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The Easiest Christmas Songs to Learn on Guitar

Everyone loves Christmas music, but everyone hates bar chords. If you're a beginner guitar player looking for some fun songs to play this holiday season or if you're an advanced player looking for something to learn quickly on the spot, here are five easy guitar songs to learn this Christmas. The sheets for these songs are free and all of them use six or less basic chords.


Silent Night

Note: Obviously Tori Kelly is singing acapella here so this arrangement of Silent Night isn't hers, it's just a generic arrangement.


The chord chart for this version of Silent Night was originally posted on Ultimate Guitar (which is a really cool site where you can find free tabs and charts for pretty much any song you could imagine.)


Strumming pattern: DDUDU

Time Signature: 3/4 time.


G D7 G Silent Night, Holy Night, all is calm, all is bright, C G C G 'round yon virgin, mother and child, Holy infant so tender and mild, D7 G D7 G sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace. G D7 G Silent Night, Holy Night, Shepherds quake, At the sight. C G C G Glories stream from Heaven above, Heavenly Hosts sing Alleluia, D7 G G D7 G Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born! G D7 G Silent night, Holy night, Son of God, Love's pure light, C G C G radiant beams from Thy Holy face, with the dawn of re-deeming grace, D7 G D7 G Jesus, Lord at Thy birth, Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.


Greensleeves/ What Child Is This?

Strumming Pattern: DDU or whatever feels right for you

Time Signature: 3/4


   Am               G       Em What Child is this who, laid to rest    Am            E On Mary's lap is sleeping?      Am     C                Em Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,       Am                  E While shepherds watch are keeping?

            G          Em This, this is Christ the King,      Am                  E Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.                G         Em Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,     Am        E The Babe, the Son of Mary.


The same chord progression follows for the rest of the verses of this song.


Why lies He in such mean estate, Where ox and ass are feeding? Good Christians, fear, for sinners here The silent Word is pleading.


Nails, spear shall pierce Him through, The cross be borne for me, for you. Hail, hail the Word made flesh, The Babe, the Son of Mary.


So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh, Come peasant, king to own Him; The King of kings salvation brings, Let loving hearts enthrone Him.


Raise, raise a song on high, The virgin sings her lullaby. Joy, joy for Christ is born, The Babe, the Son of Mary.


Last Christmas

Time Signature: 4/4

Strumming pattern: DDUDUDU


C Last Christmas I gave you my heart Am But the very next day you gave it away Dm This year, to save me from tears G I'll give it to someone special C Am Dm G C Once bitten and twice shy Am I keep my distance but you still catch my eye Dm Tell me baby, do you recognise me? G Well, it's been a year, it doesn't surprise me C (Merry Christmas) I wrapped it up and sent it Am With a note saying "I love you", I meant it Dm Now I know what a fool I've been G But if you kissed me now I know you'd fool me again Chorus x2 C Last Christmas I gave you my heart Am But the very next day you gave it away Dm This year, to save me from tears G I'll give it to someone special C A crowded room, friends with tired eyes Am I'm hiding from you and your soul of ice Dm My God, I thought you were someone to rely on G Me? I guess I was a shoulder to cry on C A face on a lover with a fire in his heart Am A man undercover but you tore me apart Dm Now I've found a real love (now I've found) G You'll never fool me again C Last Christmas I gave you my heart Am But the very next day you gave it away Dm This year, to save me from tears G I'll give it to someone special C A face on a lover with a fire in his heart Am A man undercover but you tore him apart Dm Maybe next year I'll give it to someone G I'll give it to someone special


Mistletoe

Strumming pattern: DDDDU

Time Signature: 4/4


G

It’s the most beautiful time of the year D Lights fill the streets spreading so much cheer Em I should be playing in the winter snow C But I'mma be under the mistletoe G I don’t wanna miss out on the holiday D But I can’t stop staring at your face Em I should be playing in the winter snow C But I’mma be under the mistletoe G D With you, shawty with you Em With you, shawty with you C With you under the mistletoe G Everyone's gathering around the fire D Chestnuts roasting like a hot July Em I should be chilling with my folks, I know C But I’mma be under the mistletoe G Word on the street Santa's coming tonight, D Reindeer's flying through the sky so high Em I should be making a list, I know C But I’mma be under the mistletoe G D With you, shawty with you Em With you, shawty with you C With you under the mistletoe G D With you, shawty with you Em With you, shawty with you C With you under the mistletoe G D Aye, love, the wise men followed the star Em The way I followed my heart C And it led me to a miracle G D Aye, love, don't you buy me nothing Em C 'cause I am feeling one thing, your lips on my lips That’s a merry, merry Christmas G It’s the most beautiful time of the year D Lights fill the streets spreading so much cheer Em I should be playing in the winter snow C But I'mma be under the mistletoe G I don’t wanna miss out on the holiday D But I can’t stop staring at your face Em I should be playing in the winter snow C But I’mma be under the mistletoe G D With you, shawty with you Em With you, shawty with you C With you under the mistletoe G D With you, shawty with you Em With you, shawty with you C With you under the mistletoe G Kiss me underneath the mistletoe D Em Show me baby that you love me so-oh-oh C Oh, oh, ohhh G Kiss me underneath the mistletoe D Em Show me baby that you love me so-oh-oh C Oh, oh, ohhh


Little Saint Nick

Strumming pattern: DDUDUDUD

Time signature: 4/4


D Oooooooo Em A Merry Christmas santa D Christmas comes this time each year Em A Oooooooo oooooooo Em A Em A Well, way up North where the air gets cold D D^ D D' There's a tale about Christmas that you've all been told Em A Em A And a real famous cat all dressed up in red D D^ D D' And he spends the whole year workin' out on his sled. G It's the little Saint Nick, little saint nick Em A It's the little Saint Nick....little saint nick Em A Em A Just a little bobsled, we call it ol' Saint Nick D D^ D D' But she'll walk a tobogan with a four speed stick Em A Em A She's ol' candy apple red with a ski for a wheel D D^ D D' And when Santa hits the gas, man, just watch her peel. G It's the little Saint Nick little Saint Nick Em A It's the little Saint Nick little Saint Nick G run run reindeer C run run reindeer ahhhhhhhh G run run reindeer E (break) run run reindeer we don't miss no one Em A Em A He's hauling through the snow at a frightenin' speed, D D^ D D' With a half a dozen deer with a-Rudy to lead, Em A Em A He's gotta wear his goggles 'cause the snow really flies D D^ D D' And he's cruisin' every pad with a little surprise. G It's the little Saint Nick, little saint nick E It's the little Saint Nick A little Saint Nick D ahh Ooooooo Em A D Merry Christmas santa D Em A D Christmas comes this time each year


D ahh Ooooooo Em A D Merry Christmas santa D Em A D Christmas comes this time each year

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