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Joel Mabus Christmas Carols for Folk Guitar Workshop

When: December 1, 2018 - 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Venue : Elderly Instruments, 1100 North Washington, Lansing MI 48906

Joel Mabus Christmas Carols for Folk Guitar Workshop

Learn seasonal classics with Mid-Michigan's eclectic folk performer!

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018
1 - 2:30 pm
Location: Elderly Instruments
Cost: $40


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It is not a singalong or jam-along – Joel Mabus will teach you how to play, or accompany with chords, several of the classic Christmas-time songs for your own holiday music making. The holidays are a wonderful time to be making music! Open to all guitar players from “advanced beginner” to “enthusiastic intermediate” and beyond.


Ever notice how some old familiar Christmas Carols are way easier to sing than to accompany on guitar? What is that missing chord? What kind or rhythm is this? What are all those weird chords to “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire.” What key is “Lu-lay, Lu-Lay” in?


For this 90 minute workshop, Joel has chosen six Christmas songs with chords that can stump a guitar player, but which are also the classic songs most folks want to hear this time of year. He has arranged all the songs using guitar-friendly chord voicings that are also authentic to each song. Everything here will either be in the key of G or C. Coventry Carol is in Am.


Coventry Carol (Lu-lay, Lu-Lay)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
The Christmas Song (chestnuts roasting…)
White Christmas
Winter Wonderland (walking in a winter…)



● A handout for each song in songsheet format: lyrics printed with chord names above
● Chord diagrams supplied with the easiest, best-sounding versions of EVERY chord used in the workshop

This workshop will get you in shape and ready for the season. We will focus on the chords and appropriate picking/strum patterns to these familiar carols and seasonal songs.

Open to all guitar players from “advanced beginner” to “enthusiastic intermediate” and beyond. That means you know most of the major and minor chords (including F) and some sevenths, etc. You can keep up a steady strum or fingerpicking rhythm and you have more than a few songs under your belt. If that sounds like you, come join us! Recording devices welcome.


About Joel Mabus:


Joel has toured the major folk music venues all over North America, and has taught guitar classes at Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, California Coast Music Camp, Summersongs at Ashokan, University of Massachusetts Summer Acoustic Music Week, Folk College in PA, Augusta Heritage in WV, and was for many years the senior instructor for private lessons at Elderly Instruments.

In his long recording career, each of Joel’s many albums is a unique project, reflecting his varied interests and talents, including two well-received Christmas albums: How Like the Holly (1999) and A Parlor Guitar Christmas (2012).

Register for this class here!