Silent Night

I’m so enamoured with Gustavo Santaolalla’s guitar playing, that I try to channel his minimalist sensibility with the music I do. I really like this understated arrangement of Silent Night. Everything is in the right place.

Guitar doesn’t have to be complicated to be beautiful. In fact, I would argue that simplicity in music is virtuous, and we should all be striving to play less notes.

If you’re interested in Gustavo Santaolalla, I’ve created videos and guitar tabs for 60+ of his songs.

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How to play Silent Night by Evan Handyside

Silent Night is very easy to play. Although you can strum the chords with your thumb, I would encourage you to try the arpeggiated fingerstyle technique that I use (and that I stole from Gustavo Santaolalla).

The guitar tab for Silent Night is two pages long. You’ll play the ‘Verse’ section twice. On the second passage, you’ll skip the ‘Turn-Around’ and go straight to the ‘End’. All of this is obvious from my guitar tab.

Silent Night is played in standard tuning. Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

Silent Night: Minimalist guitar for beginners

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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.