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Download The Reader's Digest Merry Christmas Songbook epub

by William L. Simon,Dan Fox

Compiles more than one hundred carols, spirituals, popular Christmas hits, folk songs, and holiday tunes from around the world
Download The Reader's Digest Merry Christmas Songbook epub
ISBN: 0895771055
ISBN13: 978-0895771056
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Music
Author: William L. Simon,Dan Fox
Language: English
Publisher: The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.; 1st edition (November 1, 1981)
ePUB size: 1445 kb
FB2 size: 1326 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 975
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Arrived very quickly, in good condition as described.

Pleased to have this book for my own, finally. Had many, many years of piano as a kid, but it's been a while since I've tried to play. These arrangements are often simple enough for me to sight-read, but they still sound really good. I have the Christmas Music for Dummies book as well, and those arrangements are a little awkward in places (to my ear) and just a few notches more difficult. Maybe I just find the RD Merry Christmas Songbook more intuitive? And the spiral-bound option is just the best. I hate struggling with standard book spines when I'm playing!
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I bought this book after hearing someone play from it at a Christmas party. It was that family's favorite songbook. The pieces are interesting and fun to play and just right for an intermediate level player. Very glad I got this book! The spiral binding is helpful, though so full of songs that it doesn't turn very easily! Anyway, lovely versions of so many favorite songs.
I had a lot of good Christmas memories growing up with this book my mother had for us to practice from gathering around the piano to sing or to take to parties or gatherings and sing-a-longs. I was elated to find this nearly untouched version for sale from an early printing with same cover and all. East to play songs really capture the feel of the songs and make one sound professional. You can ad lib more notes in or just stick to what is written in the case of others being around or playing them at only one time each year where nerves or lack of practice makes one nervous - the simplicity of the music really helps here yet makes you sound great. Good times I can take forward and pass down in my own family now.
I had wanted this music book for some time and found it at a very reasonable price at this site. Although used, it was like brand new, with only a slight mar on one of the corners of the hardback cover. The pages inside are pristine. Shipping was free with Amazon Prime...another bonus! The book itself is jam packed with many different styles of music...old traditional carols to standard popular Christmas tunes. At the start of each section there is a page that gives the background of several pieces in that section of the book. If you own and like any other of the Reader's Digest songbooks, you will like this one also. I am not an accomplished pianist, but the arrangements allow me to play with much enjoyment. And even though this is a Christmas songbook, I will enjoy playing from it year-round.
When I left teaching in college I gave my music library to a seminary student. The Readers Digest library of songs was a part of that gift. I as planning a Christmas Carol sing along at my home. The Merry Christmas Songbook had many of the dongs I needed. Fortunately, was my source for locating the book.
Has a lot of a lot of Christmas songs! LOL
I happen to own all of Reader's Digest music books and use them all the time.
The arrangements are not for the beginner nor older beginner but for those who can play and enjoy learning more and being challenged. I find them all to be well written. Saying that, I don't want to make anyone feel afraid to buy this book or any of them for that matter. Just know that the music in not constructed in a simplified manner but in a mature and lovely arrangements. I love it.
One of my favorite Christmas songbooks of all time. There are 110 Christmas standards that are arranged in an easy to understand format. Written for Piano, Guitar, Organ. Except for the strictly instrumental numbers, every song features a vocal melody line with piano or organ accompaniment. This melody line is easy to recognize because the stems of the notes go up, while on the harmony notes, the stems go down. This same line can be followed by any solo C-melody instrument, including violin, flute, recorder, oboe, accordian and harmonica. I thought the way that they used highlighting in songs that have more than two verses (every other verse is in a highlighted color) to be very helpful in following along with the words as you sing along. The songbook has 10 sections. They are: #1 - Our Best-Loved Carols. #2 - Popular Christmas Hits. #3 - For Children at Christmastime. #4 - Christmas Is A Winter Festival. #5 - Modern Carols. #6 - Favorite Carols of Yesterday and Today. #7 - Christmas Around the World. #8 - Christmas Folk Songs and Spirituals. #9 - Christmas Classics and Instrumental Favorites. #10 - Ring Out The Old! Ring In The New Year! At the beginning of each section there are pages devoted to the "Story Behind the Song". This takes a short look at the history behind the song, the singers and/or songwriters who made each song what it is. Lots of great trivia in the stories. For those who are wondering if they should buy the newer version with the CD or the older printings of the book without the CD. I can tell you that there is only one song from the old version that is not in the newer printings, otherwise the song list is identical. If you can purchase a copy that includes the lyric booklet, that's a bonus since many have been lost by former owners.
Received in time to enjoy during the holidays. In good condition and shipped promptly. This book replaced my original destroyed in a water incident. Love this collection of sacred and secular Christmas songs. The arrangements are simple enough to be sight-read by a non-professional pianist but complex enough to be enjoyable to listen to.