It’s time! With Christmas just right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start learning your favourite Christmas guitaar Song.
Many experience guitarist actually suggest to start with learning Christmas Guitar songs as they are often less complicated. Not only are they easier to play, Christmas songs also bring joy, love and happiness. Especially when the song is being played by somebody you love or know.
That’s why we have created this list! Here are 24 Christmas Songs that you can learn to bring a smile to your family faces.
1. White Christmas
White Christmas, a popular Christmas song by Bing Crosby that was later covered by Michael Bublé, attracts a massive audience during the Christmas holidays. Using the guitar, this song can be fingerpicked or strummed but still produce marvelous sounds. G, C, D, F, and Cm are the main chords used to play this song.
2. We wish you a Merry Christmas
Arguably the most popular Christmas song ever, “we wish you a merry Christmas” uses the same tone year in/year out. It is an easy song to play on the guitar. You will need to place your third finger on string number 5 while your second finger lies on string 4. Majorly, the melody sounds are struck from the lowest to the highest with this song.
3. Frosty the snowman
This popular song attracts the AABA guitar structure. It can be played using the G-key on the guitar. Not only do kids love this particular song but also guitarists of all levels. Perhaps it is the main reason the cover of the YouTube video is a guitar; hence the song can easily be played on a guitar.
4. Jingle bells
Also known as the Christmas song from space, it was broadcast from space by Tom Stafford and his accomplice through a message from Gemini 6. The song was played on a harmonica by one of them. In addition, this song can be fluent on a guitar with the key of C-major.
Other keys include F, G7, D7, and C7. Key C is one of the basic keys while learning a guitar.
5. All I want for Christmas is you
This is a classic song by Mariah Carey you cannot escape. Many love birds sing this song to each other and it carries a lot of love. Luckily, the romance can be taken a notch higher by getting a guitar and playing the song on it. The key used is G while the standard tuning of the guitar is E-A-D-G-B-E.
6. Driving home for Christmas
This song is mostly sung by individuals who are away on vacations from home or those literally driving towards home for the joyful season. This song can sound melodious on the guitar. The key used is A while the standard tuning is E-A-D-G-B-E.
7. Feliz Navidad
This is a Spanish song that captures many hearts around the globe during and even after Christmas. Just like the singer, Jose Feliciano portrays on the music video, the song can be easily played on the guitar. The key used is G while the standard guitar tuning is E-A-D-G-B-E especially for a beginner. Key A and D can be used too by intermediate guitar players.
8. Joy to the world
This is a joyful Christmas song that has been widely used even in Christmas movies to tell stories. The words are biblical and it has many ways of playing and tuning the guitar. C major is the original key while the standard tuning for beginner guitarists is E-A-D-G-B-D.
9. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
A slow and mesmerizing song that is used on many occasions is the “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” song. The key to use is G and the song attracts different fingerstyles on the strings. The diversity of play makes it easy to play on the guitar too.
10. Silent night
This Christmas carol by Franz Xaver Gruber mesmerizes many people around the world. The G key is used alongside the D7, D, and C. for beginners, it is easier to stay on the major chords for easy play rather than switching from D7 to G7, which might be difficult to play.
11. Fairytale Of New York
The Pogues, official writers of this song had a guitar in mind when composing this melodious hit. Although recently chords to this song have changed, with a little practice beginners can easily master the art to it. The key used here is D. The intro to this song is slow and subsequently remains so for a major part of it.
12. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
This song produces a fun- galore for kids since it involves a reindeer character. The keys used here are G and C. moreover, while playing the guitar to this song, be sure to play it loud to get people to sing along as it is meant for joy and group fun.
13. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas
This song is popular that by the month of October, many shopping malls and restaurants usually start playing it. The key used is E while the standard tuning may be E-A-D-G-B-E, though there is more than one way of tuning. Ensure to get your guitar before December to play this song. It might just add an extra coin to your pocket.
14. Let It, Snow
Just like the name suggests, this song can easily make you fall like snow. However, you will need a guitar just before you fall with key G or Db. The key G is better for easy playing though. A-A-B-A is the structure of the song.
15. Merry Christmas Everybody
This is a song that uses key G to be played. This famous Christmas song by Slade is perfect for beginners as it is less complex and the structure is quite easy. For instance, the line “Does he turn up on his sleigh” goes with C and G.
16. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Written in 1934, this song is a buster during the season. It is sung in C but the key on the guitar while playing should be G. it is another easy song for beginners as, for instance, the first line has a G-C-G-C tune.
17. Blue Christmas
This song by Elvis has a popular following even after the Christmas period. Many music schools encourage future guitarists to use this song to learn the basics of a guitar. The key used is D and most sections are quite repetitive.
18. Little Saint Nick
This song is not only easy to learn but also fun to play as well. It was done by the band of the Beachboys in the early ’90s and the key for guitarists is G-major. A capo may be sued and other chords for intermediates too.
19. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
This is a song that requires a capo for your audience to sing along. The key A or G is used essentially to make the play easier. Intermediates can use other keys on their levels.
20. We Three Kings
Here, the melody lines are quite repetitive and require less effort playing the guitar. For beginners, this is an easy song to learn with as the key used in C-major. Moreover, the notes are close to each other making it less challenging from the beginning to the end.
21. Good King Wenceslas
This is a lyrical song that requires less practice to learn. The lines repeat themselves and contain more lyrics than notes. This makes it even easier to play. The second finger will be pressing string three in succession for this song.
22. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Ella Fitzgerald sang this song with the aid of a guitarist. It begins quite slow making it faster for a guitarist to learn the notes easily. Many dedicate this song to their loved ones and those using a guitar use key D and G, with D being for beginners.
23. O Come All Ye Faithful
Another Christmas song by Ella Fitzgerald is used often in churches during the season. The beginning of the song opens up with a D chord followed by repetitions in almost every stanza and chorus.
24. Last Christmas
This is a song by Wham that has topped European country’s lists during many Christmas seasons. It is an easy song to play using a guitar since the chords are only four and used repeatedly. Guitar keys D, A, Bm, and Em represent the four chords in the song.