These six familiar Yule carols amusingly contort the original tunes by various modal and metric means, yet leave the sources quite recognizable. They are presented in ascending order of challenge: Jingle Bell Waltz, Hollied Halls Deckayed, Good King What’s-His-Name, O Tannen Tree, Wes Hale, and Twelve Days of Christmas Rush. All six will be accessible to advanced novice or early intermediate players.
The Twelve Days of Christmas is great fun to sing at a holiday gathering, but minus the lyrics, it falls short as an instrumental arrangement. However, the present version is highly condensed, and while not covering twelve days, it does cycle through all twelve major keys of the Circle of Fifths!
These settings are primarily intended as entertaining holiday fare, but are equally useful for teaching. To this end, do try the Play Along recordings that are provided.
-- Anthony St. Pierre