Easy to play Christmas Songs for Guitar - Beginner to Inter

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Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

This course is for the beginner to intermediate guitar players who would like to learn shortcut ways to play Christmas songs.

Great for all ages!

You will also get great strumming patterns on each song.

The videos are all straight to the point and clearly broke down for you. THERE IS NO EXTRA TALKING on the videos.

I have been fortunate to have taught over 3000 students now and have a very good understanding of how to teach so a student get it quicker.

Hopefully you will enjoy this course and have fun learning standard Christmas songs You can be a hit at all you upcoming Christmas parties.

There is a bonus video with the melody to Joy to the World. Have fun!

Merry Christmas!


What are the 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

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • 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.

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Section 1: Easy Christmas Songs on Guitar for Beginner to Intermediate Players

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

Section 2: How to play Christmas Songs with Easy Chords

Away in a Manger

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.

The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.

I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle til morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.

Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
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]


Frosty the Snowman

Frosty the Snowman

Was a jolly happy soul

With a corncob pipe and a button nose

And two eyes made out of coal

Frosty the Snowman

Is a fairytale, they say

He was made of snow but the children know

How he came to life one day

There must have been some magic

In that old silk they found

For when they placed it on his head

He began to dance around

Frosty the Snowman

Was alive as he could be

Dns the children say he could laugh and play

Just the same as you and me

Thumpety thump thump

Thumpety thump thump

Look at Frosty go

Thumpety thump thump

Thumpety thump thump

Over the hills of snow

Frosty the Snowman

Knew the sun was hot that day

So he said, "Let's run and we'll have some fun

Now before I melt away"

Down to the village

With a brooomstick in his hand

Running here and there, all around the square,

Sayin', "Catch me if you can"

He led them down the streets of town

Right to the traffic cop

And he only paused a moment

When he heard him holler, "Stop!"

Frosty the Snowman

Had to hurry on his way

But he waved goodbye, sayin' "Don't you cry,

I'll be back again some day."

Thumpety thump thump

Thumpety thump thump

Look at Frosty go

Thumpety thump thump

Thumpety thump thump

Over the hills of snow

He'll be back

Yes he will

Again someday

See you next year Frosty!

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).


A Holly Jolly Christmas

Have a holly, jolly Christmas;

It's the best time of the year

I don't know if there'll be snow

but have a cup of cheer

Have a holly, jolly Christmas;

And when you walk down the street

Say Hello to friends you know

and everyone you meet

Oh ho

the mistletoe

hung where you can see;

Somebody waits for you;

Kiss her once for me

Have a holly jolly Christmas

and in case you didn't hear

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 Reindeersoundtrack. 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).


Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow,

In a one horse open sleigh

Over the fields we go

Laughing all the way.

bells on bob tail ring

making spirits bright

What fun it is to ride and sing

A sleighing song tonight.


Oh jingle bells jingle bells

jingle all the way!

Oh what fun

it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh, Hey!

Jingle bells jingle bells

Jingle all the way!

Oh what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh

A day or two ago

I thought I'd took a ride

And soon Miss Fannie Bright

Seated by my side

The horse was lean and lank

Miss fortuned seemed his lot

He got into a drifted bank

And we all got upset


Oh jingle bells jingle bells

jingle all the way!

Oh what fun

it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh, Hey!

Jingle bells jingle bells

Jingle all the way!

Oh what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh

A day of two ago

The story I must tell

I went out on the snow

And on my back I fell;

A gent was riding by

In a one-horse open sleigh

He laughed a there I sprawling lie

But quickly drove away


Oh jingle bells jingle bells

jingle all the way!

Oh what fun

it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh, Hey!

Jingle bells jingle bells

Jingle all the way!

Oh what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh

Now the ground is white

Go it while you're young,

Take the girls tonight

and sing this sleighing song;

Just get a bobtailed bay

Two forty as his speed

Hitch him to an open sleigh

And crack! you'll take the lead.


Oh jingle bells jingle bells

jingle all the way!

Oh what fun

it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh, Hey!

Jingle bells jingle bells

Jingle all the way!

Oh what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh


"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]


Joy to the World

Joy to the World , the Lord is come!

Let earth receive her King;

Let every heart prepare Him room,

And Heaven and nature sing,

And Heaven and nature sing,

And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!

Let men their songs employ;

While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains

Repeat the sounding joy,

Repeat the sounding joy,

Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,

Nor thorns infest the ground;

He comes to make His blessings flow

Far as the curse is found,

Far as the curse is found,

Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,

And makes the nations prove

The glories of His righteousness,

And wonders of His love,

And wonders of His love,

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]


Silent Night

Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright

Round yon virgin Mother and Child, holy

Infant so tender and mild,

Sleep in heavenly peace,

Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night, shepherds quake at the sight,

Glories stream from heaven afar, heavenly hosts sing


Christ the Saviour is born,

Christ the Saviour is born.

Silent night, holy night,

Son of God, love's pure light,

Radiant beams from

Thy holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace,

Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth,

Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

Silent night, holy night, wondrous star, lend thy light;

With the angels let us sing,

Alleluia to our King.

Christ the Saviour is born,

Christ the Saviour is born.

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]

Section 3: Christmas Songs - Strumming Patterns

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


I will break down the strumming pattern used on Jingle Bells


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

Section 4: Christmas Song - Beginner Picking

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

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Instructor Biography

Chuck Millar, Award Winning Musician & Teacher

Chuck Millar founder of Lesson Pros (a MN based music lessons program), started as a performing artist, playing all over the United States at festivals, private & corporate parties, weddings, coffee houses & theaters. Being played on radio stations all around the world his success has led him into the hearts of millions. He has been featured in numerous newspapers articles, radio, television and magazines. He has won many competitions with his music, including countless 1st place titles in guitar, mandolin, fiddling and trick fiddling, plus took 2nd place in the MN State fair duet competition with his wife Sandi. Chuck's band No Grass Limit was nominated for 13 awards and took home 7 of them.

Chuck is described as a musical innovator who crosses musical genres and boundaries with his songs and music. Fans rave about his musicianship and he has been hired as the head instructor of the MBOTMA Grass Seeds Academy.

Chuck has currently taught over 3000 students of ages 4 to 98. Minnesota’s music culture has greatly been expanded and broadened, by the Chuck Millar, which is truly admired.

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