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God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

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God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen is an English traditional Christmas carol — also known as Tidings of Comfort and Joy. It is one of the oldest carols, dating back to the 16th century.

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen has got be my favorite of the Christmas carols. This performance will be on my Christmas EP slated for November. Inspired by Loreena McKennitt’s ethereal version — I applied Gustavo Santaolalla’s unceasing fingerstyle technique to capture a ghostly soundscape.

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Gear Used

For God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen I used my Cordoba GK Studio. My capo is a G7th Classical. You can find a current list of my gear here.

How to play God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Evan Handyside

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All the Santaolalla-esque fingerstyle is relentless, I would qualify this piece as easy to play. It’s just single notes without any difficult chord shapes.

The guitar tab is just two pages long, beautifully written, and very easy to read. My order of play, in accordance with the guitar tab is: Intro, Verse 2x, Chorus — Intro, Verse 2x, Chorus — Intro.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen is played in standard tuning with a capo on the 4th fret.

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen – Evan Handyside (Ambient, World guitar)

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