Play The Christmas Song on Piano


4 Steps to Learning How to Play Any Song on the Piano

1. Determining the melody - Melodies determine what chords will be played. If you can use your ear to figure out what notes are being played in the melody, you are 1/4 on your way to learning a song! More resources on learning how to determine melodies

2.Harmonizing the melody - Once you have figured out the melody (using some of my techniques on the resource page), it is time to harmonize it. This is simply choosing various chords to accompany the melody. There are several techniques and tricks to doing this. More resources on learning how to harmonize melodies

3. Altering Chords - This is the best part! Now that you have strategically figured out the melody to a song and have harmonized it, altering your chords to produce certain sounds is the next step. If you were playing gospel music, you would alter your chords differently than if you were playing classical or country music. More resources on altering chords

4. Listening - After you have determined the melody, harmonized the melody, and altered some of your chords, there are various techniques you can use to make sure that your song sounds right. More resources on listening techniques

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Play The Christmas Song on piano using this lesson which provides chords, lyrics, and a video breakdown.

"The Christmas Song" which is also known as "Chestnuts roasting on an Open Fire" is one of the seasons best known songs. It was written in 1944 by famous jazz vocalist Mel Torme along with help from Bob Wells.

According to BMI  "The Christmas Song" is perhaps the most performed Christmas song of all time.

The most popular recording was by Nat King Cole and his original 1946 version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1974

I know that it is my favorite secular holiday song and I enjoy playing it in season.

I have included the definitive Nat King Cole version along with lyrics, Chord changes in the key of Eb and C major as well as a video breakdown showing some possible ways to harmonize the song in Eb.

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe
Help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight

They know that Santa's on his way
He's loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh
And every mother's child is gonna spy
To see if reindeer really know how to fly

And so I'm offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it's been said many times
Many ways, Merry Christmas to you

And so I'm offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it's been said many times
Many ways, Merry Christmas to you



 

If you want to Play The Christmas Song in the key of C major you will find the changes transposed from Eb to C major below.

If you would like to learn more about transposing chord changes so that you you can do it with automatically you may find the lesson on transposing music helpful.

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