Silent Night Challenge

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Silent Night Challenge

Its been a wonderful year at Classical Guitar Corner and this really is a great way to wrap it up. We have guitarists from all over the world who made an arrangement from the beautiful Silent Night melody. I hope you have fun listening to all of the creativity we have in our community.

Lastly I wanted to say a special thank you to Dave Belcher. Dave has become an integral part of CGC helping members with questions and staying on top of emails for the site.

Here’s to a great 2016 and looking forward to 2017! Happy holidays everyone.

Bruce Donehower, California, USA:
Dave Belcher, North Carolina, USA:
Mark Campbell, Virginia, USA:
Guy Amato, Nevada, USA:
Joan Cheung, Hong Kong, CHINA:

Etai Tintpulver, Toronto, CANADA:
Antonio Ivan Šangulin, CROATIA:
Changhee Lee, Nairobi, KENYA:
Jan Jakut, Washington, USA:
Clint Sand, Boston, USA:

Linda Tsardakas, Offenburg, GERMANY:
Myles Hewitt, London, UK:
Michael Clunn, Texas, USA:

Silent Night

The original challenge:

As the new year approaches we celebrate many holdays that bring us together. In an effort to bring our community together I would like to pose a little challenge! This is open to all subscribers of the newsletter and members of CGC.

At the bottom of this post I have written out the beautiful melody of Silent Night in three different keys (I have also added TAB and chords). Your challenge is to take this beloved melody and create your own version. It can be simple and short or complex and large, it is up to you. I provided three different keys so you can choose from them, but just pick one key for your arrangement. Whatever you decide to do, however, I would like you to be thoughful, creative, and make it your own.

When you are done with your arrangement film yourself and upload the video to youtube. The video can be either public or unlisted (but not private). Send through the link to your video to [email protected] with the subject “CGC Silent Night Submission”. Add your first name and where you are from in the body of the email and we will put it along with your video.

On December 24th I will publish all of the submissions on the site and we can all enjoy arrangements from around the world. This is not a competition, it is simply a nice way to explore the arranging process and share it with our peers. My one request is that you don’t settle for your first attempt. Work on the arrangement until it is complete. Then, through editing and experimentation see if you can improve on your first draft.

Here is a list of ideas to get you started, they go from simple to complex:

  • A single line melody with ornamentation, timbre variations, or repeats played in different positions
  • Add a bass line to accompany the melody
  • Add basic arpeggios to accompany the melody
  • Add some chromaticism to the chord progression or substiute the major chords for some more colorful chords such as a Major 7th.
  • Use thirds or sixths to fill out the melody
  • Add in some polyphony (other voices)
  • Write a theme and variations
  • Create a unique composition using the melody as a starting point for inspiration

Silent Night Melodies Download

2016-12-25T01:39:54+00:0018 Comments


  1. Gene Dunn November 28, 2016 at 12:20 am - Reply

    Nice idea. I’ll have fun playing with this.

  2. Dave November 28, 2016 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    TAB is wrong for the G maj version

    • Dave Belcher November 29, 2016 at 12:41 am - Reply

      Right you are! Thanks for the correction, Dave.


      Dave B (CGC team)

    • Simon December 3, 2016 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Dave. I have corrected this and uploaded the new version.


  3. RKordel December 25, 2016 at 3:20 am - Reply

    A delightful way to spend Christmas eve after wrapping the presents and pouring a nightcap. Thanks to all for these beautiful performances.

  4. Drew Burgess December 25, 2016 at 6:03 am - Reply

    Hi Everyone–Thank you for your marvelous interpretations. My wife and I have enjoyed each performer!

  5. Andrew Holland December 25, 2016 at 6:54 am - Reply

    Thank you for a great start to today – I listened to the first two early in the kitchen and will catch up later.

    I did enjoy playing this at homr here over the last few days.

    With all good wishes

  6. Lily December 25, 2016 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Wonderful to hear and see these. Some wonderful arrangements too.

  7. Bonnie December 25, 2016 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful treat on Christmas Day .. thank you all for sharing your creations :)

    Happy Holidays!

  8. Alonso December 26, 2016 at 1:55 am - Reply

    What a great idea! It would be great to see these more often. Merry Christmas!

  9. Victoria December 26, 2016 at 3:07 am - Reply

    What a great idea and what great videos! Have another challenge!!

  10. Bob December 26, 2016 at 6:27 am - Reply

    Thanks to all the fabulous performances. Wonderful to hear the different styles and interpretations. And a big thanks to Simon and Evita for keeping us inspired!

  11. Dawn C. December 26, 2016 at 9:30 am - Reply

    Wonderful! Thank you all for taking the time to do this…lovely to see so many different arrangements. I really wanted to take part, but time just ran away with me (and we were adopted by a husky…!). Hopefully next year :)

    Best wishes everyone!

  12. Roger Hyam December 26, 2016 at 10:44 am - Reply

    Really enjoyed this. Lovely idea. Was that a Virginian twang in Mark Campbell’s arrangement? Sounds like it from this side of the atlantic.

  13. Jan Mollitor December 26, 2016 at 11:52 am - Reply

    nice to listen to these different versions of silent night. Unfortunately I have forgotten to send a version on time. I felt sad and decided spontaneously to play a version from a Christmas guitar book that contains a lovely version of silent night. Here it is:

    Happy Holidays and best wishes

    • Dave Belcher December 26, 2016 at 11:30 pm - Reply

      Very nice, Jan! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas to you!


      Dave B (CGC team)

  14. Linda Tsardakas December 26, 2016 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    Yes, thank you for posting your recording. I enjoyed listening!
    Happy New Year!

  15. Mark Campbell December 27, 2016 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Thanks to everyone who participated for some very enjoyable holiday listening. I’m honored that the recording I had posted earlier in the student showcase forum was included, but please know that the arrangement belongs to Kevin Gallagher. I could never have done that myself! He’s an incredibly talented artist/musician and I love his arrangement. Happy New Year everyone!

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