Easy to play Christmas Songs for Guitar - Christmas Songs
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Easy to play Christmas Songs for Guitar - Christmas Songs

Learn Easy Christmas Songs on the Guitar - Christmas Songs made easy for the guitar - Christmas Songs
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  • 24 downloadable resources
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What you'll learn
  • You will learn easy chords and beginner solos to great Christmas songs
  • You might become the next biggest hit are your Christmas parties
  • Enjoy learning with ease. Very simply straight to the point lectures.
  • Shortcut ways to play chords for these Christmas song to make learning quicker
Requirements
  • You can be a beginner - No skills required
  • You will need a guitar and a pick is good too
  • Practice is key - the more you practice the better you will be
Description

EASY CHRISTMAS SONGS FOR GUITAR - CHRISTMAS SONGS

Learn Easy Christmas songs for Guitar - Christmas Songs made easy for the guitar - Christmas Songs. You'll learn the basic concepts and building blocks that you will need to get started on some great Christmas songs for guitar. Included is Joy to the World, Silent Night, Holly Jolly Christmas, Away in a Manger, Frosty the Snowman and Jingle Bells.

WHY TAKE A CHRISTMAS SONGS COURSE FROM THIS GUY?

My passion is inspiring others to feel more confident in themselves and their playing. I feel like music can do that. After years of performing and teaching all over the US. at workshops, out of my home and through multiple schools, I was asked by many of my students to make videos of my lessons. So here is the result. Christmas Songs - Learn Easy Christmas Songs on Guitar.

BUILDING A STRONG FOUNDATION

· Learn easy Christmas songs for the guitar

· Chords to each Christmas song

· Chord changes are for each Christmas song

· Strumming patterns for each Christmas song

· Learn the melodic structure to each Christmas song

· Lyrics and chords for each Christmas song

BONUS INFORMATION

  • Free PDFs with other Christmas song Lyrics

  • Bonus video with the melody to Joy to the World.

TARGET AUDIENCE FOR THIS COURSE

  • For beginners and intermediate guitar players

  • Anyone who wants to learn Christmas Songs on the guitar

  • If you want to play songs for their friends and family members at Christmas time

  • Those interested in performing Christmas songs

  • Anyone who would like to sing and play Christmas songs in church

  • All ages.

STRAIGHT TO THE POINT

The videos are all straight to the point and clearly broke down for you so you can learn the songs very quickly.

QUESTIONS

Feel free to send me any questions you might have on this course. I want to make your learning experience the best that it can be.

THANKS

Thanks for taking the time to look at this course. I look forward to seeing you on the inside and teaching you the beginner steps on how to become a better at playing easy Christmas Songs on the Guitar.

Merry Christmas everybody!
Chuck Millar
Lesson Pros - Building Confidence Through Music
Thanks for becoming a Lesson Pros student.
We appreciate you all!

Who this course is for:
  • Shortcut ways to play chords for these Christmas song to make learning quicker
  • For the beginner - This is a great starting point to learn Christmas songs with ease
  • For the intermediate players - you will get some Christmas Solos that you might not have heard of or learned yet.
  • This structured course will also learn your Christmas songs quickly
  • All ages - I once had a 96 year old man who wanting to take lessons. His goal was to learn 5 songs so he could die a happy man. He did exactly that and died a happy man. So if you are telling yourself you are to old, seriously it is never too late. You can still learn some Christmas Songs!!!
  • Christmas songs are a great way to spread cheer and you never know who you might meet. So for anyone looking to meet new people. Playing the guitar is a great way to make new friends. I have met my closest friends playing music. There is a huge community of like-minded people playing music in every part of the world.
  • For anyone interested in learning Christmas songs to play at family gathering
Course content
Expand all 79 lectures 06:07:08
+ Easy Christmas Songs on Guitar for Beginner to Intermediate Players
1 lecture 00:23

Welcome to the Christmas Songs for Guitar Course. In this course you will learn basic chord progressions to standard Christmas songs.

Preview 00:23
+ Frosty the Snowman
1 lecture 04:55

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Merry Christmas!

Frosty the Snowman
Arranged and simplified by Lesson Pros for teaching purposes
Key of G

G                                          C                G
Frosty the Snowman, was a jolly happy soul
           C                              G          Em
With a corn-cob pipe and a button nose
               D                         G
and two eyes made out of coal.
G                                       C                   G
Frosty the Snowman, is a fairy tale they say
              C                                            G
he was made of snow but the children know
             C          D          G
how he came to life one day.
          C                                  Bm                Am7                  G
There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found,
      D                            Am7                   A                         D
For when they placed it on his head he began to dance around
      G                                         C                       G
Oh, Frosty the Snowman was alive as he could be,
              C                               G               Em
And the children say he could laugh and play
             C           D7         G
just the same as you and me.


G                                                C                         G
Frosty the Snowman, knew the sun was hot that day,
          C                                     G                Em
So he said, "Let's run and we'll have some fun
            C      D      G
now before I melt away."
G                                        C                         G
Down to the village, with a broomstick in his hand,
              C                             G              Em
Running here and there all around the square,
            C               D      G
saying "Catch me if you can."
     C                            Bm                           Am7            G
He led them down the streets of town right to the traffic cop,
            D                     Am7                     Em                       D
And he only paused a moment when he heard him holler, "Stop!"
G                                          C                  G
Frosty the Snowman had to hurry on his way,
            C                                      G              Em
But he waved good-bye, saying, "Don't you cry;
         C         D7           G
I'll be back again someday."

G
Thumpety thump thump, thumpety thump thump,
                        D7
Look at Frosty go.
D7
Thumpety thump thump, thumpety thump thump,
                         G
over the hills of snow.


Wikipedia Definition

"Frosty the Snowman" (or "Frosty the Snow Man") is a popular song written by Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson, and first recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950.[1] It was written after the success of Autry's recording of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" the previous year; Rollins and Nelson shipped the new song to Autry, who recorded "Frosty" in search of another seasonal hit. Like "Rudolph", "Frosty" was subsequently adapted to other media including a popular television special Frosty the Snowman.

The song recounts the fictional tale of a snowman that is magically brought to life through a silk hat that a group of children find and place on his head. Although Frosty enjoys roaming throughout town with the children who constructed him, he runs afoul of a traffic cop and leaves town, promising he will be back again someday.

Although it is generally regarded as a Christmas song, the lyrics make no mention of the holiday. The song supposedly takes place in White Plains, New York, or Armonk, New York; Armonk has a parade dedicated to Frosty annually.[2][3] The melody is very similar to Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee (1942).

Preview 04:55
+ Away in a Manger
2 lectures 04:24


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Merry Christmas!

Away in a Manger|
Arranged and simplified by Lesson Pros for teaching purposes
Key of A

    G                                C          G              
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
       D                              G
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
        G                                 C                      G  
The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,
        C             G         D                 G
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

        G                                  C         G       
The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
      D                              G
But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.
  G                         D               G  
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
        C                 G            D               G
And stay by my cradle til morning is nigh.

      G                                    C                G  
Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
            D                           G
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.
           G                                   D              G  
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
        C               G                D                     G
And take us to heaven, to live with Thee there.

Wikipedia Definition

The first two verses of the lyrics were published in the May 1884 issue of The Myrtle, a periodical of the Universalist Publishing House in Boston, Massachusetts.[2] The article claims, under the heading "Luther's Cradle Song", that

Martin Luther, the great German reformer, who was born four hundred years ago the 10th of next November, composed the following hymn for his children; and it is still sung by many German mothers to their little ones.[2]

(This text would already have been out-of-date in May 1884, since the four hundredth anniversary of Luther's birth occurred in November 1883.)

The first two verses generally agree with the currently accepted text: the only major difference is "Watching my lullaby" instead of "Til morning is nigh" for the last line of verse two. No music accompanies the words, but the melody of Home! Sweet Home! is suggested.[2]

The song was later published with two verses in an Evangelical Lutheran Sunday School collection, Little Children's Book for Schools and Families (1885), where it simply bore the title "Away in a Manger" and was set to a tune called "St. Kilda," credited to J.E. Clark.[3]

The third stanza, "Be near me, Lord Jesus" was first printed in Gabriel's Vineyard Songs (1892), where it appeared with a tune by Charles H. Gabriel (simply marked "C"), thus these words are probably by Gabriel. Gabriel credited the entire text to Luther and gave it the title "Cradle Song." This verse is sometimes attributed to Dr. John McFarland, but since the popular story dates his contribution to 1904 (postdating the 1892 printing by 12 years), his contribution is highly questionable.[4]


Preview 02:25

I will break down the strumming pattern usedon Away in a Manger

Away in a Manger - Strumming Pattern
01:59
+ Holly Jolly Christmas
1 lecture 02:41

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Merry Christmas!

A Holly Jolly Christmas
Arranged and simplified by Lesson Pros for teaching purposes
Key of G

            G                                                                     D
Have a holly, jolly Christmas, it's the best time of the year,
                                                                               G
I don't know if there'll be snow, but have a cup of cheer.
            G                                                                                D
Have a holly, jolly Christmas, and when you walk down the street,
                                                                              G
Say hello to friends you know and everyone you meet.
C                  Bm           C                               G
Hey, ho, the mistletoe, hung where you can see,
Am7             Em                 A7                       D
Somebody's waiting there, kiss her once for me.
            G                                                                    D
Have a holly, jolly Christmas and in case you didn't hear,
                                G              A7          D      G
Oh, by golly, have a holly, jolly Christmas this year.

Wikipedia Definition

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas is a Christmas album by American folk singer Burl Ives, first released by Decca Records in October 1965.

Ives had recorded two of the songs ("A Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer") the previous year on the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soundtrack. In both cases for this album, Ives re-recorded the tracks (he used a significantly different and slower arrangement for "A Holly Jolly Christmas;" of the two versions Ives recorded, the version on this album is the version more commonly heard on radio in modern times).


Preview 02:41
+ Joy to the World
3 lectures 10:00

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Merry Christmas!

Joy to the World

Arranged and simplified by Lesson Pros for teaching purposes
Key of G

Verse I

G                              C         G
Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
      C         D              G
Let earth receive her King;
     G
Let every heart prepare Him room,
      G
And Heaven and nature sing,
      D
And Heaven and Heaven nature sing,
             G              C                  G    D   G
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Verse II

G                              C        G
Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!
      C                D             G
Let men their songs employ;
          G
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
    G
Repeat the sounding joy,
     D
Repeat the sounding joy,
G               C             G       D   G
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

Verse III
G                                  C           G
He rules the world with truth and grace,
       C                  D          G
And makes the nations prove
       G
The glories of His righteousness,
       G
And wonders of His love,
       D
And wonders of His love,
          G          C             G  D   G
And wonders, wonders, of His love.


Wikipedia Definition

"Joy to the World" is a popular Christmas song.[1]

Joy to the World

Joy to the World, a cappella performance by Kim Butler and others.


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The words are by English hymn writer Isaac Watts, based on the second half of Psalm 98 in the Bible. The song was first published in 1719 in Watts' collection; The Psalms of David: Imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian state and worship. Watts wrote the words of "Joy to the World" as a hymn glorifying Christ's triumphant return at the end of the age, rather than a song celebrating his first coming.[2] The nations are called to celebrate because God's faithfulness to the house of Israel has brought salvation to the world.[3]

The music was adapted and arranged to Watts' lyrics by Lowell Mason in 1839 from an older melody which was then believed to have originated from Handel, not least because the theme of the refrain (And heaven and nature sing...) appears in the orchestra opening and accompaniment of the recitative Comfort ye from Handel's Messiah, and the first four notes match the beginning of the choruses Lift up your heads and Glory to God from the same oratorio. However, Handel did not compose the entire tune.[4] The name "Antioch" is generally used for the tune.

As of the late 20th century, "Joy to the World" was the most-published Christmas hymn in North America.[1]

Joy to the World - Chords
02:06

I will break down the strumming pattern used on Joy to the World

Joy to the World - Strumming Pattern
01:13

In this video you will learn a melody line to Joy to the World

Joy to the World - Beginner Picker
06:41
+ Jingle Bells
2 lectures 04:31

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Merry Christmas!

Jingle Bells
Arranged and simplified by Lesson Pros for teaching purposes
Key of G

Verse I
G                                                                          C
Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh,
                            D                             G
O'er the fields we go, laughing all the way.
                                                          C
Bells on bobtails ring, making spirits bright,
                         D                                                  G       D
What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight. Oh!

Chorus
G
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way!
C                     G
O what fun it is to ride
       A7                     D7
In a one-horse open sleigh, hey!
G
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way!
   C               G
O what fun it is to ride
      D7                      G
In a one-horse open sleigh

Verse II
   G                                                      C
A day or two ago, I thought I'd take a ride
                                    D                                      G
And soon Miss Fanny Bright was seated by my side
                                                                                    C
The horse was lean and lank, Misfortune seemed his lot
              D                                                 G     D
We ran into a drifted bank and there we got upsot. Oh!

Chorus
G
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way!
C                     G
O what fun it is to ride
       A7                      D7
In a one-horse open sleigh, hey!
G
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way!
   C               G
O what fun it is to ride
      D7                      G
In a one-horse open sleigh

Verse III
   G                                                   C
A day or two ago, the story I must tell
                            D                                   G
I went out on the snow and on my back I fell
                                                                   C
A gent was riding by in a one-horse open sleigh
                                 D                                              G      D   
He laughed at me as I there lay but quickly drove away.  Oh!

Chorus
G
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way!
C                     G
O what fun it is to ride
       A7                      D7
In a one-horse open sleigh, hey!
G
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way!
   C               G
O what fun it is to ride
      D7                      G
In a one-horse open sleigh

Verse IV
             G                                                    C
Now the ground is white, go it while you're young
                         D                                    G
Take the girls along and sing this sleighing song
                                                                   C
Just bet a bob-tailed bay, Two forty as his speed
                         D                                                          G       D
Hitch him to an open sleigh and crack! You'll take the lead. Oh!

Chorus
G
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way!
C                     G
O what fun it is to ride
       A7                      D7
In a one-horse open sleigh, hey!
G
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way!
   C               G
O what fun it is to ride
      D7                      G
In a one-horse open sleigh

Wikipedia

"Jingle Bells" is one of the best-known[1] and commonly sung[2] American Christmas songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and published under the title "One Horse Open Sleigh" in the autumn of 1857. Even though it is now associated with the Christmas and holiday season, it was actually originally written for American Thanksgiving.[3][4] It has been claimed that it was originally written to be sung by a Sunday school choir; however, historians dispute this, stating that it was much too "racy" to be sung by a children's church choir in the days it was written.[5]


Preview 02:47

I will break down the strumming pattern used on Jingle Bells

Preview 01:44
+ Silent Night
1 lecture 03:24

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Merry Christmas!

Silent Night
Arranged and simplified by Lesson Pros for teaching purposes
Key of G

Verse I
G                                   Dsus2                 G 
Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright
C                    G
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
C              G
Holy Infant so tender and mild
D                          G
Sleep in heavenly peace
          Dsus2     G
Sleep in heavenly peace

Verse II
G                                    Dsus2                   G
Silent night, holy night!, Shepherds quake at the sight
C                             G
Heavenly hosts from heaven above
C                           G
Guardian Angels sing Alleluia!
D                                G
Christ, our Savior is born
                 Dsus2      G
Christ, our Savior is born

Verse III
G                                   Dsus2          G
Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love's pure light
C                              G
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
C                          G
with the dawn of redeeming grace,
D                          G
Jesus Lord at thy birth,
           Dsus2      G
Jesus Lord at thy birth.


Wikipedia Definition

"Silent Night" (German: Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht) is a popular Christmas carol, composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. It was declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011.[1] The song has been recorded by a large number of singers from every music genre. The version sung by Bing Crosby is the third best-selling single of all-time.

The song was first performed on Christmas Eve 1818 at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, a village in the Austrian Empire on the Salzach river in present-day Austria. A young priest, Father Joseph Mohr, had come to Oberndorf the year before. He had already written the lyrics of the song "Stille Nacht" in 1816 at Mariapfarr, the hometown of his father in the Salzburg Lungau region, where Joseph had worked as a coadjutor.

The melody was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, schoolmaster and organist in the nearby village of Arnsdorf. Before Christmas Eve, Mohr brought the words to Gruber and asked him to compose a melody and guitar accompaniment for the church service.[2] Both performed the carol during the mass on the night of December 24.

The original manuscript has been lost. However, a manuscript was discovered in 1995 in Mohr's handwriting and dated by researchers at ca. 1820. It shows that Mohr wrote the words in 1816 when he was assigned to a pilgrim church in Mariapfarr, Austria, and shows that the music was composed by Gruber in 1818. This is the earliest manuscript that exists and the only one in Mohr's handwriting.

The story of the composing of the song was the subject of the fanciful television special Silent Mouse (1988) narrated by Lynn Redgrave.[3] Later films to tell the story include Christian Vuissa's film Stille Nacht (de) (2012) [4] and the documentary The First Silent Night (2014), narrated by Simon Callow.[5]

Silent Night - Chords
03:24
+ Chords and Lyrics pdfs
6 lectures 05:03
Frosty the Snowman - Chords and Lyrics
01:10

Away in a Manger

Words by Martin Luther

Music by Jonathan Spillman

Arranged and simplified by Lesson Pros for teaching purposes
Lesson Pros

   G                               C             G

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,

      D                              G

The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.

      G                                   D                     G

The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,

      C              G         D                 G

The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

       G                                 C        G

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,

     D                              G

But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.

  G                                         D                      G

I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky

       C               G            D               G

And stay by my cradle til morning is nigh.

     G                                    C                 G

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay

          D                           G

Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.

         G                                 D              G

Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,

      C              G               D                     G

And take us to heaven, to live with Thee there.

Away in a Manger - Chords and Lyrics
00:41
Holly Jolly Christmas - Chords and Lyrics
00:28
Joy to the World - Chords and Lyrics
00:38
JIngle Bells - Chords and Lyrics
01:35
Silent Night - Chords and Lyrics
00:30
+ Lyrics pdfs
6 lectures 04:01
Frosty the Snowmans - Lyrics
00:53
Away in a Manger - Lyrics
00:32
Holly Jolly Christmas - Lyrics
00:21
Joy to the World - Lyrics
00:28
Jingle Bells - Lyrics
01:21
Silent Night - Lyrics
00:25