Jeff Wyatt | My Christmas Guitar

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My Christmas Guitar

by Jeff Wyatt

MY CHRISTMAS GUITAR is a contemporary approach to these Christmas favorites, with an obvious emphasis on guitar as the featured instrument. Electric and acoustic, finger-style and slide; the guitar playing styles vary, but the BLUES influence is evident.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Go Tell It On the Mountain (Instrumental)
4:08 $0.99
2. What Child Is This
3:37 $0.99
3. The First Noel
4:46 $0.99
4. Christmas Guitar Medley: Good King Wenceslas / Joy to the World / Jingle Bells / Silent Night
5:01 $0.99
5. Oh Holy Night
6:00 $0.99
6. Oh Christmas Tree
3:17 $0.99
7. Silent Night
4:23 $0.99
8. Auld Lang Syne
1:54 $0.99
9. Go Tell It On the Mountain
4:08 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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MY CHRISTMAS GUITAR is a contemporary approach to some popular Christmas favorites, with an obvious emphasis on guitar as the featured instrument. Electric and acoustic, finger-style and slide; the guitar playing styles vary, but the BLUES influence is evident. The works are all adaptations and arrangements of Christmas carols and songs from the Public Domain.

The album begins with an electric blues slide guitar instrumental version of John Wesley Work Jr’s GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN, along with upright bass and drums accompaniment. And once again the album concludes with a vocal arrangement of this same song. While WHAT CHILD IS THIS and AULD LANG SYNE are given a more traditional acoustic finger-style approach, and CHRISTMAS GUITAR MEDLEY maintains a ragtime blues acoustic finger style (somewhat similar to Big Bill Broozy), we hear more electric slide blues guitar (and even some vocal) in SILENT NIGHT.

OH CHRISTMAS TREE is what might happen when you combine open tuned electric blues guitar with classical piano. It might be the captured result of Ry Cooder and Wolfgang Mozart casually drinking a few friendly beers and jamming in the studio, while unknown to them the engineer had pressed “record”.

OH HOLY NIGHT (previously released by Jeff as a single for Christmas 2013) and THE FIRST NOEL have a different, but still bluesy electric feel due to Jeff’s use of a Fender Stratocaster, bringing to mind some of the ballad laden riffs of Jimi Hendrix and Mark Knopfler. Orchestral accompaniment adds a colorful backdrop to both of these tracks while the Stratocaster overlays it’s prominent brush strokes.

This, Jeff Wyatt's first Christmas album, is something he has been passionate about completing and releasing for 3 years. The initial idea for this project stemmed from his learning and arranging a list of guitar instrumental renditions of some old Christmas classics to perform at the elementary school his wife Janice Wyatt taught at for a 2011 Christmas concert. Wide-eyed, innocent kids performing for their proud parents; what is more heartwarming than that? Jeff performed his instrumental arrangements (while slipping in his vocal/guitar rendition of Greg Lake’s I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS) for the parents as they arrived and were being seated. And he continued to perform bits and pieces of instrumental Christmas carols as “filler” between the songs that were being performed by the various groups of kids.

Following that night, it seemed a shame to Jeff to simply pack away those long-practiced renditions in his brain, only to blow the dust off and try to remember them for subsequent Christmases. With that came an “aha” moment when he decided to record the guitar parts to accompanying click tracks while these arrangements were still all fresh in his head. At least that way he could come back and continue working on this project whenever time allowed. He started laying down the initial tracks back in January 2011, and while being pulled away on other projects (for himself and for others), he was able to come back and work on MY CHRISTMAS GUITAR whenever time allowed, adding accompanying instrumentation and finally completing production in October 2014,… in time for a Christmas 2014 release.

The album is dedicated to Jeff’s parents John and Marianne Wyatt, who bought him his first guitar from the Eaton’s Christmas catalogue for $5.00 back in 1958, when Jeff was just 3 years old. That entry level guitar was just plastic and not really tunable, but to him it was still a guitar. That’s what started it all,… and here we are over 50 years later…

1. Go Tell It On the Mountain (Instr)
(John Wesley Work Jr)
2. What Child is This
(William Chatterton Dix)
3. The First Noel
(Traditional Adaptation)
4. Christmas Guitar Medley
(Traditional Adaptation/Compilation)
5. Oh Holy Night
(Adolphe Adam)
6. Oh Christmas Tree
(August Zarnack, Ernst Gebhard Anschutz)
7. Silent Night
(Franz Gruber, Joseph Mohr)
8. Auld Lang Syne
(Robert Burns)
9. Go Tell It On the Mountain
(John Wesley Work Jr)

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