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Easy Christmas Songs – Guitar Chords, Tabs, and Lyrics

Christmas songs are not only fun to sing with friends and family, they’re great to work out on the guitar.

There’s something comforting about sitting around the fireplace, having a glass of eggnog (OK maybe not that), and singing carols with friends and family.

To help keep the guitar in your hands this holiday season, there is a collection of easy Christmas songs arranged for guitar, with lyrics and chord changes.

 

Each of these classic Christmas songs comes with the following items to give you everything you need to play and these songs this holiday season.

 

  • Lead Sheet With Lyrics
  • Open Guitar Chords
  • Barre Guitar Chords
  • Jazz Lead Sheet
  • Jazz Guitar Chords
  • Solo Guitar Arrangement
  • Transposition Chart

 

Now, enough preparing, time to dig into these easy Christmas songs in the practice room.

 

 

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Easy Christmas Songs (Click to Jump to a Song)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auld Lang Syne Guitar Chords

 

Sung at midnight on New Year’s Eve, Auld Lang Syne is one of the classic Christmas songs that people love to sing.

There’s something about ringing in the New Year that feels great, and Auld Lang Syne is the soundtrack to that moment for many people.

It’s an easy song to play, which makes it fun and quick to learn.

Check out these standard chord changes, jazz changes, and chord melody arrangement of Auld Lang Syne.

 

 

 

Auld Lang Syne Easy Guitar Chords

 

With only three chords, and a slow tempo, Auld Lang Syne is a easier than most of the classic Christmas songs you’ll learn in this lesson.

As well, because it only has a few chords, moving it to other keys is quick and easy, making it ideal for impromptu singing sessions.

There are three chords in Auld Lang Syne, which you can see written here as Roman Numerals to make it easy to transpose using the chart below.

 

  • G = I
  • C = IV
  • D = V

 

Here are the Auld Lang Syne easy guitar chords with lyrics.

 

 

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If you’re new to any of these chords, here are the Auld Lang Syne guitar chords in open position.

 

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As well, if you want to move this song around the fretboard, here are Auld Lang Syne guitar chords in barre form to learn.

 

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Auld Lang Syne Guitar Chords Jazz Changes

 

If you’re working on jazz guitar chords, or just want to breathe new life into a song you’ve sung a million times, here are the jazz chords to Auld Lang Syne.

 

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If you’re new to any of these chord shapes, here are fingerings that you can use for any of the changes in the jazz Auld Lang Syne arrangement.

 

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Auld Lang Syne Chord Melody Arrangement

 

Though it’s normally sung at midnight on New Year’s Eve, you can also work out Auld Lang Syne for solo guitar.

Here’s a chord melody version of Auld Lang Syne that you can learn and play around the holidays.

 

Click to hear auld lang syne chord melody

 

 

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Auld Lang Syne in 12 Keys – Transposition Chart

 

Though it only has three chords, making it easy to transpose to other keys, it’s nice to have a reference to ensure you’re correct when moving Auld Lang Syne to other keys.

Here’s a transposition chart you can use to play Auld Lang Syne in all keys.

 

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Away in a Manger Guitar Chords

 

With only four chords, a memorable melody, and a fun, 3/4 time signature, Away in a Manger is a favorite to sing around the holidays.

Though it only has a few chords compared to some other Christmas songs, Away in a Manger can be tricky to strum, sing, and keep the flowing 3/4 time signature all locked in at the same time.

So, go slow if needed, and have fun learning this holiday favorite.

 

 

Away in a Manger Easy Guitar Chords

 

Played in a 3/4 time signature, Away in a Manger is a nice change to the standard 4/4 time that you find with many Christmas songs.

There are four chords in Away in a Manger, written here as Roman Numerals to help you transpose them easily to other keys.

 

  • G = I
  • C = IV
  • D = V
  • Am = ii

 

The lyrics to the first verse are included below.

If you want to learn the rest of the lyrics, you can find them at this Away in a Manger lyrics page.

 

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To help you nail the changes to this song, here are the chords for Away in a Manger in open position.

 

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Here are the barre chord shapes that you can use to play Away in a Manger, and that’ll make it easier to transpose to other keys if needed.

 

 

 

Away in a Manger Jazz Changes

 

If you’re looking to jazz up your Christmas songs, here’s a jazzy arrangement of Away in a Manger that you can learn and jam on with friends.

Though the chords have been altered, they still fit the melody line perfectly.

So, you can play these changes with an instrumental jazz combo.

Or, you can use them with a vocalist, or even with a choir.

Both will work out fine from a harmony-melody perspective.

 

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If jazz chords are new to you, here are sample fingerings that you can use when playing the jazz version of Away in a Manger.

 

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Away in a Manger Chord Melody

 

If you want to play Away in a Manger for solo guitar, here’s a chord melody arrangement that you can work on in your jazz practice routine.

You can play this arrangement in tempo, or as a ballad with rubato tempo.

Both will work, so test them out and see what feels better for you.

 

Click to hear away in a manger chord melody

 

 

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Away in a Manger in 12 Keys – Transposition Chart

 

To help you transpose Away in a Manger to other keys besides G, here is a quick reference chart that you can use when needed.

 

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Deck the Halls Guitar Chords

 

One of the most classic Christmas songs to sing, are parody, around the holidays, anyone who wants to sing carols with friends or family will need to learn Deck the Halls guitar chords at some point or another.

With only a few chords, all of which can be played in open position, this song can be quickly learned when working up carols on guitar.

In this section, you’ll learn how to play Deck the Halls easy guitar chords, how to jazz up those chords, a solo guitar version of the song, and how to transpose this holiday classic to all 12 keys if needed.

So, grab your boughs of holly and great ready to learn the Deck the Halls guitar chords in your practice routine today.

 

 

 

Deck the Halls Easy Guitar Chords

 

If you’re looking to play the guitar chords for Deck the Halls in a traditional manner, here are the easy guitar chords in the key of C that you can use as a guide to play on guitar.

There are 6 different chords in Deck the Halls, which are listed here as Roman Numerals in the order they appear in the song to help you transpose those chords to other keys if necessary.

 

  • C = I
  • G = V
  • G7 = V7
  • Am = vi
  • D = II
  • F = IV

 

The first stanza of lyrics in included in this lead sheet.

You can refer to these further Deck the Halls lyrics if you want to sing further stanzas from there.

 

 

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If you’re new to any of these chord shapes, here are the Deck the Halls easy guitar chords using only open-position chords from the lead sheet above.

 

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To challenge yourself further on the guitar, here are barre chords for each change in Deck the Halls that you can use to change the timber of the song.

Barre chords are harder to play compared to open chords, but they make it much easier to transpose the song if you choose to play Deck the Halls in other keys.

 

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Deck the Hall Guitar Chords – Jazz Changes

 

If you’re looking to jazz up your classic Christmas songs, here’s a jazzy arrangement of Deck the Halls that you can sing and play on the guitar.

Though the chords are jazzier in nature, they all work perfectly with the melody line, so they will fit with the lyrics and music in a vocal situation.

 

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If there are any jazz guitar chords on this chart for Deck the Halls that you aren’t familiar with, here are sample shapes that you can use to play these jazz chords on the guitar.

 

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Deck the Halls Chord Melody Arrangement

 

As well as playing Deck the Halls with singers, always a fun time around the holidays, you can also learn a solo guitar version of this classic song.

Here’s a solo guitar version of Deck the Halls that you can use on your own, or it could also be played with a trio or other small jazz group if that is a group that you jam with in your playing.

 

Click to hear deck the halls chord melody

 

 

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Deck the Halls in 12 Keys – Transposition Guide

 

Playing Deck the Halls with vocalists often means changing the key of the song to better fit their vocal range.

To help you quickly move the Deck the Halls easy guitar chords to any key, here’s a transposition chart that you can use as a reference.

 

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Hark the Herald Angels Sing Guitar Chords

 

In this Christmas classic, you’ll be working on a few tricky chord changes, though all-playable in open position on the guitar.

With a 20-bar form, a few secondary dominant chords, and some 7th chords, Hark the Herald Angels Sing is not only a fun song to sing, but it’s a challenge on the guitar.

In this section, you’ll learn how to play the chords, learn jazz chords, and a solo guitar arrangement for this holiday song favorite.

 

 

Hark the Herald Angels Sing Easy Guitar Chords

 

To begin, here are the lyrics and Hark the Herald Angels Sing easy guitar chords.

The first verse of lyrics is included on the lead sheet.

You can find the rest of the words on this Hark the Herald Angels Sing lyrics page.

There are 7 chords in this song, written here in Roman Numerals to help you transpose them to other keys if needed.

 

  • G – I
  • D = V
  • C = IV
  • Em = VI
  • A7 = V7/V
  • E7 = V7/ii
  • Am = ii

 

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If you’re new to open-position chords, here are shapes that you can use to play all of the Hark the Herald Angels Sing chords.

 

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As well, to make it easier to transpose this song into other keys, here are the barre chords used to play Hark the Herald Angels Sing.

 

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Hark the Herald Angels Sing Jazz Changes

 

Here’s a jazzy arrangement of Hark the Herald Angels Sing to work on in your practicing.

You can use these chords to bring new life into this classic Christmas song, or just use a few of these changes alongside the original changes.

 

 

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If you’re new to jazz guitar chords, check out these shapes as they’ll help you play the Jazzy arrangement of Hark the Herald Angels Sing above.

 

 

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Hark the Herald Angels Sing Chord Melody

 

If you want to push yourself a bit in the practice room, you can learn a solo guitar version of Hark the Herald Angels Sing.

 

Click to hear hark the herald angels sing chord melody

 

 

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Hark the Herald Angels Sing in 12 Keys – Transposition Chart

 

To help you move this classic Christmas song around the fretboard, here is a transposition chart to play the chords in all keys.

 

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Jingle Bells Guitar Chords

 

Another classic Christmas song, Jingle Bells features a simple chord progression that is fun to jam around the holidays.

In this section, you will learn how to play Jingle Bells easy guitar chords, with both open and barre chords, as well as explore how to add a jazz flavor to this holiday favorite.

Lastly, if you’re up for a challenge, or just want to breathe new life into this song in your playing, you can learn a solo guitar arrangement of Jingle Bells for guitar.

So, load up your one-horse open sleigh and learn how to play Jingles Bells on guitar.

 

 

Jingle Bells Easy Guitar Chords

 

To help you learn to play Jingle Bells on guitar, here are the easy guitar chords in the key of C that you can practice and jam with friends and family.

There are four chords in Jingle Bells, which you can use to help transpose the key if needed:

 

  • I = C
  • II7 = D7
  • IV = F
  • V7 = G7

 

The first section of lyrics are included, but you can refer to these further lyrics if you want to learn to sing the entire song.

 

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If you’re new to these chords, here are the basic shapes for Jingle Bells, using only open-position chords in the arrangement.

 

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To take it a step further, here are barre chords for each change in Jingle Bells that you can practice and play with friends.

Barre chords are more difficult to play compared to open chords, but they do make it easier to transpose the song when it comes time to play Jingle Bells in other keys.

 

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Jingle Bells Guitar Chords – Jazz Changes

 

For those jazz fans out there, here’s a slightly jazzier version of Jingle Bells that you can learn, using more complex chords while still sticking to the melody line at the same time.

If you’re new to jazz, go slow with these chords, and refer to the shapes below as a reference, as it can take time to work out these changes when first practicing them.

But, with a bit of practice, you’ll learn to play a fresh approach to Jingle Bells that you can use to jam with friends and family during the holiday season.

 

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To help you learn the chords in the jazzy arrangement of Jingle Bells, here are chord grids for each change in the tune that you can use as a reference.

 

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Jingle Bells Chord Melody Arrangement

 

If you want to take Jingle Bells a bit further in your guitar practice, and performance, here’s a chord melody arrangement that you can work out to play in a group, or solo guitar, situation.

You’ll notice that the octave is adjusted here and there to prevent the song from getting too high or low on the fretboard.

Have fun with this arrangement.

It’ll challenge you, but when you have it down it’ll provide a fun solo guitar version of Jingle Bells that you can play around the holidays with friends and family.

The chord symbols have been left of this page to prevent the notes from becoming too congested.

You can refer to the jazz lead sheet changes to see what chords are being used here.

 

Click to hear Jingle Bells Guitar Chord Melody

 

 

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Jingle Bells in 12 Keys – Transposition Guide

 

While learning the guitar chords to classic Christmas songs in one key will get you through some situations, if you’re playing with a carol group, or just around the table during the holidays, you’ll probably have to play in other keys besides C.

To help you quickly transpose Jingle Bells into any key, here’s a quick transposition guide for the chords to Jingle Bells in all 12 keys that you can use as a reference.

 

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Joy to the World Guitar Chords

 

With only a few chords, and played in the key of C major, Joy to the World is one of those classic Christmas songs that everyone loves to play and sing around the holidays.

To help you work out this song on the guitar, you’ll find the chords, jazz arrangement, solo-guitar version, and chord fingerings for Joy to the World below.

 

 

Joy to the World Easy Guitar Chords

 

To begin, here’s a Joy to the World lead sheet with easy guitar chords and lyrics.

If you need to transpose this song, here are the Roman Numerals for each chord.

You can use them in conjunction with the reference chart below to quickly play Joy to the World in any key.

 

  • C = I
  • G = V
  • F =IV
  • G7 = V7

 

The first stanza of lyrics is included in the lead sheet.

Please visit this page for the rest of the Joy to the World lyrics.

 

 

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If you’re new to any of these Joy to the World guitar chords, here are all of the chord shapes used to play this song in open position.

 

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As well, when transposing this song to other keys, barre chords will come in handy.

To help you get those chord shapes under your fingers, here are barre chord shapes for every chord in Joy to the World.

 

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Joy to the World Guitar Chords – Jazz Changes

 

For the jazz guitarists in the room, or those looking to explore jazz guitar, here is a jazzy arrangement of Joy to the World that you can learn on guitar.

Though the chords are different from the original changes, the melody line will still fit over each chord in this arrangement.

If you’re new to jazz chords, see the chord diagrams below for sample fingerings.

 

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For those that need a bit of help with jazz chords, here are sample fingerings for each chord used in the Joy to the World jazz lead sheet.

 

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Joy to the World Chord Melody Arrangement

 

Learning classic Christmas songs is always fun when working with singers.

But, they’re also great for learning solo guitar arrangements.

Here’s a jazz version of Joy to the World arranged for chord melody, which can be played in a combo or solo-guitar setting.

 

Click to hear joy to the world chord melody

 

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Joy to the World Transposition Guide

 

When playing Joy to the World with singers, solo or choir, you’ll probably have to change the key.

To help you move this classic Christmas song to other keys, here’s an easy to reference transposition guide.

 

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O Holy Night Guitar Chords

 

The most difficult song to play in this collection, the O Holy Night guitar chords are plentiful, colorful, and all over the fretboard in many keys.

As well, the form is longer than other classic Christmas songs, making it hard to keep track of where you are in the song.

Because of this, it’ll take more time to work out this song on guitar.

Be sure to practice it ahead of time before taking it to a vocal rehearsal or carol concert.

Many classic Christmas songs can be sight read as they only have a few chords.

But, O Holy Night has 9 chords, with barre chords, and therefore needs more study to master on the fretboard.

 

 

O Holy Night Easy Guitar Chords

 

To begin, here is a lead sheet for O Holy Night in the key of G major.

There really is no key for O Holy Night that uses only open-position guitar chords.

So, this is as close as you can get, one barre chord, to all open chords.

Keep this in mind when transposing the song, as you’ll end up using more barre chords than in other Christmas songs on guitar.

There are 9 chords in O Holy Night, listed here to help you transpose them with the chart below if needed.

 

  • G = I
  • C = IV
  • D7 = V7
  • G7 = V7/IV
  • Bm = iii
  • F# = V7/iii
  • Em = vi
  • Am = ii
  • D = V

 

Here is the O Holy Night lead sheet with the first stanza of lyrics.

If you want to learn more lyrics, please refer to this O Holy Night lyrics page.

 

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To help you get these chords under your fingers, as there are a few non-open chords in this key, here are chord shapes that you can use when playing this version of O Holy Night on guitar.

 

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O Holy Night Guitar Chords – Jazz Changes

 

Moving on, here’s a jazzy arrangement of O Holy Night that you can use to spice up this song when playing it with a combo, solo, or choir situation.

There are a few tricky chords in the arrangement, so be sure to refer to the chord shapes given below if you get stuck.

 

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To help you learn the jazz chords in this version of O Holy Night, here are sample shapes that will work over the entire tune.

 

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O Holy Night Guitar Chords Chord Melody Arrangement

 

Here is a solo guitar version of O Holy Night that you can learn and play around the holidays.

To make things easier to play, since there are no vocals, you’ll learn this arrangement in the key of C major.

As well, to make it easier to read, chords are only written once over each bar when possible.

Then, you can check the recording to hear how to keep those chords moving in each bar.

Or, just experiment with your picking hand to explore those chords over the melody further in your playing.

 

Click to hear o holy night chord melody

 

 

 

 

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O Holy Night in 12 Keys – Transposition Chart

 

To finish up your study of O Holy Night, here’s a transposition chart that will help you learn this classic Christmas song in all 12 keys.

There are a lot of chords in this song, so having a chart will make it easier to move this song around as compared to other, easier, classic Christmas songs.

 

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Silent Night Guitar Chords

 

An all-time favorite of many folks around the holidays, Silent Night is a fun to play and easy to learn holiday tune written with a Waltz feel, 3/4 time.

With only 3 chords in the whole tune, you’ll quickly be able to get this song up to speed on the fretboard, allowing you to jam it along with friends and family around the holiday season.

As well as presenting the Silent Night easy guitar chords, there’s a jazzy arrangement with some extended chord shapes, and a solo guitar version of the song included in this lesson for those that want to spice up the tune a bit in your playing.

 

 

Silent Night Easy Guitar Chords

 

If you want to learn Silent Night easy guitar chords, here’s a lead sheet featuring the traditional chords to this holiday classic.

It’s written in the key of C, which you can use to play and sing with friends and family around the holidays.

The first stanza of lyrics is on the lead sheet, but you can find the full Silent night lyrics at this page.

There are three chords in Silent Night, which you can use to help change the key of the song if needed:

 

  • I = C
  • IV = F
  • V7 = G7

 

As well, there’s a transposition chart at the bottom of this lesson that you can use a reference to move Silent Night to other keys when playing it with singers, as it can often fit better for vocalists in other keys depending on their range.

 

 

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If you’re new to the chords presented in this arrangement, you can use these open-position chord grids to help you get these shapes under your fingers.

 

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To make it easier to transpose Silent Night to other keys, and to push your technique a bit further when strumming these chords, here are the barre chord shapes for each chord in the tune.

These chords are more difficult to finger on the guitar, so if they’re beyond your technical ability at this point, no worries, just play the open chords above.

With time, barre chords will be within your reach on the fretboard.

 

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Silent Night Guitar Chords – Jazz Changes

 

For those who want to jazz up your Silent Night chords, here’s an arrangement that you can learn and play with yourself or others singing the lyrics.

Each chord may have a jazz slant to it, but the chords will all fit with the melody, making it easy to “jazz up” your next classic Christmas songs carol session.

 

 

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If you’re new to reading Jazz chord charts, here are some chord voicings that you can use for each chord in Silent Night, the jazz arrangement .

Take your time with these changes if they’re new.

With practice, they’ll become comfortable and you’ll be able to apply them in real time to any new tune you learn on the guitar.

 

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Silent Night Chord Melody Arrangement

 

As well as playing Silent Night with a vocalist, either yourself or others singing, you can learn to play a solo guitar version of this traditional holiday song.

Here’s a chord melody arrangement of Silent Night that uses the jazz chord changes that you learned above.

The song can be played in time, or rubato (no tempo), either will work well with this arrangement.

Have fun learning this chord melody, as it will push your chops on the guitar and give you a fun solo guitar song to play around the holidays for friends and family.

 

Click to hear Silent Night Chord Melody

 

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Silent Night in 12 Keys – Transposition Guide

 

Though playing Silent Night in C sits comfortably on the guitar, it isn’t always the best key for any vocalists that are singing along with your guitar playing.

Because of this, you might have to change the key for your Silent Night guitar chords when comping behind singers around the holidays.

To help you quickly change the key to Silent Night, here are the chords in all 12 keys for the song.

Once you know the key, you can just replace the chords in C from the chart above with the new chords and you’re all set to go in that new key.

 

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We Three Kings Guitar Chords

 

One of the most commonly sung holiday songs with a 6/8 time signature, We Three Kings is a fun and sometimes challenging song to play on guitar.

When learning the We Three Kings guitar chords, you’ll have to navigate a few 7th chord shapes, as well as find a 6/8 groove that fits the vocal line.

This can take some time to work out, but once you get the feel for the groove and the changes in the song, it’ll all come together to be one of your favorite classic Christmas songs to play this season.

In this section, you’ll learn We Three Kings easy guitar chords, a jazz arrangement of those chords, as well as solo guitar version of the song to play with friends and family.

 

 

 

We Three Kings Easy Guitar Chords

 

To help you learn to play We Three Kings guitar chords, here are the easy guitar chords, with lyrics, in the key of G that you can learn how to play

I’ve included the first section of lyrics, but you can refer to these further lyrics if you want to learn to sing the entire song.

There are 7 chords in We Three Kings that you’ll need to learn when playing the song on guitar.

You can use the Roman Numerals to help transpose the chords if needed, and refer to the transposition chart at the end of the lesson if you need any help.

While the first half of the song can be thought of in the key of Em, you’ll find that it’s easier to quickly transpose the chords if you relate them all to the tonic key of G major, as you’ll see here.

 

  • vi = Em
  • III7 = B7
  • V = D
  • I = G
  • ii = Am
  • V7 = D7
  • IV = C

 

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If you’re new to these chords, here are the basic shapes for We Three Kings, using only open-position chords in the arrangement.

 

 

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To expand upon these chords on guitar, here are barre chords for We Three Kings that you can practice and play with friends around the holidays.

 

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Barre chords are more challenging to finger compared to open-position chords, but they will make it easier to transpose the song when it comes time to jam We Three Kings in other keys.

 

 

We Three Kings Guitar Chords – Jazz Changes

 

If you’re looking for a different approach to playing We Three Kings this holiday season, you can learn the following jazz chords that’ll fit with the melody to the song.

Sometimes adding a bit of a twist to classic christmas songs can help breathe new life into a song that’s been sung with family and friends for years.

As well, you can use this arrangement to challenge yourself in the practice room by expanding your chord voicings and jazz harmony this season.

 

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If you’re new to jazz guitar, but want to explore this arrangement, here are sample chord voicings that you can use to play the We Three Kings jazzy changes .

 

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We Three Kings Chord Melody Arrangement

 

The last version of We Three Kings in this lesson is a chord melody arrangement, which can be played on a gig with a band, or as a solo guitar arrangement on your own.

As well, you can play this version in tempo, with the 6/8 feel this song is famous for, or you can play it out of time to slow it down and let each chord breathe alongside the melody.

However you choose to perform this arrangement will be cool.

Just take your time learning the chords, and most importantly, have fun with it in your practicing and playing.

 

Click to hear we three kings chord melody

 

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We Three Kings in 12 Keys – Transposition Guide

 

If you’ve ever played Christmas carols with vocalists, you’ll know that they don’t always sing the chords in the original key .

To help you quickly find the We Three Kings guitar chords in any key, here’s a transposition chart that lays out each chord in all 12 keys to use as a reference.

 

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What Child is This Guitar Chords

 

One of the most popular classic Christmas songs, What Child is This has been a staple of any carol or holiday sing along for many years.

Also referred to as Greensleeves, the 3/4 time feel and minor key of What child is This combine to create a haunting chord progression and vibrant melody line.

Though it’s often sung during the holidays as What Child is This, learning the chords and solo guitar version will allow you to play Greensleeves all year round.

In this section, you’ll learn how to play the What Child is This guitar chords, how to jazz up those chords, and study a solo guitar version of this holiday song.

 

 

What Child is This Easy Guitar Chords

 

To help you learn how to play What Child is This on guitar, here are the easy guitar chords along with the lyrics so that you can sing along with your guitar if needed.

This song is in the key of E minor, and it starts and ends on that tonic Em chord.

There are six chords in this song, which you can see written here as Roman Numerals to make it easier to think about when transposing this holiday song to other keys.

 

  • Im = Em
  • bIII = G
  • bVII = D
  • v = Bm
  • bVI = C
  • V7 = B7

 

Now that you know about the What Child is This chord progression, you’re ready to learn it on the guitar.

I’ve included the first section of lyrics for What Child is This in the lead sheet below, but you can refer to these further lyrics if you want to learn to sing the entire song.

 

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If you’re new to these chords, here are the What Child is this guitar chord shapes, using only open-position chords to begin.

 

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To expand on these guitar chords, here are barre chords for What Child is This that you can practice and use to play the changes to this holiday song.

Barre chords can be more of a challenge to play compared to open-position chords, but they will make it easier to transpose What Child is This when it comes time to strum the song in other keys.

 

 

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What Child is This Guitar Chords – Jazz Changes

 

For those guitarists that want to jazz up this holiday song, here’s a What Child is This lead sheet with jazz chords replacing the original chords in the song.

While these chords may not be the originals, each chord works with the melody and so you’d be able to use this arrangement with a vocalist or choir if you wish.

 

 

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If these types of jazz chords are new to you, here are sample voicings that you can use to play the chord progression above.

 

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What Child is This Chord Melody Arrangement

 

Though it’s always fun to play and sing carols around the holiday season, sometimes you just want to relax with your guitar and play these songs by yourself.

To help you build your chord melody chops and repertoire, here’s a solo guitar version of What Child is This that you can learn and play for friends and family around the holidays.

 

Click to hear what child is this chord melody

 

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What Child is This in 12 Keys – Transposition Guide

 

To finish learning how to play What Child is This on guitar, here’s a reference guide that you can use to quickly transpose this holiday song to any key.

Sometimes singers aren’t comfortable singing in the original key, and so being able to move keys quickly will make it easier when playing What Child is This with a vocalist.

 

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