Coventry Carol

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The “Coventry Carol” is an English Christmas carol dating from the 16th century. Loreena McKennitt’s version is my favorite and you can find my arrangement of her performance here.

My intention is to release a Christmas EP by the end of the month (maybe early December) and this arrangement of Coventry Carol will be on it. My inspiration was various baroque choirs performing this and many other traditional English Christmas carols.

I love the sound of voices forming one single chord. These singers are clearly performing in some type of large church or hall — so I added a large room reverb to get the depth for my solo guitar performance.

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Gear Used

For Coventry Carol, I used my Cordoba Gk Studio guitar. It’s a crystal clear and beautiful sounding guitar. You can find a list of my current gear here.

How to play Coventry Carol for classical guitar, by Evan Handyside

My version of Coventry Carol is recommended for intermediate guitar players and up. While I try to create with the minimum effective notes, I feel this is best suited for slightly experienced guitar players.

The guitar tab is two pages long and beautifully written. My order of play look like this in accordance with the guitar tab: Intro, Verse 1, Verse 2 — Intro, Verse 1, Verse 2.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

Coventry Carol is played in standard tuning with a capo on the 3rd fret. (My guitar happened to be tuned down a 1/2 step so you’ll notice mine is on the 4th fret.)

Coventry Carol – Evan Handyside (classical guitar)


Written by:

Matthew's dad, Jennifer's husband, bass player - New Invisible Joy, YouTuber, short-film composer, creator of modern content for guitar.