2: Led by the light of faith serenely beaming With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming Here came the wise men from Orient land The King of Kings, lay thus in lowly manger In all our trials born to be our friend He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger Behold, your king Before Him lowly bend Behold, your king before Him lowly bend Verse 3: Truly He taught us to love one another His law is love, and His gospel is peace Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother And in His name all oppression shall cease Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we Let all within us praise His holy name Christ is the Lord, O praise His name forever His power and glory ever more proclaim
The right hand has single eighth notes to play. Here's a pattern to follow when playing single bass notes in the left hand: (no particular order)
L.H. / R.H.
C = C/ E, C, G - G, G, C
F = F/ F, C, A - A, A, C
G = G/ D, B, G - G, G, B
F˚/C = C/F#, A, C
Em = E/G, G, B - E, G, B
B7 = B/F#, A, B - D#, A, B
Em = E/E, B, G - G, G, B
Am = A/E, C, A - A, A, C
Dm = D/F, D, A - A, A, D
G7 = G/D, G, B - F, G, B
D˚ = D/F, Ab, B
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!
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