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What Child is This

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In this series of three lessons, we'll learn to play an acoustic fingerstyle arrangement of the song, What Child is This? (also known as Greensleeves).

The song will be presented in two formats: first, a chord progression and fingerpicking pattern to serve as a foundation for singing the song. Second, a fingerstyle melody solo will be presented.

You may wish to learn one version, or both. They go together perfectly!

In this segment, you will see and hear both versions being played. In the next segments, we'll look at each version in detail.

WHAT CHILD IS THIS? (a.k.a. Greensleeves)

(Am) What child is (C) who
(G) Laid to (Em) rest, on
(Am) Mary's (F) lap is (E) sleeping
Whom (Am) angels (C) greet with
(G) anthems (Em) sweet while
(Am) Shepherds (E) watch are (Am) keeping

(C) This this is (G) Christ the (Em) king whom
(Am) Shepherds (F) guard and
(E) Angels sing
(C) Haste haste to (G) bring him (Em) laud, the
(Am) Babe, the (E) son of (Am) Mary