Carol of the Bells

Below is the lesson for ‘Carol of the Bells’.

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This arrangement uses double stops, strategically placed chords, and movement to create a memorable performance of a classic Christmas song. A double stop refers to playing two notes simultaneously. This is best demonstrated in Theme 1 and the first half of Theme 2.

The second half of Theme 2 introduces chords. A chord is typically defined as having three or more notes. When we introduce more notes into the equation, the result is that our ear hears more color, as well as, the overall sound is bigger. In Theme 3, we introduce movement. The melody descends in the first half, while it ascends in the second half.

So what does all this mean? Simply put, this arrangement flows and develops in the same regard that a well told story does. Every story needs a beginning, middle, and ending. This arrangement follows suit by beginning with an intro that uses only single notes. It then develops the harmony with double stops and chords, before climaxing with a strong melodic movement. We then resolve by reversing the order heard in the beginning. The outro begins with double stops that turn into single notes.

Part 1 – Performance & Free Lesson

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