The First Noel

for violin


Learn how to play the notes of "The First Noel" on violin for free using our animated scrolling tablature including sheet music and tab options for the easiest way to quickly learn the music. Enjoy playing along with 3 backing tracks which you can control with the track display. Use this tutorial with our tab to learn the song without having to read notes in sheet music.

Composed by: Traditional
Uploaded December 20, 2014
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Practice Notes

This Christmas Carol is in C major, so there will be low 2nd finger throughout on the D and A strings. Beginners sometimes have trouble playing low 2nd finger without also moving the 1st and or 3rd fingers lower too. Work on keeping 1 and 3 where they should go but moving 2nd finger from its normal position to the low position.
The bowing in this carol is a little challenging for beginners because much of the time the down bows are longer than the up bows. That means that you may find yourself drifting out to the tip of the bow and not able to hold the long down bows anymore or keep a good tone. You will need to play the longer down bows with a slower bow speed and the shorter up bows with a faster bow speed to make up for this.

Practice Exercise Suggestions

C Major Scale
Bow Speed Exercise
For the highest note of the song, you should use 4th finger instead of an open string. Develop your 4th finger strength with this exercise:
Fourth Finger Exercise

The First Noel Information

The lyrics of this carol tells the story of the Star of Bethlehem being seen by the shepherds and being followed by the Magi to the manger where Christ was born. It was first published in 1823 in a collection called Carols Ancient and Modern. It may have been written far earlier than that, but the composer can not be identified and is lost to history. English composer John Stainer has a popular version of the carol for four voices in his work Carols, New and Old, published in 1871.

Sheet Music Downloads

Violin Sheet Music:
The First Noel Sheet
Violin Tablature:
The First Noel Tab