This is the full fingerstyle guitar lesson for All I Want for Christmas Is You.
All I Want for Christmas Is You was written by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff and released in 1994. To date it is Carey's best-selling song and across the globe is recognised as one of the most popular Christmas songs around today.
This fingerstyle arrangement of All I Want for Christmas Is You is great fun to play but can also be quite a challenge at times. There's some pretty tricky chords to grip and the song is constantly moving all over the fretboard. Still, it really is a blast to play once you've learnt it!
Alright, let's start learning how to play All I Want for Christmas Is You!
- Key - G major
- Tuning - standard
- Difficulty - high intermediate - advanced
All I Want for Christmas Is You (Performance)
As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of All I Want for Christmas Is You, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.
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All I Want for Christmas Is You Guitar Lesson (Intro)
The intro to All I Want for Christmas Is You is essentially the same as the chorus (at least the melody is the same), it's just a more stripped down version of it. The harmonics in the first four bars are pretty hard to play but I show you in the lesson how you can simplify them. If you still find it too hard then just miss the first four bars out entirely.
How to Play the Verse
OK let's now jump into the verse. If you're not used to strumming whilst simultaneously plucking the melody line you will find this difficult but it's a technique well worth learning as it feels and sounds great.
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How to Play the Chorus
Remember that the chorus is has the same chord progression and melody as the intro. So you've done the vast majority of hard work already!
How to Play the 2nd verse
In the 2nd and 3rd verses the melody is slightly different from the 1st.
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How to Play the Bridge
The only other section of All I Want for Christmas Is You is the bridge. This section is great but it is hard and certainly requires some fretting hand strength.
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