Traditional Carols the Easy Way, in two Keys. Ideal for schools
These Carols are arranged in two easy keys C and G major.
No key signatures have been used, and for arrangements in
the key of G, the F notes are individually
sharpened. Importance has been given to practical accompaniments
with easy left-hand positions. The "1 plus 2" note arrangements lead
to easy sight reading and playability by students, especially young pianists.
The "two note" left hand chords are designed to give maximum
harmony with the right hand, with only three notes. The accompaniments are also designed
to maintain a steady rhythm while maintaining harmonic interest
with the minimum of complexity. In pieces where there are suggestions
of diminished chords or passing notes, D sharp or C sharp, the sharps may be ignored without destroying
the harmony as long as the pianist remembers the F sharps !
It is advised that the student pianist practise the exercise
in the appendix, the "left hand pairs" are designed to introduce the left hand style. In pieces where there
are 4 crotchet pairs to the bar, for example "Angels from the
realms of glory", the second and fourth pairs can be omitted
without interrupting the rhythmic flow of the music.
For electronic keyboards, simple 4 crotchet beat rhythms
can be used, example 8 beat types at a tempo of 105, for example in "Little Angels". For pieces in
three crotchet beat time, for example "We wish you a Merry Christmas" or "We
Three Kings", a simple waltz time at a starting tempo of
100 will be effective.
More complex rhythms will tend to confuse and not help students.
For Guitar players the carols that are written in the key
of C major can be accompanied by the major chords of C,F,G.
Also any carols written in the key of G major
can be accompanied by the major chords of G,C,D.Those in the
key of G with have at least one F sharp. For guitar chords see the
appendix where there are also other useful chords.