In this free guitar lesson I demonstrate various ways of playing a fingerstyle chord melody guitar arrangement of the popular Christmas carol “Away in a Manger.” You have the option of fingerpicking or using a regular flat pick. I perform here on an acoustic guitar, but you can just as easily play the same thing on an electric guitar.
You can follow along with this lesson using my free Away in a Manger Guitar Tab.
The music centers on an open C major chord and uses notes and chords from the C major scale. I like to play it with a capo at the 5th fret in the key of F, but you can place a capo anywhere and play it in the key of your choice. To make it easier for you to follow along with the tab, I teach the song without the capo so that the notes and numbers match up exactly.
To learn about music theory for guitar including guitar scales, chords, progressions, modes and more, see my Fretboard Theory books and video courses.
I use a PRS SE Angelus acoustic/electric guitar. I plug into an Alesis MultiMix 8 and add reverb and delay from the mixer’s onboard effects.
Christmas Guitar Songs
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