• Week #2: “How To Play Jingle Bells And Twelve Other Christmas Melodies”

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    Who else is interested in learning how to play Jingle Bells and twelve other Christmas melodies?

    This is the second week of the Christmas on the Piano series and I want to thank you for your commitment and for being a part of this program. If you’re just joining us, feel free to check out the Introductory Lesson and The Notes, Key, And Scale You’ll Be Needing This Christmas.

    I know that chances are there that you have a piano app or software in your device. So, I came up with this lesson on Jingle Bells; where we’ll be learning how the melody can be played in the key of C major:

    Attention: There are twelve days of Christmas and apart from the Jingle Bells melody we’ll be learning in this lesson, we’ll also be learning twelve Christmas melodies; so you don’t run out of Christmas melodies from the first day of Christmas to the twelfth day.

    This is going to be a practical lesson. Move to the piano or make sure you have one downloaded and installed in your device because we’re going to learn more than a handful of Christmas melodies.

    How To Play Jingle Bells On The Piano

    The Jingle Bells melody is not just unique but interesting and I know you’re wondering what the Jingle Bells melody has that distinguishes it from every other Christmas melody.

    Well, before I proceed, let me say this: every Christmas melody is unique and interesting.

    “Now Back To The ‘Jingle Bells’ Melody…”

    I call the Jingle Bells melody is  a five-finger melody and this is because you can just keep the hand in one position and play the entire melody with the five fingers and five notes.

    In the key of C major:

    …you can play the melody using the first five notes in the key: C, D, E, F,and G:

    …and here’s the fingering information:

    The thumb on C:

    The index finger on D:

    The middle finger on E:

    The ring finger on F:

    The pinky finger on G:

    The good thing about this simple melody is that you never have to change or move your hand position or worry about notes that are outside the first five tones of the C major scale.

    “Let’s Go Ahead And  Break Down The Melody…”

    Jin:

    …-gle:

    …bells:

    …jin

    …-gle:

    …bells:

    …jin

    …-gle:

    …all:

    …the:

    …way:

    Oh:

    …what:

    …fun:

    …it:

    …is:

    …to:

    …ride:

    …in:

    …a:

    …one:

    …-horse:

    …o:

    …-pen:

    …sleigh:

    …hey:

    Jin:

    …-gle:

    …bells:

    …jin

    …-gle:

    …bells:

    …jin

    …-gle:

    …all:

    …the:

    …way:

    Oh:

    …what:

    …fun:

    …it:

    …is:

    …to:

    …ride:

    …in:

    …a:

    …one:

    …-horse:

    …o:

    …-pen:

    …sleigh:

    Now that you’ve seen the melody, I recommend that you repeat it a couple of times before you proceed to the other melodies that we have to learn.

    “Here Are Twelve Other Christmas Melodies…”

    You’ll find a dozen melodies in this segment and I guarantee that you’ll never run out of melodies in this season if you practice and master these melodies.

    All of them are given in the key of C major:

    …which is the official key of the Christmas on the Piano series.

    Attention: You’ll come across notes that are not in the key of C major. Notes like C#, F#, and G#

    Get ready to learn Deck The Halls, Silent Night, Away In A Manger, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, and several other melodies.

    Let’s get started

    Melody #1 — “Deck The Halls”

    Deck the halls is one of the secular Christmas carols that is loved by all and I’m very certain that you can show it off to your friends and family if you’re able to learn and master the melody below.

    Deck:

    …the:

    …halls:

    …with:

    …boughs:

    …of:

    …ho:

    …-lly:

    Fa:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    Tis:

    …the:

    …sea:

    …-son:

    …to:

    …be:

    …jo:

    …lly:

    Fa:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    Don:

    …we:

    …now:

    …our:

    …gay:

    …a:

    …-ppa:

    …-rel:

    Fa:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    Troll:

    …the:

    …an:

    …cient:

    …Yule:

    …-tide:

    …ca:

    …-rol:

    Fa:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    …-la:

    Melody #2 — “Away In A Manger”

    A:

    …-way:

    …in:

    …a:

    …man:

    …-ger:

    No:

    …-o:

    …crib:

    …for:

    …His:

    …bed:

    The:

    …-e:

    li:

    …-ttle:

    …Lord:

    …Je:

    …-sus:

    …laid:

    …down:

    …His:

    …sweet:

    …head:

    The:

    …stars:

    …in:

    …the:

    …bright:

    …sky

    …loo:

    …-ked:

    …down:

    …where:

    …He:

    …:lay

    …Th:

    …e:

    …li:

    …ttle:

    …Lord:

    …Je:

    …-sus:

    …A:

    …sleep:

    …on:

    …the:

    …hay:

    Melody #3 — “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”

    God:

    …rest:

    …ye:

    …me:

    …-rry:

    …gen:

    …-tle:

    …-men:

    …let:

    …no:

    …thing:

    …you:

    …dis:

    …may:

    Re:

    …-mem:

    …-ber:

    …Christ:

    …our:

    …Sa:

    …-vi:

    …or:

    …was:

    …born:

    …on:

    …Christ:

    …mas:

    …day:

    To:

    …save:

    …us:

    …all:

    …from:

    …Sa:

    …tan’s:

    …pow’r:

    …when:

    …we:

    …were:

    …gone:

    …astray:

    O:

    …-oh:

    …ti:

    …dings:

    …of:

    …co:

    …-om:

    …-fort:

    …and:

    …joy:

    …com:

    …-fort:

    …and:

    …joy:

    O:

    …-oh:

    …ti:

    …dings:

    …of:

    …co:

    …-om:

    …-fort:

    …and:

    …joy:

    Melody #4 — “Once In Royal David’s City”

    Once:

    …in:

    …ro:

    …yal:

    …Da:

    …-a:

    …-vi:

    …id’s:

    …ci:

    …ty:

    Stood:

    …a:

    …low:

    …-ly:

    …ca:

    …-a:

    …-tt:

    …-le:

    …shed:

    Where:

    …a:

    …mo:

    …ther:

    …la:

    …id:

    …he:

    …er:

    …ba:

    …by:

    In:

    …a:

    …man:

    …ger:

    …fo:

    …or:

    …hi:

    …is:

    …bed:

    Ma:

    …ry:

    …was:

    …that:

    …mo:

    …-ther:

    …mild:

    Je:

    …-sus:

    …Christ:

    …her:

    …li:

    …-i:

    …-tt:

    …le:

    …child:

    Melody #5 — “Go Tell It On The Mountain”

    Go:

    …tell:

    …it:

    …on:

    …the:

    …moun:

    …-tain:

    O:

    …-ver:

    …the:

    …hills:

    …and:

    …e:

    …-very:

    …-whe:

    …-re:

    Go:

    …tell:

    …it:

    …on:

    …the:

    …moun:

    …-tain:

    Our:

    …Je:

    …-sus:

    …Christ:

    …is:

    …born:

    Melody #6 — “Silent Night”

    Si:

    …-i:

    …-lent:

    …night:

    …ho:

    …-o:

    …ly:

    …night:

    All:

    …is:

    …calm:

    …all:

    …is

    …bright:

    Round:

    …yon:

    …Vir:

    …-ir:

    …gin:

    …Mo:

    …ther:

    …and:

    …child:

    Ho:

    …-ly:

    …in:

    …-fant:

    …so:

    …ten:

    …-der:

    …and:

    …mild:

    Sleep:

    …in:

    …hea:

    …-ven:

    …-ly:

    …pe:

    …-eace:

    Sle:

    …-eep:

    …in:

    …hea:

    …-ven:

    …-ly:

    …peace:

    Melody #7 — “We Three Kings”

    We:

    …three:

    …kings:

    …of:

    …o:

    …-ri:

    …-ent:

    …are:

    Bea:

    …-ring:

    …gifts:

    …we:

    …tra:

    …-verse:

    …a:

    …-far:

    Field

    …and:

    …foun:

    …-tain:

    …moor:

    …and:

    …mou:

    …-oun:

    …-tain:

    Fo:

    …llo:

    …wing:

    …yon:

    …der:

    …star:

    Melody #8 — “O Little Town Of Bethlehem”

    O little town of Bethlehem
    How still we see thee lie
    Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
    The silent stars go by
    Yet in thy dark streets shineth
    The everlasting Light
    The hopes and fears of all the years
    Are met in thee tonight

    Melody #9 — “The First Noel”

    The first Noel the angels did say
    Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay:
    In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
    On a cold winter’s night that was so deep
    Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
    Born is the King of Israel!

    Melody #10 — “Joy To The World”

    Joy:

    …to:

    …the:

    …world:

    …the:

    …Lord:

    …is:

    …come:

    Let:

    …earth:

    …re:

    …ceive:

    …her:

    …King:

    Let:

    …e:

    …e:

    …ve:

    …ry:

    …hea:

    …ear:

    …eart:

    …pre:

    …pare:

    …are:

    …hi:

    …him:

    …ro:

    …oo:

    …om:

    And:

    …hea:

    …ven:

    …and:

    …na:

    …ture:

    …sing:

    And:

    …hea:

    …ven:

    …and:

    …na:

    …ture:

    …sing:

    And:

    …hea:

    …ven:

    …and:

    …hea:

    …ea:

    …ven:

    …and:

    …na:

    …ture:

    …sing:

    Melody #11 — “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks”

    While:

    …she:

    …-pherds:

    …watch’d:

    …their:

    …flocks:

    …by:

    …night:

    All:

    …sea:

    …ted:

    …on::

    …the:

    …ground:

    The:

    …an:

    …gel:

    …of:

    …the:

    …Lord:

    …came:

    …down:

    …and:

    …glo:

    …-ry:

    …shone:

    …a:

    …round:

    Melody #12 — “O Christmas Tree”

    O:

    …Christ:

    …mas:

    …tree:

    …O:

    …Christ:

    …mas:

    …tree:

    Thy:

    …leaves:

    …are:

    …so:

    …un:

    …chan:

    …ging:

    O:

    …Christ:

    …mas:

    …tree:

    …O:

    …Christ:

    …mas:

    …tree:

    Thy:

    …leaves:

    …are:

    …so:

    …un:

    …chan:

    …ging:

    Not:

    …on:

    …ly:

    …green:

    …when:

    …sum:

    …mer’s:

    …here:

    But:

    …al:

    …so:

    …when:

    …it’s:

    …cold:

    …and:

    …drear:

    O:

    …Christ:

    …mas:

    …tree:

    …O:

    …Christ:

    …mas:

    …tree:

    Thy:

    …leaves:

    …are:

    …so:

    …un:

    …chan:

    …ging:

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    Hello, I'm Chuku Onyemachi (aka - "Dr. Pokey") - a musicologist, pianist, author, clinician and Nigerian. Inspired by my role model Jermaine Griggs, I started teaching musicians in my neighborhood in April 2005. Today, I'm privileged to work as the head of education, music consultant, and chief content creator with HearandPlay Music Group sharing my wealth of knowledge with hundreds of thousands of musicians across the world.

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