Play Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas


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 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas piano.

This Christmas classic has some smooth changes and a great melody and holiday message. 

It is one of my favorite seasonal songs and I hope this tutorial is helpful.

The heart warming Christmas song Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas was immortalized by Judy Garland when she sang this song to Margaret O'Brien in Meet Me in St Loius and brought tears to the eyes of the audience.

The lyricist for Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas was Ralph Blane and the haunting music was composed by Hugh Martin. The song Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas was first published in 1943.

Until I started to research the song for this piano tutorial, I had never heard the Judy Garland version.

The lyrics have been altered a bit as the song has been passed down and around to just about every recording artist from Frank Sinatra to Christina Aguilera.

I decided to include the Frank Sinatra version because, hey, Its Frank!

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on your troubles
Will be out of sight, 

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the Yuletide gay
From now on your troubles
Will be miles away,

Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore, 
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us, once more,

Through the years we all will be together
If the fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough, 
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now

About the chords....

I really like this song because the melody and the chords work well together and provide the opportunity to play with different harmonizations.

If you are not sure of any of the chords you can find some help by visiting the lesson on Keyboard Chords and Jazz Piano Chords.

The link to Piano Chords will also guide you through much of the information you can use to figure out any chord in seconds without having to memorize individual notes.

As usual I have left out the melody as training your ear requires listening and picking out the melody for yourself! Just do it. It gets easier as you go along.

Also be sure to watch the tutorial video at the bottom of the page and oh yeah, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas friends!

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