UD #99 Chord Melody: I’ll Be Home for Christmas

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UD#99 Chord Melody: I’ll Be Home for Christmas
from Ukulele in the Dark with Guido Heistek


The first thing I do before I make a chord melody arrangement is learn the chords and melody of the song. So, here is a simple song sheet for “I’ll be Home for Christmas.” You can strum the chords and sing it, or you can pick the melody. Click the image for a printable version:

If you are unfamiliar with chord melody you might want to check out this earlier article:

https://ukuleleinthedark.com/ud-68-how-chord-melody-works/

When we create a chord melody arrangement it’s often necessary to use different chord shapes from the ones that we usually use for strumming. This is because the melody is sometimes higher up the neck, so we have to use a version of the chord that is nearby. A good example of this occurs in bar 15 of “I’ll Be Home Home for Christmas”. The melody note is on the 5th fret of the A string. 

It would be really hard to play this note and the open F chord at the same time. What a stretch!

But there is an inversion of the F chord that is right in the neighbourhood!

When we put the chord and melody together it looks like this:

Cool eh?

I made a little work sheet for the whole song, showing how I put the chords and melody together. If you are interested in creating your own arrangements this could be fun to check out. Also, it’s a great way to get the shapes in the chord melody arrangement under your fingers before you tackle the piece.

Here is the first page of the worksheet. You can click to get the full printable version:


Okay let’s look at the chord melody arrangement!

Here is a video of me playing it:

And here is the song sheet!

Click the image for the full printable version.

That’s all for today!

Thanks to Dino for suggesting this song.

Thanks for everyone who tuned in for these lessons in 2020 and over the years.

Guido


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