Saturday, November 2, 2013

O Holy Night, 3 and 2 part harmonies (for practice), Chords and Lyrics

This is probably my favorite Christmas song.  I heard it sung with guitar by 2 sisters - I think the Shipley? sisters (it was a LONG time ago) - at a church Christmas gathering when I was about 14 years old.  I was so impressed with their beauty and talent that I wanted to grow up and be just like them!  After I learned to play the guitar at around age 16, I figured out the cords.  Initially, I would sing it with my sisters and brothers while driving in the car (they were the ones that would always make up the harmony).  We sang it in the car with 2 part harmony, and I added in the third part later.  I love singing it with my daughters (though we are missing one in this clip).

Also, as almost always, remember that this is a Practice clip - just for learning, not for show.  Lots of kids and distractions!  I'm a very lucky grandma.

3 Part Harmony (Practice)

Low Harmony (1st verse/chorus only)

Low Harmony (2nd chorus only)

3rd Part (mostly high, skips around some).  All harmonies are there, but you can hear this part a little louder than the other. 
The 3rd part is in unison for the first two sections, and then breaks off to a 3rd part on, "Fall on you knees…", and then again in the second verse on, "Christ is our Lord….".  Listen carefully, you will hear me come in overdubbing on those sections. 

1st Chorus

2nd Chorus

Words and Cords

A                           D                         A                                           E                  A
O Holy Night, the stars are brightly shining,  It is the night of our dear Savior's birth

A                                  D                  A                         C#m                Ab              C#m
Long lay the world, in sin and error pinning, 'til He appeared and the soul felt his worth

     E                         A                                         E                      A            
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, while yonder waits a new and glorious morn

F#m             C#m           Bm                    F#m
Fall on your knees!  Oh hear, the angel's voices

       A  E      A   D       A     E                           A
Oh  night  divine,  Oh night,  when Christ was born

      E     E7     A D   A       E           A
Oh night,   O Ho-ly Night, O night divine

2nd verse

A                                D             A                                               E            A
Truly He taught us to love one another, His law is love and His gospel is peace

A                                            D             A                          C#m        Ab                      C#m
Chains shall He break for the slave our brother, and in His name all oppressions shall cease

           E                            A                                             E                   A            
Sweet hymns of praise in grateful chorus praise Thee, let all within us praise His holy name

F#m             C#m          Bm                    F#m
Christ is our Lord!  Oh praise His name forever

       A  E          A  D     A E                  A
His power and glo - ry ev - er more proclaim

       E       E7          A  D  A    E                        A
His power       and glo  -  ry,   ev - er more, proclaim

1 comment:

  1. This is just gorgeous! My favourite Christmas song. I love all the distractions and comings and goings of the children too!


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