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In this segment, we'll take a closer look at how to play the fingerstyle backup arrangement for the song, What Child is This?

We'll take a look at the chords, and the fingerpicking pattern used in the video.

The chords for this song are A minor, C, G, E minor, F, and E major.

The song is in 3/4 time, and fingerpicking pattern goes like this: Play the bass note of the chord with your thumb, then the fourth string with your thumb, then the second and third strings together with your index and middle fingers, then the fourth string with your thumb, then the second and third strings together with your index and middle fingers, and finally the fourth string with your thumb.

The "bass note" is the lowest sounding note included in the chord. The string on which this occurs will vary from chord to chord. For a more detailed explanation of bass notes, please see this lesson:

ACOUSTIC CORE CONCEPTS: ALL ABOUT BASS NOTES
All About Bass Notes

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)

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