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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.

I love the sound of voices forming one single chord. My inspiration was various baroque choirs performing this and many other traditional English Christmas carols.

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Gear Used

For this piece, 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.

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

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The guitar tab for this arrangement is beautifully written across 2 pages. I recommend it 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. Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

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.

Coventry Carol – Evan Handyside (classical guitar)

Coventry Carol is played in standard tuning with a capo on the 2nd fret. Although, you can play it sans-capo, or in any fretboard position you’d like.

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