Jingle Bells is probably the best-known Christmas song ever written. It was originally composed by James Lord Pierpont in 1857 and was first published under the name 'One Horse Open Sleigh'.
I've targeted this arrangement of Jingle Bells at people who are brand new to fingerpicking and perhaps even relatively new to the guitar. I've made it as easy as I can whilst still keeping it fun to play and sounding great.
Alright, let's pick up our guitars and learn how to play Jingle Bells!
- Key - C major
- Tuning - standard
- Difficulty - beginner
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Jingle Bells Guitar Lesson (Part 1)
OK let's jump into the lesson! Hopefully you don't struggle too much but remember to take things really slow and focus heavily on getting all the notes to ring out clearly.
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Hopefully you're now OK with the first section of this arrangement of Jingle Bells, let's now tackle the second part.
Want to learn more Christmas fingerpicking songs?
Want to learn more fingerstyle arrangements of famous songs?: Can't Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley), Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver), Don't Look Back In Anger (Oasis), Ticket to Ride (The Beatles), Have You Ever Seen The Rain (Creedence Clearwater Revival).
Alternatively you can browse the whole song catalogue: Song Lesson Library
Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Say what you found hard/easy, what level you're at and what your fingerpicking goals are.