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Just wondering if anybody started learning christmas music yet. I started 1 week ago. I'm learning have yourself a merry little christmas. It's single sheet music for voice and piano. It's a little hard for me but I am enjoying it probably because I have always loved this song. It will take quite a while to learn 5 pages counting cover. If I finish this not sure what christmas song to pick next I'll see.

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Good reminder, I want to learn one Christmas jingle this year! I like your choice too..hmmm..going hunting for a jingle to learn...if I can get through bach invention 13 today...that s my goal..to get it to 80 bpm..😭


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See the topic I just created for Christine Brown's Piano Music. She has a snippet of the pdf file for her scores on her website. Some of the Christmas songs look attainable for me, will have to wait till I get the book I ordered. I'll definitely have to decide and get to work soon.


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I started this week reviewing the Christmas music I've already learned, and started learning "I'll Be Home For Christmas", which I fiddled around with last year but never really got down. If I wait until December, I may not be ready for Christmas. LOL!


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My current piece is Pam Wedgwood's Jazz arrangement for Silent Night.

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Last year I started practicing my carols in mid-October and it was a mess. You should have started a month ago. wink

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I would love to play a few of my favorite Christmas songs--the real versions, but looks like I'll have to wait one more year. I'm sure I can find some easy pieces somewhere, but sometimes it's not the same.

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I will probably get my Christmas book out next week.

One of the things I love about these pieces is that I can really see and feel how much I have progressed through the year.
I have had the same book for 4-5 years and each year it is easier to read and play the pieces.

This year I hope to record Oh Holy Night.


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Originally Posted by casinitaly
I will probably get my Christmas book out next week.

One of the things I love about these pieces is that I can really see and feel how much I have progressed through the year.
I have had the same book for 4-5 years and each year it is easier to read and play the pieces.

This year I hope to record Oh Holy Night.

What book do you use?

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Bought a new book this year that I'm playing as well as refreshing some from previous years. I bought Phillip Keverin's book that mixes a Christmas carol with contemporary Christian. I've started on O Come all Ye Faithful/Here I am to Worship. Very enjoyable. Like you casinitaly, every year they seem less daunting. My hope is to have a couple that are up to tempo so someone could sing. We have our piano party at my house on Dec 19 so I need to get cracking.


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I have the dan Oates Christmas, but too advanced for me..so I am referring to my The Definitive Christmas Collection (127), Hal Leonard 3rd edition. I think I am ready now to learn a few Christmas jingles...🎹🌲🎄

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I've discovered that when people tell me they want me to play Christmas music they mean they want me to play carols out of the hymnal. So I practice some things just for myself and hedge my bets by spending more time on the carols in the hymnal starting about now. It seems to work out well.

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Yes, I started Christmas music this past week. This year I am working out of Melody Bober's Christmas Memories series. These books have arrangements for early intermediate to late intermediate students. There are many graded level options available.


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Just finishing up Halloween themed music.

I'll be starting to tackle 3-5 Nutcracker pieces starting next week as part of the lessons. I last tried some of the pieces 3 years ago, but they were definitely beyond me then.





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Just finishing up Halloween themed music.

I'll be starting to tackle 3-5 Nutcracker pieces starting next week as part of the lessons. I last tried some of the pieces 3 years ago, but they were definitely beyond me then.


I cannot wait to be able to play Nutcracker! Best wishes...it will be so awesome!

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Originally Posted by JazzyMac
Originally Posted by casinitaly
I will probably get my Christmas book out next week.

One of the things I love about these pieces is that I can really see and feel how much I have progressed through the year.
I have had the same book for 4-5 years and each year it is easier to read and play the pieces.

This year I hope to record Oh Holy Night.

What book do you use?


The Agay series "Joy of"... "Joy of Christmas"

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Joy-Christmas-Denes-Agay/dp/071190118X

When I first got it, I struggled just to read through the pieces slowly - now a good number of them sound quite musical. smile

I still can't manage to sing and play though... maybe next year!


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No singing along with me yet..ha. Yes, good luck with nutcracker...Isugar plum fairy piece is on my 2017 wish list, if teacher approves 🙄


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Yup I'm definitely on it!

I got the Christmas Encyclopedia book arranged by Tom Roed and it's really the best one I've found.

I'm planning to learn 5-8 of the pop songs like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Winter Wonderland, Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Rockin Around the Christmas Tree, Silent Night, Most Wonderful Time of the Year, etc and to make a compilation Christmas piano video for the family laugh

I love how most of the arrangements are short 2-4 pages, mostly 3 pages and the arrangements are intermediate but sound very good. Plus the book has a LOT of other religious christmas songs and many more I'm not familiar with.

Oh yea, since someone mentioned nutcracker, I'm also doing the Sugar Plum Fairy duet with a friend. I'd better get on that one since it's harder than I thought!

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I started last week. Christmas music never gets old to me!


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I will probably get my Christmas book out next week.

One of the things I love about these pieces is that I can really see and feel how much I have progressed through the year.
I have had the same book for 4-5 years and each year it is easier to read and play the pieces.

This year I hope to record Oh Holy Night.

What book do you use?


The Agay series "Joy of"... "Joy of Christmas"

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Joy-Christmas-Denes-Agay/dp/071190118X

When I first got it, I struggled just to read through the pieces slowly - now a good number of them sound quite musical. smile

I still can't manage to sing and play though... maybe next year!


I looked up that book. Thanks a lot for listing it. I want to play my faves, and a few classics. I can't wait to be able to play all of them from the heart. Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday!

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