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Joy to the World: Chords and Fingerpicking

 

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Joy to the World (Christmas)

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The picking pattern for this song goes like this:

Step 1: Begin with a "triple pinch" of the bass note of the chord, along with the second and first strings. Use your thumb, index, and middle fingers. Then play the third string by itself, with your thumb. These two moves make up the "one and" portion of a measure of music in 4/4 time.

Step 2: Play the two highest strings together again, with your middle and index fingers. Then play the third string by itself, with your thumb. These two moves make up the "two and" portion of a measure of music in 4/4 time.

Step 3: Repeat step 1. These two moves make up the "three and" portion of a measure of music in 4/4 time.

Step 4. Repeat step 2. These two moves make up the "four and" portion of a measure of music in 4/4 time.

There are some measures in this song where you do not stay on one chord for the entire measure. ANY time you introduce a NEW chord, whether at the beginning of a measure or partway through a measure, use the technique in Step 1. In other words, begin each NEW chord with a "triple pinch" of the bass note of the chord, along with the second and first strings. Use your thumb, index, and middle fingers. Then play the third string by itself, with your thumb. Carry on with the steps from there, for as much time as you have remaining in the measure on that particular chord.

JOY TO THE WORLD

(G) Joy (D) to the (G) World, (C) the
(G) Lord (D) is (G) come, let
(C) Earth re-(D) -ceive her
(G) King (C) (G) Let
(G) Eve- (C)-ry (G) heart, pre-
(G)-pare (C) Him (G) room, and
(G) Heaven and nature (G) sing, and
(D) Heaven and nature (D) sing, and
(G) Heav- (C)-ven and (G) Heaven (C) and
(G )Nat- (D) -ture (G) sing