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O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM – Ukulele Chord/Melody arrangement from the 33 Song Christmas Chord/Melody eBook from Ukulele Mike Lynch

November 27, 2014


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Little Town of Bethlehem is a popular Christmas carol. The text was written by Phillips Brooks (1835–1893), an Episcopal priest, Rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia. He was inspired by visiting the Palestinian city of Bethlehem in 1865. Three years later, he wrote the poem for his church and his organist, Lewis Redner, added the music.
Below is an original hand manuscript of the poem
By Phillips Brooks


Watch my video tutorial of O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM

This seemed so natural as a Chord/Melody arrangement. . . For those of us who might not
wish to sing but allow the ukulele to “sing” the melody for us, then Chord/Melody playing is
just the ticket. Only the thumb is used . . No fingerpicking involved. Look at the short
clip below. Notice that in the third measure we have a series of chords that are all built…

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