For the very first ACPG Christmas lesson, I thought I’d take a look at how to play a track from one of my favourite Christmas albums: The New Possibility: John Fahey’s Guitar Soli Christmas Album. The opening track, Joy To The World, is starkly beautiful and a definite antidote to the usual Christmas schmaltz. If you’ve had a little bit of experience playing fingerstyle guitar before it shouldn’t be too tricky to get to grips with. Check out the lesson here.
And if you’ve never come across Fahey before, I highly recommend checking out some of his other stuff. There’s lots of live footage on You Tube, and there was a great documentary – In Search Of Blind Joe Death – on BBC4 recently. Unfortunately I don’t think it’s still available to watch online, but you can probably track it down on DVD.