- Sheet music and tab downloads are located below.
This carol uses half position a few times, so if you are using the scrolling tablature, keep an eye out for the position indications on the right of the screen. When in half position, a 1 is now where L1 would usually be, a 2 is now where a L2 would usually be, etc. Also watch the left side of the screen for the slurs. Those are the curved lines that connect some of the numbers together. When you see that, keep the bow going in one direction during the curved line.
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What Child is This Information
With lyrics written by William Chatterton Dix in 1865, the melody of What Child is This, is based on the English folk song, Greensleeves. It is recorded that Dix, at the time of the writing of the lyrics, was struck by a severe illness. During his recovery, he was inspired to write several hymns based on bible verses. Dix's words paired with the melody of Greensleeves was first published in 1871 in a collection called Christmas Carols New and Old. It is not known who first thought to pair the lyrics with the old English folk tune, but it may have been prominent English composer John Stainer.
The lyrics refer to questions that the shepherds visiting Christ in the manger may have asked themselves and the answers to those questions.