How to Play Jingle Bells on the Piano

Jingle Bells is one of the most easy piano songs in the world. The great thing is that it's fantastic to play this song as one of your first piano songs and to learn to accompany yourself on the piano while singing it. You're going to be the surprise of the evening on Christmas eve when your family will discover you can play this song while they join and sing along.

So how are we going to learn to play "Jingle Bells" on piano? Well, to begin with we're going to learn to play the melody with the right hand, and then we're going to focus on playing the chords with the left. Finally we'll learn to accompany the song while singing the song. We'll play the chords with the right hand and we'll play the bass with the left hand.

The Melody

We can play the song in all different scale but I'm going to make it easier for us and play the song in a C major scale. I usually recommend trying to find the song by ear.

Now some of you can not or do not like to read piano notes. Since the chorus of Jingle Bells is built out of only five notes I'm going to simply write the letters of the key names. All you have to do is place your hand on the C above middle C position (So place your thumb on C and the rest of the fingers on D, E, F and G respectively).

Then play the notes as written here below. If a letter is written without any addition it last the length of one vowel in the song. The longer the line next to it the longer you have to hold the note. This tab will help you a lot.

Tip: Stay in the middle C position while playing and use all your fingers.

Chorus:

| 3 3 3_ | 3- 3 – 3__ | 3 -5 1 -2 | 3___ |

| e -e -e_ | e -e -e_ | e- g -c -d | e___ |

| Jin-gle bells | jin-gle bells | jin-gle all the | way |

| 4 4 4 4 | 4 3 3_ 3 3 | 3 2 2 3 2 5 |

| f- f- f- f | f- e- e_ ee | e- d- d- e | d_ – g_ |

| Oh what fun it | is to ride, in a | one horse o-pen | sliegh |

| 3 3 3_ | 3- 3 – 3__ | 3 -5 1 -2 | 3___ |

| e -e -e_ | e -e -e_ | e- g -c -d | e___ |

| Jin-gle bells | jin-gle bells | jin-gle all the | way |

| 4 4 4 4 | 4 3 3_ 3 3 | 5 5 4 2 | 1 |

| f- f- f- f | f- e- e_ ee | g- g- f- d | c____ |

| Oh what fun it | is to ride, in a | one horse o-pen | sliegh |

Verse: (In the verse we switch the hand position and place our right hand thumb on G under middle C)

| 1 5 4 3 | 1 1 1 |

| g – ed – c | g___ (gg) |

| Dashing through the | snow, In a |

| Bells on bob tails | ring_____ |

| 1 5 4 3 | 1 1 |

| g – e – d- c | a____ (a) |

| One horse open | sleigh |

| Mak -ing spi -rits | bright, What |

| 1 5 4 3 | 1 |

| a – f – e – d | b___ |

| O'er the fields we | go |

| First Ending:

| 5 5 4 2 | 3: ||

| g – g -fd | e ____: || X2 (Repeat verse but skip to 1st ending to 2nd ending. | Laughing all the | way: ||

Second Ending:

| 1 5 4 3 | 5 5 5 5 |

| a – f – ed | g – g – gg | (Play upper G in this bar)

| fun it is to | laugh and sing a |

| 5 4 3 2 | 1 |

| a – g – f – d | c_ – |

| sleig- ing song ton | ight |

The Chords:

In the left hand we're going to play the chords. The nicest thing is that this song contains only three chords. C major, F major and G major. Play them in the octave under middle C as follows (I'm already writing them in the most comfortable chord inversions).

C major: CEG

G major: BDG

F major: CFA

And here's the schema of the chords:

Chorus:

4/4 | C | C | C | C |

| F | C | G | G |

| C | C | C | C |

| F | C | G | C |

Verse:

| C | C | C | F |

| F | G | G | C |

| C | C | C | F |

| F | G | G | C |

Now do not forget to count 4 beats for each bar ok? First practice each hand apart and then try to mix them together. You'll be playing the song before you know it.

A's Here <br> free piano tutorial That will show you how to accompany the song Jingle Bells on piano.

Source by Dudu Yzhaki

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