Learn to Play a Fingerstyle Arrangement of "Deck the Halls"
The famous melody of â€śDeck the Hallsâ€ť is taken from a Welsh New Yearâ€™s Eve carol titled â€śNos Galan,â€ť dating back to the 18th century. While some of the English lyrics may seem puzzlingâ€”â€śTroll the ancient yuletide carolâ€ť springs to mindâ€”this song is perfectly suited as an instrumental feature for solo guitar. (Troll, by the way, means â€śto sing loudlyâ€ť!)
I set my solo-guitar arrangement in standard tuning in the key of E major. The songâ€™s form is short and sweetâ€”AABA with each section just four measures long. In this excerpt (the opening â€śAABâ€ť from my first pass through the tune), the melody is set against open E and B strings, which create a Celtic-sounding drone. Let the melody and drone notes ring out and sustain for their full length.
Excerpted from Holiday Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar