The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to spread joy than by playing some festive tunes on your favourite musical instrument? Whether you’re a beginner or just looking for simple Christmas songs to entertain friends and family, these 10 songs are perfect for getting into the holiday spirit.
How to Play:
Each song on our list comes with a link to download the sheet music that can be played on the piano, guitar, violin, or any other melodic musical instrument. We’ve kept the arrangements simple and approachable so that even a beginner can learn them.
Included are each song’s famous lyrics beneath the melody notes, as well as the chords above the staff, which can also be played by the student or used for accompaniment with their teacher. We hope you have fun learning these songs!
1. Jingle Bells
Everybody knows this one! A classic favourite with a simple melody and easy chord progressions. Start with the basic melody, and then try to add the chords as you get more comfortable.
2. Joy to the World
A beautiful Christmas carol with just 3 easy chords. This arrangement is in the key of G major, so watch for the F# notes. There are also quite a few dotted quarter and half notes, so make sure you are getting the rhythm right when you practice.
3. Deck the Halls
This cheerful tune consists of many repetitive patterns, making it easy to pick up. Practice the main melody and if you want to make it more challenging, you can gradually add the chords for a fuller sound.
4. Silent Night
Known for its serene melody, “Silent Night” is perfect for beginners. Unlike the previous songs, this one is in a 3/4 time signature. Focus on the slow and steady tempo, emphasizing the melody’s sweetness.
5. O Christmas Tree
Written in 1824 and originally titled “O Tannenbaum“, this is a traditional German folk song which eventually became associated with the practice of decorating a Christmas tree. It’s an easy melody with some syncopation to watch out for when you practice.
6. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
An upbeat tune with a straightforward melody, this song is very beginner-friendly. Once you feel like you’ve got the main melody under your fingertips, feel free to experiment with different dynamics to really bring this song to life.
7. Frosty the Snowman
A lively and fun song about a magical snowman come to life. It’s got a catchy melody, so it should be quite easy to figure out. You can sing along with the lyrics as you play, or get your teacher to accompany you with the chords.
8. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
An enjoyable song that’s simple to play, “Rudolph” tells the story of a young reindeer who uses his luminous red nose to guide Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. When practicing this song, work your way up to a faster tempo to capture its playful spirit.
9. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
Another fun song that you will recognize. Although there is more happening than some of the previous songs on this list, it still has a straightforward structure. If you don’t know all the chords yet, this would make a perfect opportunity to learn some more chords to expand your musical vocabulary. Or if you’re not quite there yet, simply ask your teacher to accompany you while you play the melody!
10. Auld Lang Syne
While technically not a Christmas song, Auld Lang Syne is a beautiful melody that is traditionally sung on New Years Eve at the stroke of midnight. The lyrics were written by Robert Burns in 1788, but the melody is based on a Scottish folk song that dates even further back. Impress your loved ones at your next New Years Eve party with this iconic tune!
Remember, mastering these songs can take practice and patience. Start slow, working on one song at a time, and don’t be afraid to add your unique style as you become more comfortable. Happy playing, and have a wonderful and musical holiday season!