Learn to Play the Popular Christmas Hymn "O Come, All Ye Faithful"
â€śO Come, All Ye Faithfulâ€ť is a widely known hymn, with lyrics commonly sung in both English and Latin (and sometimes referred to by its Latin name, â€śAdeste Fidelesâ€ť). Its words and melody are commonly attributed to an 18th-century English hymnist named John Francis Wade.
This solo-guitar arrangement moves twice through the songâ€™s simple verse-chorus form, set in the key of E major. The first verse features contrapuntal motion with inner lines moving under the melody. While the majority of the chords in both verses are diatonic chords in E major, there are also several non-diatonic passing chords that offer additional color and texture to the melody.
Excerpted from Holiday Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar