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What Child Is This

The Tune

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What Child Is This > The Tune

I hope your year is winding down nicely and you’re enjoying the last couple of weeks in the company of friends and family. In the spirit of the season, this week we’re going to look at the classic Christmas tune, What Child Is This (a.k.a. Greensleeves). What Child is This is in 3/4 time and is mostly in E minor. In addition to having beautiful chords and melody it gives us an opportunity to apply the technique of simultaneous chords and melody that we’ve studied on a song like Wildwood Flower to a slightly more complex tune.

Happy Holidays!





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Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 What Child Is This Run-Through


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 1:39 Breakdown of What Child Is This

Loop 12:40 Closing Thoughts





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Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Dec 25, 2017

BTW - and probably not the best place to say this but since that has never stopped me before .... Saturday morning trying to ignore the frantic notion that there were things I needed to do and time was running out my wife yells from the living room, hey Kip isn't that ... and sure enough on TV ... The CBS This Morning Show ... Punch Brothers were performng a wonderful set that really put Christmas into perspective for me. Really great so thank you!

Merry Christmas!

jack Dec 24, 2017

Hello Chris, one more interesting  lesson,  like so many with you. A nice way to play melody and chords, as we did before, and as we can do with Red haired boy, Imho.

I only knew this song as Greensleeves until I heard it beautifully sung by the Judds, as a Christmas song.

Merry Christmas to you, dear over the ocean professor,


James Macklin
James Macklin Dec 22, 2017

Nice version. Thank you for playing the C#s and using the B7 chord. I've heard versions of this that stay full-on minor (natural, not dorian), including on the V chord and it's always bothered me. 

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Dec 23, 2017

Thanks James! I know, it’s no fun if you keep it all natural minor.

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