How to Play Joy to the World by Handel (Guitar Lesson)

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Steve Eulberg

Joy to the World

Steve Eulberg walks you through an arrangement of "Joy to the World."

Taught by Steve Eulberg in Songs with Steve Eulberg seriesLength: 43:07Difficulty: 3.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (43:12) Joy to the World Here is the basic tablature you can use to learn this song. Please check the supplemental content for more tablature and related material.

Chord / Strumming Tab
This is the tab for the basic chord rhythm for Joy to the World. Please note that this tab is not exact, as how many times you will strum each chord will vary depending on what rhythm you use. This is only meant as a guide to the chords and not an exact replica of what is to be played.
|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-3-2-2-0-0-2-2-2-3-3-3-3-0-0-0-0-2-2----|
|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-0-3-3-2-2-3-3-3-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-2-3-3----|
|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-2-2-2----|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-2-0-0----|
|-------------------------2-----0-0-------2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0--------|
|-------------------------3---------------3-3-3-3----------------|


|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2---|
|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3---|
|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2---|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|


|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--2-2-2-2-3-2-2-2-2-3-2-2-0-0-2-2---|
|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--3-3-3-3-0-3-3-3-3-0-3-3-2-2-3-3---|
|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--2-2-2-2-0-2-2-2-2-0-2-2-2-2-2-2---|
|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-2-0-0---|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0----------2---------2-----0-0-------|
|------------------------------------------3---------3---------------|

Melody Tab
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-3-2-0--------------0-0--2-2-3--3-3-2-0---------3-3-2-0------------|
|-------2-0--------2---------------------2-2-0-----------2-2-0------|
|-----------4-2-0------------------------------4---------------4----|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|


|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------3-0------------------|
|-----------0-2-0--------------0-----------2-0--------------|
|-4-4-4-4-4-------4--2-2-2-2-4---4-2-0---------4-0-4-2-0----|
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------|

Low Melody Tab
This tablature shows a low version of the melody. Remember, your guitar must be in Drop D tuning to play this!
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-5-4-2-0---------0-2-2-4-4-5--5-5-4-2-0-0-----5-5-4-2-0-0--------|
|---------5-4-2-0--------------------------5-4-------------5-4----|


|----------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------0-----------------------5-2-0----------------|
|-4-4-4-4-4-5---5-4-2-2-2-2-4-5-4-5-0-------5-4-5-4-2-0----|

Chord Based Melody
This is a chord based version of the melody. Remember, this is intended for Drop D tuning, but it is not "required." If you do not wish to use Drop D tuning simply do not play the low E string at all during this part of the melody.
|-10---9--7--5--3--2--0--2--5--7-7---9--9--10--10-10---9--7--5-|
|-10--10--8--7--3--3--2--3--7--8-8--10-10--10--10-10--10--8--7-|
|-11---9--7--7--4--2--2--2--7--7-7---9-10--11--11-11---9--7--7-|
|--0---------------0--2--0------------------0---0--0-----------|
|--0------------------0---------------------0---0--0-----------|
|--0----------------------------------------0---0--0-----------|


|-5--3--2--10-10---9--7--5--5--3--2--2-2-2-2-2--3--5--3--2--|
|-7--3--3--10-10--10--8--7--7--3--3--3-3-3-3-3--3--7--3--3--|
|-7--4--2--11-11---9--7--7--7--4--2--2-2-2-2-2--4--7--4--2--|
|-------0---0--0------------------0--0-0-0-0-0-----------0--|
|-----------0--0--------------------------------------------|
|-----------0--0--------------------------------------------|


|-0-0-0-0--2--3--2--0--2--10--7--5--3--2--3--2--0--2----|
|-2-2-2-2--3--3--3--2--3--10--8--7--3--3--3--3--2--3----|
|-2-2-2-2--2--4--2--2--2--11--7--7--4--2--4--2--2--2----|
|-2-2-2-2--0-----0--2--0---0-----------0-----0--2--0----|
|-0-0-0-0-----------0------0--------------------0--0----|
|--------------------------0-----------------------0----|


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drboogiedrboogie replied

What key is the melody in?

flasherflasher replied

i dont get it

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied

D Major

soupdblusoupdblu replied

Just wanted to thank you Steve for this rendition of Joy to the World. I ended up learning it and performing it several times this season! Thanks again!

kevinacekevinace replied

Glad to hear it! Your guests enjoy your performances?

soupdblusoupdblu replied

They did!

springer 93springer 93 replied

what is the strumming pattern for this song to get the rythum of the song. Great job steve.

jboothjbooth replied

There's no real "set" pattern, you can just improvise and use what you like. If you want a folk style similar to what Steve is playing (but not necessarily exact) check out Steve's Phase 1 series on strumming, I believe it is example #4..

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied

Jeff has explained this well, Emilio. Cheers!

springer 93springer 93 replied

Could you explain the drop d tuning.

jboothjbooth replied

Basically you just tune your low E string down to a D. When you are properly in DROP D your E string played open should sound like the open D but an Octave lower. It's pretty easy, you only need to tune that one string down.

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied

Thanks for the good explanation, Jeff!

nessanessa replied

Another great lesson. Thanks, Steve!

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied

Thanks, Nessa!

springer 93springer 93 replied

thank you jbooth for the reply. I agree. but it seems that he is leaving the last down up stroke out. it looks like down down down up and leaving the last one down up out.

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