Play the Holiday Tune "The Holly and the Ivy"
While many of the Christmas songs we now regard as holiday standards were composed within the last half century, â€śThe Holly and the Ivyâ€ť is an enduring classic of unknown origin dating back several hundred years. Its beautiful, succinct melody is a seasonal favorite among singers and instrumentalists alike.
In this excerpt from my solo guitar arrangement, the melody (a simple eight-bar strain) is stated in a straightforward, gentle fashion. With a melody this elegant, you donâ€™t want to cover up or obscure anything! The complete version includes several additional passes through the melody, a short introduction and outro, and brief chordal interludes between strains. Devices like these provide arrangers with a great way to add personal touches to songs without becoming repetitive or tampering with the core melody.
Excerpted from Holiday Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar