Circle of Love-Dolly Parton Song

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The first time I heard this song was on. a Dolly Parton Christmas Special. And she sang Circle of Love. Ever since I have been playing this song on guitar. And like most of Dolly songs there is a story, One that everyone should hear.

So I decided to do a guitar lesson and call it Circle of Love – Dolly Parton Song.

Here is what is in the Beginner Guitar Lesson: Circle of Love – Dolly Parton Song.

  • Circle of Love Chords
  • How to Arpeggiate the Chords
  • The Chord Progression
  • Circle of Love Lyrics
  • Bonus Video
  • Circle of Love Tab

If this sounds like something you would like to learn. Grab your guitar and let me show you how I play Circle of Love.

Circle of Love Chords

For the most part there are some easy beginner chords in the song Circle of Love. And Below are the chord charts on how to play the chords. Which are C Am F and G.

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Circle of Love Tab

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Open C Chord Finger Position

  • Place your first finger on the B string, at the first fret. (2nd string).
  • Your second finger is on the D string. 4th string, at the second fret.
  • Then your third finger is on the 5th string. At the third fret. Which is the A string.
  • When Strumming the C chord. Don’t play the 6th string.

How to Play Am On Guitar

  • Place your first finger on the 2nd string. The B String, at the 1st fret.
  • Put your second finger on the 4th string, (D string) at the second fret.
  • Then your third finger is on the G string, (3rd string) at the second fret.
  • Strum from the fourth string down.

F Barre Chord Finger Position

  • Your first finger is across all the strings at the First fret. Like a Capo.
  • Place your second finger on the 3rd string. (G string). At the second fret.
  • Then place your third finger on the 5th string. The A string, on the 3rd fret.
  • Under the third finger is your pinkie. Also at the 3rd fret on the 4th string.
  • You can strum all the strings when playing the F Barre Chord.

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  • Place Your first finger at the second fret of the A string. Which is the 5th string.
  • Put your second finger at the third fret on the E string. The 6th string.
  • Your third finger is at the third fret. On the B string. (2nd string)
  • Then place your pinkie on the third fret of the high E string. The 1st string.
  • When strumming the G chord you can play all the strings.

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How to Play Dolly Parton Circle of Love

The song is in 6/8 timing. Most songs that you hear are in 4/4 timing. Which means there is 4 beats in a measure. So your counting the beats 1 2 3 4. 1 2 3 4.

In Circle of Love the timing is 6/8. If you simply listen to the song. You can hear the beat. 1 2 3 4 5 6. 1 2 3 4 5 6.

This makes it really easy to Arpeggiate the chords. To play in 6/8 time.

What does this mean? To Arpeggiating the chords: You are taking the chord. For example the C chord. And instead of strumming the chord. You are picking individual strings.

And for the most part this is how the song is played. There is some strumming as the song progresses.

And if you are a complete beginner you could strum the song.

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How to Arpeggiate the Chords

This will show you how to arpeggiate the different chords. That are in the song. So that you will be able to play the song.

To make this easy for you. First off I will name the strings in the order that you need to play them.

Starting with the thickest string on the guitar 6. And going to the thinnest string 1. Okay so now that we are on the same page. Here are the chords.


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Circle of Love Arpeggiated C Chord

To arpeggiate the C Chord. First place your fingers on the strings to make the C chord.

If you need help with that the chord diagrams were shown previously. You can see them above.

You need to pick the strings one at a time in this order. 543 234.

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Arpeggiated Am Chord – Circle of Love

When playing the Am chord, in Circle of love. Arpeggiate the Am chord by playing the strings in this order. One at a time. 543 234.

As you can see, your picking the same strings. As when you play the C chord.

Circle of Love Arpeggiated F Barre Chord

After getting your fingers positioned to play the F barre chord. Pick these strings one at a time. Strings 432 123.

Arpeggiated G Chord

Set your fretting hand up on the guitar to play the G chord. Then you are going to want to pick the individual notes. Pick these strings one at a time: 6 432 34.


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Circle of Love Chord Progression

The chord progression to Circle of Love is broke down like this.

Intro is a little different : C 543 234 x2 Am 543 234 x2  F 4 3 2 1 23  123 123 …. C 543 231

Verse F 432 123 x2  C 543 234 x2 G 6 43 234 C 6 43 234 x2

Verse F 432 123 x2 or strum

Strum the Am and C back Am then

C 543 234     G 6 432 34   C 543 234    

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Circle of Love Lyrics

Circle of Love 
Halo of light
When Jesus was born 
On that Christmas night
And oh what a night 
That Holy night was 
When Bethlehem glowed 
In a Circle of Love

God sent his son
His Great Gift to us
Salvation for all
He loved us that much
We honor and Praise 
That gift from above
He holds all of us
In a Circle of Love

Circle of Love
Halo of Light 
When Jesus was born
On that Christmas Night
And oh what a night
That Holy night was 
When Bethlehem Glowed 
In a Circle of Love

Happy Birthday to you 
We praise and we sing
We celebrate you
Were so glad you came
Happy Birthday dear Jesus
Let us lift you up
How thankful we are
For all of your love

"So Jesus was born 
Wore his crown of thorns
And he gave it all up
to save all of us"


Circle of Love
Halo of Light 
When Jesus was born
On that Christmas Night
And oh what a night
That Holy night was 
When Bethlehem Glowed 
In a Circle of Love

A Circle of Love...
Circle of Love


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Related Questions

Circle of Love Chords

The chords in the song Circle of love are C Am F and G. They are all easy beginner chords. Except for the F Barre chord. But you could play an easier F chord.


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Did Dolly Parton Write Circle of Love?

Circle of Love Was Written By Dolly Parton. This Country song was recorded By another Country singer Jennifer Nettles in 2016. source


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Dolly Parton Circle of Love Live Performance

To get a feel for the song. And help you with the guitar lesson. Listen to this live performance of Dolly Parton’s Circle of Love off of YouTube.

Thanks for checking out my guitar lesson. I hope you enjoyed it and Merry Christmas. Sharon, YourGutiarGuide

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