Lesson: Easy Greensleeves for Classical Guitar

This is a lesson from my eBook: Easy Classical Guitar Pieces- Volume One15 Easy Songs Ranging from Renaissance to Romantic. PDF Download with Notation & Notation + TAB Edition, Fingering, Online Video Lessons for Each Piece. Approximate Grade Level: Post-Method Book to Grade 3. YouTube Lesson Link

This is an easy anonymous lute arrangement (16th Century) From Trinity College, Dublin MS408/2 Bound with William Ballet’s Lute Book. I’ve arranged it for classical guitar but it transcribes directly over without alteration. Greensleeves is a traditional folk song and tune of England. A ballad, A Newe Northen Dittye of ye Ladye Greene Sleves was registered by Richard Jones at the London Stationer’s Company in September 1580, and the song is found in many 16th and 17th century sources, such as Ballet’s MS Lute Book. Christmas and New Year songs and lyrics have also been associated with this tune from as early as 1686, and by the 19th century many collections of Christmas carols included some version of words and music together. One of the most popular of these songs is What Child Is This?, written in 1865 by William Chatterton Dix.

 


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