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We Three Kings of Orient Are

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Em  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by Steelydan, updated: 12/11/2013
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Notes: A simplified tab of "We Three Kings", a classic traditional Christmas song written in 1857 and published in 1863. A haunting melody, in standard G tuning and played in the Key of E minor. The 1st pages of this tab is a basic melody key, and the 2nd page is my clawhammer interpretation in 3/4 time. I've substitued D7 for the D chord since it is easier to transition from E minor to D7. Basically, the E minor chord is fretted at the D strings fretted at 2, and to make the B chord, just slide the E minor chord down to the 4th fret, and back again to E minor at the 2nd fret. I've provided alternate D measures, but there's little difference between the abbreviated D chord and D7 chord, and the D7 is a lot easier. Linked to Beginner Clawhammer, Clawhammer Gospel and Christmas Corner (It fits all 3). Lyrics and history links provided.

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