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    You guys are my last resort. I know there is a lot of people on this forum that play guitar, so this isn't that far of a stretch. There was a movie called National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. That movie featured a song performed by Ray Charles, called The Spirit of Christmas. I have been trying to find the tab for this song all night with no luck. Any chance you guys can help me out?
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    Re: guitar help?

    Are you sure it's not That spirit of Christmas.





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    Re: guitar help?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhxdQBFmDZ0
    That Spirit of Christmas~Music by Ray Charles
    couldn't find tabs or chords

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    I think this sounds a bit less loud, but a lot less warbly too.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsMf-6F1aVM

    Your probably not going to find a tablature transcription of it as Ray was a pianist and there is a good deal of orchestration on this. Still, it's a I-IV-I-V-I blues progression in C#maj with a big suspension on the first IV chord and an incredibly blunt "up a half step" to Dmaj transition in the middle. You can riff on that all day long and it'll sound OK. The intro is just I-IV with that descending tetrachord (so, I-Imaj7-Imaj6-I-IV).

    I'm guessing that on guitar you'll want to transpose it to Emaj or something, and maybe leave the key-change out of it. Anyway, if you can get an mp3 of it, I highly recommend playing it through playitslowly if you want to work out some of the individual guitar riffs, like the one that opens the song...
    http://29a.ch/playitslowly/

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    I found a chipmunks version with guitar tabs. I actually understand your notation hhh I've studied music theory.
    Last edited by wilee-nilee; December 17th, 2010 at 03:00 AM.





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    Hence the saxomaphone? :^)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hhh View Post
    Hence the saxomaphone? :^)
    Yep not me of course but John Coltrane. I can't find the chord changes and I think the chipmunks version is not the same.





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    Trying to put acoustic guitar chords.but it keeps sounding country. how about power chords and make it sound punk.lol a Ramones version.
    Last edited by Gremlinzzz; December 17th, 2010 at 04:14 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hhh View Post
    I think this sounds a bit less loud, but a lot less warbly too.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsMf-6F1aVM

    Your probably not going to find a tablature transcription of it as Ray was a pianist and there is a good deal of orchestration on this. Still, it's a I-IV-I-V-I blues progression in C#maj with a big suspension on the first IV chord and an incredibly blunt "up a half step" to Dmaj transition in the middle. You can riff on that all day long and it'll sound OK. The intro is just I-IV with that descending tetrachord (so, I-Imaj7-Imaj6-I-IV).

    I'm guessing that on guitar you'll want to transpose it to Emaj or something, and maybe leave the key-change out of it. Anyway, if you can get an mp3 of it, I highly recommend playing it through playitslowly if you want to work out some of the individual guitar riffs, like the one that opens the song...
    http://29a.ch/playitslowly/
    Thanks! alot. The play it slowly trick is really cool, and I learned alot. Great tip!
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