The First Noel

I love Christmas and holiday music. For The First Noel I wanted to reimagine it in the vibe of Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah. I capoed the 5th fret as Buckley does, and I also added a few other parts — an intro and outro — to liven up the original piece.

The most captivating thing about Buckley’s Hallelujah; are the long extended guitar introduction and solo section. Everything is drenched in reverb, and very ethereal sounding.

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There’s only so much one can do with The First Noel, but I really like the way it turned out. It’s sounds great on acoustic guitar as well — even without a capo.

If you like this rendition you might also like my other holiday arrangements:

The Polar Express

Silent Night

and Greensleeves.

Gear Used

My guitar is an Eric Clapton Strat with MojoTone 58 Quiet Coil (noiseless) pickups. I’m plugged straight into a Vox AC10 amp with the volume turned down, and the reverb turned up. You can find a current list of my gear here.

How to play The First Noel for guitar

I’ll mention again, that you really don’t need an electric guitar to play this. It sounds great on acoustic guitar, even without a capo. It’s the perfect song for beginner and intermediate guitar players — as it’s fairly easy to play.

The guitar tab for The First Noel is only two pages long. My order of play, in accordance with the tab, looks like this: Intro, Verse 2x, Chorus, Post Chorus — Intro, Verse 2x, Chorus, Post Chorus, Intro.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below. The First Noel is played in standard tuning with a capo on the 5th fret:

The First Noel for guitar (Jeff Buckley vibe)

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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.