White Christmas
Piano tutorial

"White Christmas" is an Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the version sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide.

The version most often heard today is not the original 1942 Crosby recording, as the master had become damaged due to frequent use.

Crosby re-recorded the track on March 18, 1947, accompanied again by the Trotter Orchestra and the Darby Singers, with every effort made to reproduce the original recording session.

There are subtle differences in the orchestration, most notably the addition of a celesta and flutes to brighten up the introduction.

The version you hear below is camera trickery using Bing and Micheal singing the classic "White Christmas".

Those of you familiar with this web site know that I am trying to help ear players get better at the craft so you will rarely find melodies written out with a few exceptions. 

I challenge and recommend that you work on training you ears to pick out the melodies so I always include a recording of some sort as well as a video tutorial to let you know how I might play the song.

I know seeing it done helps me a lot and gives me new ideas for different approaches to chords changes and melodies.

The chord changes you see below are suggested for the song but not written in stone or exactly like the original recording. They work well for me but please feel free to change them up to suit your ear and ability.

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas

Just like the ones I used to know

Where the tree tops glisten

And children listen

To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas

With every Christmas card I write

May your days be merry and bright

And may all

Your Christmases be white

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