Easy Christmas Songs on Guitar to Play for Family & Friends

Christmas is the season of giving and sharing. I was thinking what gift could I share? That’s when I decided, how cool it would be to show you easy Christmas songs on guitar. This way you can share your gift with your family and friends too.

So if your wondering what easy Christmas songs on guitar do I have in mind. Here are the easy songs on guitar:

  • Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley Style
  • Silent Night – Classic Country
  • Christmas Don’t Be Late (Alvin & the Chipmunks)
  • Santa Clause is Coming to Town – Vince Gill Style Guitar
  • Silver Bells
  • Rudolph the Red Nose Rain Deer – Classic Christmas song
  • Frosty the Snow Man
  • Jingle Bells- Christmas Classic
  • I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas – Gala Peevey
  • All I Want for Christmas is You – Vince Vance & The Valiants

If your ready to share the joy of Christmas by learning some easy Christmas songs on guitar, and then playing them for your family and friends. I can’t think of a better Christmas present sent with love. Grab your guitar and buckle up Santa Clause is coming to town!


Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley Style

Tis the season to learn this great Christmas song. Which has some easy chords in it. And is really fun to play. It’s a Rocking blues Christmas song. Lets start off by showing you what chords are in this easy Christmas song Blue Christmas.

The E, B, B7, E7, A, F#7, and a G#. There are a couple of bar chords, but don’t worry I will give you everything you need to master them too. But first the chord diagram for these chords and how to play them.

E Major Chord

The E Major Chord is Played like this:

  • First finger is at the first fret, on the G string. (3rd string)
  • Second finger is on the second fret, on the A string. (5th string)
  • Third finger is on the second fret, on the D string. (4th string)
  • When you play the E chord you strum all the strings.

I Look at this quick tip. If you need a quick refresher on how to read a chord chart.

The next chord is the B Major chord. See below how to make the B chord.

  • When Playing the B Major chord Place your first finger at the second fret of the A string. Which is the 5th string. Then use your 3rd finger, and you want to bar strings 4, 3, and 2.

Tips for Playing Bar Chords

Some bar chords are difficult to make when you are first starting out. This is due to the fact that your fingers have not built up the strength needed to play the chords. If this is you I recommend practicing Finger strengthening and dexterity.

But don’t worry the more you play your guitar the more you will build up muscle memory and finger dexterity. Another chord in this Christmas song is the B7. There are a couple of ways to play the B7 in the open position. Here is the easiest.

B7 chord

As you can see by the chord diagram above there is a finger on the high E string. The first string can be played with your pinkie. Or you can just not play the high E string. Like I said the easiest way is without that string. Then there are just three strings to contend with. But you will see it’s a little tricky getting your fingers in that position.

  • Your first finger is on the D string, at the first fret. (4th string)
  • Second finger is on the A string, at the second fret. (5th string)
  • Third finger is on the G string, at the second fret. (3rd string)
  • When playing the B7 don’t play the 6th string. If your not using the high E string. Then don’t play the E string.


The Basic Chords in Blue Christmas

E7 Open chord
E7 Open Chord
  • First finger is on the G string, at the first fret. (3rd string)
  • Second finger is on the A string, at the second fret. (5th string)
  • You can strum all the strings when playing the E7 chord.

A Major chord is the next chord to learn. Take a look at the A chord in the diagram below.

A open Chord
  • All three fingers are positioned at the second fret.
  • first finger is on the D string. (4th string)
  • Second finger is on the G string. (3rd string)
  • Third finger is on the B string. (2nd string)
  • When strumming the A chord Don’t play the low E string. (6th string)

Playing a bar chord may feel very difficult, but here is some tricks that will make it easier to play bar chords. While it is not the F# it is the same shape 5 Ways to play the F chord.

If you have problems making bar chords; Learn the secrets to making barre chords.

  • Use your index finger and bar across all the strings at the second fret.
  • Your Second finger is on the G string, at the third fret. (3rd string)
  • Then place your third finger on the A string, at the fourth fret. (5th string)
  • You can strum all the strings when playing the F#7 bar chord.

The above image shows an Ab or A flat. Which is the same as the G#. The G# is what we are using in this song. If you want to learn more about the notes, chords and how they work up and down the neck of the guitar. You might consider this Guitar Bootcamp course.


How to Strum Blue Christmas Easy on Your Guitar

Okay so now you know what chords we are going to use to Play Blue Christmas. Let’s look at the strumming Pattern. Chord progression and rhythm. Also the lyrics will be listed below in this post. This is all to help you play the song blue Christmas, but some may just want to watch a video. If that’s you click the link for Basic Chords to Blue Christmas-Elvis.


The song starts with the E chord. What we are going to do is alternate the bass note of the chord. So to do this you first want to get your fingers in position to play the E Major chord. In the open position like I showed you earlier.

Then you pick the 6th string and strum down one time. After that pick the 5th string and strum down again. If you are not used to this style of strumming. It is found in a lot of Country songs. You are going to alternate between the E string and the A string.

Just practice until you get it. Then we are moving to the next chord. Which is the B chord. To Alternate the bass line of the B chord. You are going to first set up your fingers to make the B Major chord. If you need help with it, refer to the chord diagram previously shown in this post.

After setting your fingers in position pick the 5th string. Then strum down one time on the B chord. Then raise your first finger up to the second fret of the 6th string. Play that note, which is the F#. So you are picking the E string when your index finger is in position. Then strum down again.

Alternate the Bass Notes

Again you are alternating between the bass notes. Practice playing the B chord. Also I would practice going from the E chord and transitioning to the B chord. If you struggle with playing chords and transitioning smoothly between them, you might consider a guitar course that will help propel your guitar playing.

The next chord is the B7 Chord. To Alternate the picking on the B7 we are going to pick the A string. Which is the 5th string, then strum down. Of course this is after you have set your fingers in position to play the B7 guitar chord.

Once you have strummed down on the B7 chord, then you are going to pick the D string. Which is the 4th string. And strum down on the strings. Alternating back and fourth.

Blue Christmas Chord Progression

The song starts with the E major chord. You play a bar of E. Then it moves to the B Major chord. It is also one bar of B. And then move to the B7 Chord, and play a bar of the B7.

Note: The song is in 4/4 time. So count the beat. Count to 4 when you are playing a chord. That is a bar. Or a measure of music.

After playing a measure of the B7 chord, then you play the E chord again. But this time you play two bars of the E chord. Next chord is the E7, and a bar of the A Major chord.

Then There is a Walk Up

And then there is a walk up to – . What you want to do for that is play the open A string. Which is the 5th string. Then use your 3rd finger to play the G# on the 6th string. Place your finger on the 4th fret of the 6th string. Pick the 6th string.


Then the next note in the walk up is G. Which is the 3rd fret of the 6th string. You will want to place your second finger there. And pick the 6th string. Next place your first finger on the second fret of the 6th string. Then pick the 6th string, playing the F#.

At the same time you are going to use that first finger to bar across all the strings at the second fret. Because immediately after that the next chord in the progression is the F#7. You play a bar of the F#7, and then you are going to play the B7 Chord. And that you just play is one time and actually stop the ringing of the chord.

Tip– Going from the F#7 to the B7 may take a little practice. I would recommend setting up the F#7 and just practice going from that chord to the B7. Over and over again. At first don’t even worry about strumming. Just go slow move from one chord to the next. It’s all about muscle memory. The more you practice slowly the easier it will become. When you do get it. Try going from the B7 to the F#7.


Lyrics to Blue Christmas

 I'll have a blue Christmas without you  
 I'll be so blue just thinking about you 
 Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree 
 Won't be the same dear, if your not here with me 

 And when those blue snow flakes start falling 
 That's when those blue memories start calling 
 You'll be doing all right, with your Christmas of white 
 But I'll have a blue, blue blue Blue Christmas 

 You'll be doing all right, with your Christmas of white 
 But I'll have a blue, blue blue Blue Christmas  
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How to Play Silent Night on Guitar – Classic Country

Ready to learn another great easy Christmas Song on guitar? This one is a Classic song. Silent Night. Your family is going to love when you play this for them. It’s such a warm song. And really easy to play on guitar.

Here are the chords we are going to use to play this easy guitar Christmas song: A, E, D, E7.

Here are the chord diagrams of the chords to play Silent Night.

Open Chords

Here is how you position your fingers for the A chord.

As you can see by the chord chart you are playing all on the second fret. You will use fingers one, two, and three to make the A open chord. Like this:

  • Your first finger is on the 4th string, 2nd fret.
  • The Position of your second finger is on the 3rd string also at the 2nd fret.
  • Lastly your third finger is on the 2nd string again at the second fret.

On the A chord, the strumming of the A open chord begins on the 5th string. I will go over how to strum this song. As the timing maybe a little bit different than what you are used to. First let’s go over the other chords in the song. Then we will cover the timing of the song.

E Major is the Second Chord in the Silent Night Chords Progression

The E chord which is the E Major Chord is next in the line up of chords. Here is how to place your fingers to make the chord. If you need help reading a chord chart click this link.

  • First finger is on the 3rd string at the 1st fret.
  • Second finger is at the 5th string 2nd fret.
  • Third finger directly below your 2nd finger. It is on the 4th string 2nd fret.
  • The strumming starts at the 6th string on the E chord.

As you can see unlike the A chord. The E chord you can strum all the strings. When you are playing the A chord you do not want to strike the 6th string.

D Major is one of the Silent Night Chords

Take a look at the D Major chord. Again we are going to use just three fingers. When we play the D Major chord. Just like the other two chords. Here is how to position your fingers to make a D Major chord on the guitar.

  1. Place your first finger on the 3rd string at the 2nd fret.
  2. Next put your 2nd finger on the 1st string at the 2nd fret.
  3. Then your 3rd finger is positioned at the 3rd fret on the 2nd string.
  4. The strumming starts on the D string. Which is the 4th string.

Like the A string You don’t want to strike 5th or the 6th strings. When you are playing the D chord. If you need to learn more open chords Click the link for the Guitar Bootcamp. You will learn more than just the chords.

You can play this song just with those three chords. But it adds a little bit to the song. If you play it with the E7 also. It adds a little bit of Flavor to the song. Also Once you know how to play the E chord then the E7 is easy.

E7 is in Silent Night One of the Easy Christmas Song on Guitar

Like I said the E7 is almost like the E Major chord. The difference is that you are not playing your 3rd finger. Basically place your fingers like you were going to play the E chord. Then raise your third finger. Now your playing the E7 open chord. Look like this:

  • 1st finger is on the 1st fret at the 3rd string.
  • 2nd finger is on the 5th string at the 2nd fret.
  • Like the E chord you can strum all the strings.

So there you have the chords we will be using to play Silent night. In order to play the song we need to know a couple of things. One that is really important you will need to know how to move from one chord the next. This is called transitioning. Click the link if you want an easy way to transition between the chords.


Silent Night Timing

Most songs that you here on the radio are in 4/4 time. Which don’t get to caught up on that. What you need to know is that if you can count to 4 then you will be able to play a song in 4/4 timing. But Silent night is different in that the timing it in 3/4 time.

You hear this timing a lot in Country music. So instead of the beat being 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4.

In 3/4 timing the beat is 1, 2 3, 1, 2 3, 1, 2 3, 1, 2 3. The accent is on the 1.

The way to play this Christmas song is to start the song with the A chord. Once you have your hands in position for the A open chord. You are going to pick the A string open. Then strum down two times.

Try it out pick the A string which is 1, then strum down (2) and strum down again (3).

The next chord in the progression is the E Major chord. After you have set your hands on the strings to make the E chord. You are going to pick the E string. Which is the 6th string. Then strum down two times.

When you play the D Major chord use the above diagram to place your fingers in position. Then you are going to pick the open D string. Which is the 4th string. And just like the other chords you are going to strum down two times.

Finally the last chord is the E7. After your fingers are set. You pick the E string. The 6th string, and strum down two times.


Lyrics to 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 for heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Hallelujah
Christ the Savior is born
Christ the Savior is born 

Christ the Savior is born. 

Silent night Holy night  
Son of God, oh Loves pure light
Radiant beams from thy Holy face
with the dawn of Redeeming grace

Jesus Lord at thigh Birth
Jesus Lord at thigh Birth 
Jesus Lord at thigh Birth 
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YourGuitarGuide Video Silent Night Guitar Lesson

If your like me seeing it brings it all together and makes things easier to learn. Take a look at how to play Silent night another easy Christmas song on guitar. Click here to watch the video.


Christmas Don’t Be Late (Alvin & the Chipmunks)

Another easy Christmas song. Made famous by Alvin and the Chip Monks. But in 1983 it was back in style, and had a revived popularity. Sung by Amy Grant, Vince Gills wife. On the album Tennessee Christmas, and again in 2016 on two new albums. This is such a fun song. I had to add it to the list. And the best thing is it is an easy Christmas song to learn.

If you just want to see the video here is the link to Christmas Don’t Be Late. Some people prefer reading and digging into the meat of the lesson. If that is you then let me show you the chords and every thing you need to play Christmas Don’t be Late.

Christmas Don’t Be Late Chords

If you need a quick review on how to read a chord chart. Click this link how to read a Chords Chart.

The first chord in Christmas don’t be late is the C, G7, C7, F, Dm

  1. Your first finger is on the B string. Second string at the first fret.
  2. Second finger is on the D string. The fourth string at the second fret.
  3. Then your third finger is on the A string. The fifth string a the third fret.
  4. When playing the C chord you don’t want to play the 6th string.

The next chord in the song Christmas Don’t be Late is the G7. Take a look how to play the G7 chord.

  1. First finger is on the E string. The first string, at the first fret.
  2. Second finger is on the A string. Which is the fifth string. At the second fret.
  3. Your third finger is on the E string. At the third fret of the sixth string.
  4. Strum all strings when playing the G7 chord.

C7 is the next chord:

Make the shape of the C chord. Then add the 7th to it. Like this!

  1. Your first finger is on the B string. (Second string), at the first fret.
  2. Second finger is on the D string. (fourth string), at the second fret.
  3. Then your third finger is on the A string. (fifth string), at the third fret.
  4. Place your pinkie on the G string. Which is the third string. On the third fret.
  5. When playing the C chord you don’t want to play the 6th string.

Christmas Don’t be Late also has an F Chord in the Song. A lot of guitarist chringe just thinking about playing the F chord. But really it doesn’t have to be a difficult chord to play. Once you know all the tricks to make playing the F chord easier. Take a look: At 5 different ways to play the F chord.

  1. At the first fret bar with your first finger, the first and second strings.
  2. Place your second finger on the G string, (Third String), at the second fret.
  3. Your third finger is on the D string. (fourth string), at the third fret.
  4. Don’t play strings 5 and 6 when playing this form of the F chord.

The last chord we are going to discuss that is in this great Easy Christmas song on guitar “Christmas Don’t be Late”, is the Dm. Or D minor chord. Look below at how to play the D minor Chord.

  1. Your first finger is on the E string, at the first fret.
  2. Then your second finger is on the G string. (third string), at the second fret.
  3. And your third finger is positioned on the B string. (second string), at the third fret.
  4. Strum from the fourth string down. Do not strum the Bottom two strings.

Timing of the Song Christmas Don’t be Late

Most songs are 4/4 time. A lot of Country songs are in 3/4 time. 4/4 time is the beat is counted one two three four. But when you have a song in 3/4 time. It is like a Waltz 1, 2 3, and the Accent is on the 1. It’s 1, 2 3, 1, 2 3, 1, 2 3, 1, 2 3. Practice saying that out loud with the accent on the one.

If you want to see how to play this easy christmas song on guitar take a look at this video from YourGuitarGuide. Christmas Don’t Be Late Beginner Guitar Lesson.

An Easy Christmas Song on Guitar Chord Progression for Christmas Don’t Be Late

The beginning of the song there is a walk up to the C chrod. Then it goes to the G7. The walk up is played like this: First place your first finger on the E string. At the 3rd fret. Pick the 6th string. Then pick the open A string. The 5th string. Open- meaning do not fret the string.

Then you want to play the second fret of the A string. Use your second finger at the second fret of the 5th string. And pick the 5th string. Then place your third finger on the 3rd fret of the D string. Which is the 4th string. You pick that, and position your fretting hand to make the C chord. This is happening simultaneously.

After playing a bar of the C chord. The next chord in the progression is the G7. Then once you have played a bar of the G7 you play another bar of the C chord.

The song goes from the C Major chord back to the G7. And once again the progression goes to the C. From there you play the F chord. That is after 2 bars of the C chord.

So you have a bar of the F chord, and then a bar of Dm. Back to C, G7 and C.

Lyrics to Christmas Don’t be Late

Christmas Christmas time is near
Time for toys and time for cheer
I've been good  but I can't last 
Hurry Christmas Hurry fast

Want a plane that loops the loop
Me I want a Hula Hoop
I can hardly stand the wait 
Please Christmas don't be late

I can hardly stand the wait 
Please Christmas don't be late 

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Santa Clause is Coming to Town – Vince Gill Style Guitar Lesson

Vince Gill has a lot of great Christmas songs and songs in general. But maybe you don’t know how good of a guitar player he is. In this easy Christmas song on guitar series; I’m going to show you how to play Santa Clause is Coming to Town. 

Here is the video showing YourGuitarGuide playing Santa Clause is Coming to Town. If you want to read more about how to play it, read below the video.

Here is a link to the Santa Clause is Coming to Town Guitar Tutorial. 

Let’s start with the notes. And be sure to get the tab for this one. It’s really going to help you learn this Christmas song. 

We are going to start on the ninth fret of the G string. Which is the 3rd string. Place your second finger there, and pick the G string. The next fret to cover is the 8th fret of the B string. When I say B string this is the 2nd string. Second from the bottom of the guitar neck. If you are sitting holding the guitar. And looking down at the strings. 

Once you’ve covered the 8th fret with your second finger. Then pick the B string. Now you want to bar the 5th fret. Using your first finger cover strings three & two. And pick those strings. 

Pick the 7th fret of the G string. Which is the 3rd string. Then pick the 6th fret of the B string. Of course after you have covered the fret with your fretting fingers. The easiest way to play this part is with your third  finger on the G string.  And your first  finger on the B string. Then pick those strings. 

Breaking the Parts of the Song into Pieces

With this song and guitar in general. You will find breaking things into pieces will help you learn it quicker. So take it slow learn a section. After you’ve got it down, then try another piece. 

Next you wan’t to slide from the 7th fret to the 9th fret. All on the Second string. (G string). It’s imperative you use the correct fingers. This song is at a somewhat fast tempo. Starting out go at your own speed. But eventually you will want to play it faster.

Using the correct fingers will help. So do the slide use your third finger. Slide from 7-9. Then on the second string pick the 8th fret with your second finger. 

You play that sequence of notes 3 times. After the third time come up to the 8th fret and cover the high E string with your first finger. You are going to hammer onto the 10th fret. 

This may sound hard, but really it’s not. If you are not familiar with how to 

Perform a “hammer on”, take a look at this video lesson how to play a hammer on

First pick the 8th fret, and then hammer on to the 10th fret. Using your 3rd finger. 

Then go back to the 8th fret of the 1st string. After covering the 8th fret. Pick the e string again. 

Then it Get’s a Little Tricky

Then it gets a little tricky! Use your third finger to bar strings 1, and 2, at the 8th fret. Use your first finger to play the fourth and third string individually. Your first finger is positioned at the 5th fret.

After your fingers are in position you are going to pick the first string and the third string. You pick them in that order two times. After that you pick the second and fourth string. Your first finger is now on the 4th string at the 5th fret.

So it is like this 1 3, 1 3, and then 2 4, 2 4, 2 4. Like I said it is a little tricky. So I would take this one peace of the song and practice doing these licks. Until you perfect it before moving to the next part of the song.

Then you go to the 6th fret on the 2nd string. And then the 5th fret on the second string. Then you slide to the 8th fret on the B string. The second string. Use your second finger. Pick the 5th fret and slide to the 8th fret.

When you get to the 8th fret you pick the B string two times. Go to the ten fret. Place your third finger at the 10th fret of the B string. Pick the B string.



Alternate Picking is an Alternate & Easier Way!

This song is at a fast tempo. So to make it easier to play I recommend Alternate picking. This is a form of picking style where you are moving your pick up and down. To play the strings. instead of playing all downward picks. This is a more economical way to pick.

From the 10th fret you move to the high e string. Which is the first string. Position your first finger on the 8th fret of the first string. Pick that e string 3 times. After that move back to the G string at the 9th fret. And pick the 3rd string one time. Go to the second string at the 8th fret and pick it three times.

Go back to the 10th fret and the notes that you play are on the second string. Fret’s 10, 8 and the note at the 6th fret. You pick the 10, and 8 one time and pick the 6th fret two times. You are then going to cover the 7th fret of the G string. Pick that note and slide to the 9th fret.

Pick the 8th fret of the second string and then the 6th fret of the B string. So you can see it is the same as what we just previously played. You play those notes in that sequence 3 times. And end with your first finger on the 8th fret of the first string. Pick it and pick the 10th fret of the first string. Covering the 10th fret with your third finger.

Start over on the 8th fret

Then is starts over. On the 8th fret second string. Cover the 8th fret with your first finger. and pick it. Place your second finger on the 9th fret of the G string. Pick the 3rd string. Keeping your first finger on the 8th fret pick it again 3 times.

Play the 10th fret of the B string. Pick the 8th fret of the high e string 3 times. Then move back to the 9th fret of the G string, and pick the 3rd string. Using alternate picking play the G string. Covering the B string at the 8th fret.

Picking the B string one more time, and then cover the 10th fret of the B string with you third finger. Play the B string. Toggle back to the 8th fret of the B string and cover it again with your first finger. Pick it and end on the 6th fret of the B string. Play that note two times.

You slide back to the 8th fret on the G string. And play it again then the next part is:

Playing the B string Riff

Starts on the 8th fret of the high e string. Where you are going to pick the e string. After covering that fret. And then Hammer on to the 10th fret, with your third finger.

Pick the 8th fret of the e string again. And then move to cover the 7th fret of the e string with your first finger. Play the e string. Next go up the neck to the 8th fret. Pick it and end on the B string at the tenth fret. Cover the 10th fret with your pinkie and play the B string. Pick it two times.

Then you play that again, but this time at the end of the run you pick the B string one time. Next little run is at the the 10th fret. Start there with your first finger covering the e string at the 10th fret. Pick the note and then Hammer on to the 12th fret or the first string. Use your third finger to Hammer the note.

After the Hammer on your first finger is still covering the e string at the 10th fret. Pick the e string again. Go back a fret to the 9th fret still on the e string. Play the e string. Move to the 10th fret and pick the e string again. Once you have played the note on the 10th fret. Now you are going to cover the 7th fret of the e string.

Alternate the Picking of the E String

Alternate the picking of the e string, and pick the 7th fret 3 times. Use your second finger and cover the 8th fret, pick the e string. Cover the 10th fret of the e string again. Play the e string. Place your second finger on the 8th fret and pick it. Again move to the 7th fret of the e string and play that note. This is all on the first string.

Next go up to the B string. The second string and use your pinkie to cover the 10th fret of the B string. Picking the B string, and then cover the 8th fret on the B string. And play the second string. Finally it starts over. Be sure to watch the video and get the Tab for this lesson.

Get the Tab for Santa Clause is Coming to Town

Get the tab for Santa Clause is Coming to Town. This will make this a heck of a lot easier on you. Use the tab as you learn how to play this easy Christmas song on guitar.

Lyrics to Santa Claus is Coming to Town

You better watch out. You better not Cry, 
You better not pout. I'm telling you why. 
Santa Claus is coming to town.

He's making a list. Checking it twice,
gonna find out who's naughty or nice.
Santa Claus is coming to town. 

He see's you when your sleeping
He knows when your awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake

He's making a list. Checking it twice,
gonna find out who's naughty or nice.
Santa Claus is coming to town. 
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Easy Guitar Song for Christmas – Silver Bells

Another great song and easy to play on guitar. And that is Silver Bells. The chords in this song are A, D and, E. This guitar lesson is based off of the Elvis Presley version of Silver Bells.

The song is in 3/4 timing like a waltz.

Most songs are 4/4 time. A lot of Country songs are in 3/4 time. 4/4 time is the beat is counted one two three four. But when you have a song in 3/4 time. It is like a Waltz 1, 2 3, and the Accent is on the 1. It’s 1, 2 3, 1, 2 3, 1, 2 3, 1, 2 3. Practice saying that out loud with the accent on the one.

  1. All three fingers are positioned at the second fret.
  2. first finger is on the D string. 4th string)
  3. Second finger is on the G string. (3rd string)
  4. Third finger is on thDe B string. (2nd string)
  5. When strumming the A chord Don’t play the low E string. (6th string)

D Chord finger position shown below.

Open D
  • Place your first finger on the 3rd string at the 2nd fret.
  • Next put your 2nd finger on the 1st string at the 2nd fret.
  • Then your 3rd finger is positioned at the 3rd fret on the 2nd string.
  • The strumming starts on the D string. Which is the 4th string.
E Major Chord

Finger position of the E Major Chord:

  1. First finger is at the first fret, on the G string. (3rd string)
  2. Second finger is on the second fret, on the A string. (5th string)
  3. Third finger is on the second fret, on the D string. (4th string)
  4. When you play the E chord you strum all the strings.

Here’s How to Play the Chord Progression in Silver Bells

Start the song with the A chord remember it’s 1, 23, 1, 23. So the easiest way to play this is by picking the bass note of the A chord. Which just happens to be the A string. So you pick the 4th string and then strum down 2 times.

Then move to the D chord. When playing the D chord You want to pick the D string. Which is the 4th string. Then you are going to strum down 2 times to play the notes of the D chord.

There is a bar of the A chord, and then a bar of the D chord. The next chord in the progression is the E Major chord. When you are playing the E chord. You are going to pick the E string and then strum down 2 times. Your next chord is the A Major chord again.

After that there is a little walk up to A. To play this you are going to play the open A string. Which is the 5th string. Then cover the B note on the second fret of the A string. Pick the B and then with your third finger cover the C#. Which is located at the 4th fret of the A string. Once you fret the C# pick it. Pick the open A and strum the A chord twice.

Once you strum down on the A chord two times the progression moves to the D chord. Next you play the E chord. Pick and strum 2 times. And back to the A chord.

Lyrics to Silver Bells

You then have another walk up to the A chord. Play the A chord, D, E, A, A, D, E, A. If you want to see the Video guitar lesson- How to play Silver Bells on Acoustic Guitar Click the link.

Silver Bells Silver Bells
It's Christmas time in the City
Ring a ling, here them ring
Soon it will be Christmas day

City Side walks, Busy Side walks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there's a feeling of Christmas

Children laughing people passing 
Meeting smile after smile
And on every street corner you'l hear 

Silver Bells Silver Bells
It's Christmas time in the City
Ring a ling, here them ring
Soon it will be Christmas day 

Strings of street lights even Spotlights 
Blink of bright Red & Green
As the shoppers rush home with their treasures

Here the snow crunch, see the kids bunch
This is Santa's big scene
And above all the bustle you'l hear

Silver Bells Silver Bells
It's Christmas time in the City
Ring a ling, here them ring
Soon it will be Christmas day 
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Rudolph the Red Nose Rain Deer – Classic Christmas song

Today I’m going to show you how to play a classic Christmas song on guitar-Rudolph the Red nose Rain deer.

The chords in this song are G, A, D, C, A7, and D7. The way to play this is with bass line picking. This style of picking is prominent in a lot of country songs.

  • Playing the G chord See the diagram above.
  • Place your second finger on the 2nd fret of the A string. (2nd string).
  • And your third finger is on the 6th string, at the third fret.
  • Your pinkie is positioned on the high e string. At the third fret.
  • You can play all the strings when strumming the G chord.
  • Playing the A chord See the chord diagram.
  • All three fingers are positioned at the second fret.
  • first finger is on the D string. 4th string)
  • Second finger is on the G string. (3rd string)
  • Third finger is on thDe B string. (2nd string)
  • When strumming the A chord Don’t play the low E string. (6th string)
  • How to play the D chord. The chord diagram is above
  • Put your first finger on the 3rd string at the 2nd fret.
  • Next put your 2nd finger on the 1st string at the 2nd fret.
  • Then your 3rd finger is positioned at the 3rd fret on the 2nd string.
  • The strumming starts on the D string. Which is the 4th string.

More Rudolph the Red Nose Rain Deer Chords

  • See the chord diagram above to play the C chord.
  • Your first finger is on the B string. Second string at the first fret.
  • Second finger is on the D string. The fourth string at the second fret.
  • Then your third finger is on the A string. The fifth string a the third fret.
  • When playing the C chord you don’t want to play the 6th string.
  • How to play the A7 Chord. Again the diagram is shown above.
  • Both fingers are on at the second fret.
  • your second finger is on the fourth string
  • And your third finger is on the B string.
  • When strumming don’t play the bottom two strings. (5 & 6)
  • Finger Position of the D7 see the above chord diagram.
  • Put your first finger on the B string. (2nd string), at the first fret.
  • Place your second finger on the G string. (3rd string), at the second fret.
  • Then your third finger is on the E string, (1st string), at the second fret.
  • As you can see by the chord diagram strum from the fourth string down. Do not play strings 5 and 6.

Playing the Song Rudolph the Red Nose Rain Deer With a Country Bass Line

The song starts with the G chord. So after you set up the G chord. Pick the bass G note. Which you will find on the third fret of the 6th string. Pick the 6th string and then strum the G chord. After that pick the A string. Which is the 5th string. And then strum the G chord again.

Then you play the D chord. After your fingers are set up to play the D chord. Pick the D string open. Which is the 4th string. And then strum the D chord. Then Pick the A string open. The 5th string and strum the D chord. Practice this.

When you get to the C chord. Once you have set your fingers in place to play the C chord. You are going to pick the C chord. Which the lowest bass C note in that position, is on the 5th string at the third fret. So pick the 5th string.

Pick then Strum!

Then strum the C chord. Immediate after that you are going to stretch your pinkie up to the 6th string. And fret the third fret of the 6th string. At the same time pick the 6th string. You are picking the 5th string, strumming the C chord. Then picking the 6th string, and strumming the C chord.

When you are playing the A7 chord. You want to pick the A string. Which is the 5th string, and then strum the A7. Next pick the 4th string, and strum the chord again.

When you play the D7. You pick the same strings as you would when you are playing the D chord. In other wards you are going to pick the D string. It is the 4th string and then strum the D7. Next strum the A string. That string is the 5th string. And strum the D7 again.

Rudolph the Red Nose Rain Deer Chord Progression

The song starts on G and there is 2 bars of the G chord. The next chord is the D. You play it for 2 bars and then go back to G. Where you stay on the G for 2 bars. Next your going to play another 2 bars of D. And go back to the G chord.

Then the chord progression goes to C. Play the C for a Bar and then G. After the G it goes to D. This is the second verse. “Then one Foggy Christmas eve Santa Came to say”. The D chord is played for another bar and then you play the A7, and then D7.

Then there is the Outro. Which is G for 2 bars. Next is D for 3 bars and then you go back to the G chord. Remember to pick the 6th string, strum, 5th string, strum.


Frosty the Snow Man

I hope your enjoying these easy Christmas songs on guitar. This has been so much fun. I love Christmas time and it is such a joy to show you how to play Christmas songs on your guitar. So the next song is Frosty the Snow Man. Let’s see what chords we need for this song.


If you want to look at what chords are in the song. The notes and read about how to play frosty the Snowman on guitar. Then continue to read. But if you just want to watch the video then click the link for Frosty the Snow man Guitar lesson.

Either way be sure to print out the Chord sheet for this one and the Tab.

7 Chords for Frosty the Snow Man

I’m going to show what chords are in the song if you want to play just the chords. But I am also going to show you how to play the melody. So here we go!

The chords are: G C D D7 Bm Em Am, Let me show you the Chord Diagrams and how to position your fingers to play the chords. If you already know great go to the next step which will show you the chord progression.

Chord diagrams are below.

How to Play the G chord

  • Put your second finger on the 2nd fret of the A string. (2nd string).
  • And your third finger is on the 6th string, at the third fret.
  • Your pinkie is positioned on the high e string. At the third fret.
  • You can play all the strings when strumming the G chord.

Playing the C open Chord

  • Your first finger is on the B string. Second string at the first fret.
  • Second finger is on the D string. The fourth string at the second fret.
  • Then your third finger is on the A string. The fifth string a the third fret.
  • When playing the C chord you don’t want to play the 6th string.

Next Chord is the D Chord

  • Place your first finger on the 3rd string at the 2nd fret.
  • Next put your 2nd finger on the 1st string at the 2nd fret.
  • Then your 3rd finger is positioned at the 3rd fret on the 2nd string.
  • The strumming starts on the D string. Which is the 4th string.

Playing D7 & Bm in this Christmas Classic

Playing the D7:

  • Place your first finger on the B string. (2nd string), at the first fret.
  • Put your second finger on the G string. (3rd string), at the second fret.
  • Then your third finger is on the E string, (1st string), at the second fret.
  • As you can see by the chord diagram strum from the fourth string down. Do not play strings 5 and 6.

Finger Placement for the Bm chord:

Use your first finger and bar all the strings on the second fret. From the 5th string up. The B note is located on the 5th string at the second fret. It helps to know where the notes are on the fret board so you can unlock 100’s of chords. In the Guitar Bootcamp course I teach you this and more!

  • Place your second finger on the B string at the 3rd fret.
  • Your third finger is positioned on the D string at the 4th fret.
  • Then your pinkie is on the fourth fret of the G string.
  • With this bar chord strum from the 5th string. Don’t play the 6th string.

The Em chord is in the Bridge of the song. Here is how to play the E minor chord.

  • Your 2nd finger is on the 5th string, at the 2nd fret.
  • Then 3rd finger is on the 4th string, at the 2nd fret.
  • Strum all the strings when playing the Em chord.

Playing the Am:

  • First finger is on the B string. (2nd string), at the first fret.
  • Second finger is on the D string. (4th string), at the second fret.
  • Third finger is on the G string. (3rd string), also at the second fret.
  • Strum from the open A string down. Don’t play the 6th string.

Below is the chords to frosty the snow man. In the chord sheet you will see that there is the intro verse, which is verse 1. Then a second verse, a bridge and the Outro. After the bridge there is another verse, (verse 1), and then Verse 2. Then the outro. Be sure to get the chords to help with your practice.

Then we will go into the melody. There is also tab for the melody. Check it out!

The Chord Progression to Frosty the Snow Man

Click here to Download the Sheet music

Picking the Melody of Frosty the Snow Man

The Melody starts with the open G string. We are playing in the Key of G. If you want to learn about chords and how to know where the notes are on the fretboard. And lots more then take a look at the Bootcamp course.

I will just tell you the strings and the fret. So we start with the open G string. The 3rd string. Then fret 2 and then 3 on the fourth string. Pick the 4th string.

The next set of notes is the open G string. Play the third string. Then on the B string. Cover the first fret and pick it. Play an open B string, and end back on the first fret. of the B string.

Then still on the B string. Cover your fingers on the 3rd fret, picking the 2nd string. Fetting the first fret of the B string. Pick the B string again. Then play the open B string. This little run of notes ends on the second fret of the G string.

Don’t forget the Tab for this lesson. It will help you practice. Also if you don’t know how to read tap take a look at this What is a guitar tableture a complete guide to use tab.

Next you want to play another open G string. And back to the B string to play the open B string. Which is the 2nd string and then fret the first fret on the B sting. Picking the B string. After that we are still on the B string. Covering the 3rd fret on the 2nd string, pick the string. Then cover the 1st fret, and pick the B string, then pick an open B string.

Ending the Run

Ending this run on the G string. Picking the second fret of the G string two times. Of course your fretting fingers are covering the second fret on the G string.

After that we have an open G string to pick. And fthen the first fret of the B string. Use your finger to cover the 2nd fret of the G string. And pick the G string. Next play the open B string, and 2nd fret of the B string. Cover it with a fretting finger, and play the B again.

The next set of notes in playing order is: Open G string, then cover the 3rd fret on the D string. Which is the 4th string. Still on the D string cover the 2nd fret, pick the D string, and cover the 3rd of the D string. Play the D string again. Then the open G string.

That section up until now was the same as the first part. But here is how it ends. Now when you get to open G string. You play the open G string again. The 3rd fret on the D string, and the 2nd fret open on D string. An open D string, and End on the 3rd fret of the A string. Which is the 5th string. See how knowing the notes will help you out. Get the Tab Here for Frosty the Snow Man Melody.


Jingle Bells – Christmas Classic

Another Classic Christmas song Jingle Bells. And also is an easy Christmas song on guitar. The Jingle Bells guitar Chords are, G, C, and D. Here is the chord diagrams so that you can see how to make the chords.

The chords finger positions are listed below.

Another way to play the G chord:

  • Put your first finger on the 5th string, at the second fret.
  • With your second finger play the 6th string. At the third fret.
  • Your third finger is on the 2nd string, 3rd fret.
  • And your pinkie is on the 1st string of the 3rd fret.
  • When playing the G chord you can strum all the strings.

Fretting the D open chord:

  1. Place your first finger on the 3rd string at the 2nd fret.
  2. Next put your 2nd finger on the 1st string at the 2nd fret.
  3. Then your 3rd finger is positioned at the 3rd fret on the 2nd string.
  4. The strumming starts on the D string. Which is the 4th string.

Finger position of the C chord:

  1. Place your first finger is on the second string at the first fret.
  2. Next your second finger is on the fourth string at the second fret.
  3. Then your third finger is on the fifth string, at the third fret.
  4. Don’t strum the 6th string. When playing the C chord.

How to Play Jingle Bells Guitar Chords (Easy Guitar Lesson)


How to strum to Jingle Bells

This is a Classic Country Christmas song. I will show you how to play it by picking the Bass line. Just like you hear a lot of Country songs being played.

The song starts on the G. And we pick the bass note of the G chord. Which is the G note on the 6th string. At the 3rd fret. So pick the 6th string, and strum the G chord. Then pick the 5th string and strum the G chord. Alternate the bass line.

Then the next chord is the C we are going to pick the bass of the C chord. Which is the C note.

In case your wondering is the 3rd fret of the 5th string. See why it would benefit you to know where the notes are on the fretboard.

You are going to pick the 5th string, and then strum the C chord. Next move that pinkie up to the 6th string, at the 3rd fret. And pick the 6th string. Then you are going to strum the C chord again. I would recommend Practicing picking and strumming both of these chords. And transitioning between them. Before you move to the next chord.

Once you get that we are going to move onto the D chord.

Now with the D chord you want to pick the lowest sounding notes of the D. The first is the D string. The fourth string. Then strum the D chord, and alternate to the A string, and pick the open A string. Then strum the D chord.

So now we know how to strum it. Lets look at the chord progression.

Chord Progression for Jingle Bells

The song starts out with a G chord after 2 bars of G next chord is C. You play a bar of C and then Play the D chord. After playing a bar of the D chord. The next chord is G. Play 2 bars of G. Then play the C for a bar. Back to G and then the chorus begins.

The chorus is G, G, C, G, D, G D. Now that you have the chords, the verse, and the chorus. You will be able to play jingle bells on your guitar. I hope you play for your friends and family. Have a Merry Christmas


Lyrics to Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
Over the fields we go 
Laughing all the way

Bells on bob tails ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to ride and sing 
a Sleighing song tonight

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells 
Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to ride 
In a one horse open sleigh

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells 
Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to ride 
In a one horse open sleigh 
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I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas – Gala Peevey

I really like no love this song. It is so much fun to play and again an easy Christmas song. You will be playing and enjoying it too. So let’s get right to it and see what chords are in the song.

The chords in the song are G D D7 A G7 C and A7. It seems like there is a lot of chords but the good news is they are all easy open chords. If you need help reading chord diagrams take a look at this quick refresher. How to read chord charts.

Here are the chords in this Christmas song.

The G Chord finger position:

  1. Put your second finger on the 2nd fret of the A string. (2nd string).
  2. And your third finger is on the 6th string, at the third fret.
  3. Your pinkie is positioned on the high e string. At the third fret.
  4. You can play all the strings when strumming the G chord.

D Chord Fretting position:

  1. Place your first finger on the 3rd string at the 2nd fret.
  2. Next put your 2nd finger on the 1st string at the 2nd fret.
  3. Then your 3rd finger is positioned at the 3rd fret on the 2nd string.
  4. The strumming starts on the D string. Which is the 4th string.

Making the D7 Chord:

  1. Place your first finger on the B string. (2nd string), at the first fret.
  2. Put your second finger on the G string. (3rd string), at the second fret.
  3. Then your third finger is on the E string, (1st string), at the second fret.
  4. As you can see by the chord diagram strum from the fourth string down. Do not play strings 5 and 6.

A Chord finger Position:

  1. All three fingers are positioned at the second fret.
  2. first finger is on the D string. (4th string)
  3. Second finger is on the G string. (3rd string)
  4. Third finger is on the B string. (2nd string)
  5. When strumming the A chord Don’t play the low E string. (6th string)

How to finger the G7 chord:

  • First finger is on the E string. The first string, at the first fret.
  • Second finger is on the A string. Which is the fifth string. At the second fret.
  • Your third finger is on the E string. At the third fret of the sixth string.
  • Strum all strings when playing the G7 chord.

Making the C chord on guitar:

  • Your first finger is on the B string. Second string at the first fret.
  • Second finger is on the D string. The fourth string at the second fret.
  • Then your third finger is on the A string. The fifth string a the third fret.
  • When playing the C chord you don’t want to play the 6th string.

A7 finger Position:

  1. Both fingers are on at the second fret.
  2. your second finger is on the fourth string
  3. And your third finger is on the B string.
  4. When strumming don’t play the bottom two strings. (5 & 6)

Strumming Pattern for I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

This song is in 4/4 timing. The strumming pattern for the song is. D U D U D U D U D D. Or another way to look at it is: Down Up Down Up Down up Down UP Down Down.

Here is the chord progression. The song starts with the G chord. There are two bars of G. Then you move to the D chord, and then D 7. You play the D chord for three beats and the D7 for one. And then the D7 for a bar. After that the chord progression goes to the A chord.

A bar of the A, 3 beat of the D7 and ends on the D. And the the progression goes back to the G. 3 bars of G and then D, and D7, A, D7, and D.

The next chord progression in the song is G7, C, back to G7, C and D7, G, A, D, D7. Then it goes back into the first verse.

Hippopotamus Song Chords

This song has a lot of chords in it. Click the link If you want to get the Chord Sheet for I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas. And enjoy playing and singing this song this Christmas.

Lyrics to I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do 
I don't want a doll, no dinky Tinker toy
I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas 
I don't think Santa Clause will mind do you
He won't have to use our dirty chimney flue
Just bring him through the front 
Door it's the easy thing to do

I can see me now on Christmas morning
creeping down the stairs
Oh what a joy and surprise, 
when I open up my eyes 
and see a hippo hero standing there

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do 
No crocodiles, No rhinoceroses

And hippopotamus like me too!
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All I Want for Christmas is You – Vince Vance & The Valiants

I remember the Christmas season when I first heard this song. Although this song has been song by many of artist. The way that Vince Vance and the Valliants perform it. Well to me it was music to my ear! Take a look at the chords in this song.

The Chords are A F#m D E C#m F# Bm Dm B7 Em. There are a lot of chords in this song. To help you learn this song. I made a chord sheet for you. Be sure to print it out.

All I Want for Christmas is You – Vince Vance Chord Progression

There are basically two chord progressions you need to learn in order to play this Christmas song. The intro of the song goes like this. A, F#m, D, and E. You play those 4 chords two times through. Then the verse starts. This song is at a pretty fast tempo. But starting off take it slow and learn all the pieces. Then you can pick up the tempo.

The Chord progression for the verse is. A, C#m, D, E, A F#. Then Bm, Dm, A, F#m, B7 and E. The Chords change every two beats. So you really need to practice transitioning between the chords.

The next progression to learn is:

  • A, C#m, D, E, A, F#
  • Bm, Dm, A, F#m, Bm, E, A
  • D, C#m-Em -Bm Bm, E, A
  • D, Dm, A, F#, B7, E
  • A, C#m, D, E, A, F#
  • Bm, Dm, A, F#m, Bm, E, A
  • D, C#m-Em -Bm Bm, E, A

There is an instrumental. And the chords are: A, C#m, D, E, A, F#, Bm, Dm, A, F#m, Bm, E, & A.

After the instrumental there is a verse. Below are the chords in the verse.

  • D, Bm, E, A, D, Dm, A, F# B7 E

Be sure to get the chord sheet. There is a link below.

Lyrics to All I Want for Christmas is You

Take back the holly and mistletoe
Silver bells on strings
If I wrote a letter to Santa Claus
I would ask for just one thing

I don't need sleigh rides in the snow
Don't want a Christmas that's blue
Take back the tinsel, stockings, and bows
'Cause all I want for Christmas is you

I don't need expensive things
They don't matter to me
All that I want, it can't be found
Underneath the Christmas tree

You are the angel atop my tree
You are my dream come true
Santa can't bring me what I need
'Cause all I want for Christmas is you

I don't need expensive things
They don't matter to me
All that I want, it can't be found
Underneath the Christmas tree

You are the angel atop my tree
You are my dream come true
Santa can't bring me what I need
'Cause all I want for Christmas is you
'Cause all I want for Christmas is you
'Cause all I want for Christmas is you 
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Don’t forget the Tab below. Print it out and get to practicing. Merry Christmas!


Related Questions

Chord Sheet to All I Want for Christmas is You Vince Vance

If your ready to learn an easy Christmas song on your guitar. Then get the chord sheet to All I want for Christmas is you by Vince Vance & the Valiants. Click this link for the Vince Vance All I want for Christmas Chord Sheet.


Electric Guitar Christmas Song

There are many songs I can think of that one could say are more fitting for an electric guitar. This song here can be played on an acoustic, but it is really more suited for an electric guitar. This is an electric guitar Christmas song. And is really a classic Christmas song. But once Vince Gill got a hold of it. Well it became an electrifying and more popular as ever. The song is Santa Clause is Coming to Town. Click this link to get the Video Tutorial. If you want to watch how to play it first. Then click this link.