For anyone who is new to the piano, the instrument can seem intimidating at first. However, it is one of the best instruments, to begin with. What makes Christmas songs easier to play are that many of their chorus parts and verses are repetitive, so learning one part well means you can play the entire piece. Given here is a list of classic and easy Christmas songs that you can play while others gather around and sing along.
It’s not just a holiday favourite but also one of the most traditional and oldest Christmas songs ever. The reason why it is easier to play on the piano is that the chorus part is repetitive and you can play the same note again and again in a rhythm before the note changes. There are some people, however, who believe that Jingle Bells is not a traditional Christmas song because it's about riding a sleigh in the snow. But since Christmas and snow go so well together, it has become a traditional Christmas song today. What’s more, the line in the song, ‘laughing all the way’ is sure to bring a smile to people’s faces and thus makes the song a Christmas favourite.
WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS
This is a classic, feel-good song and is a great one to play on the piano because of its simple lyrics and a chorus that repeats one line thrice. And there’s no doubt you will have people singing along this lovely tune on the piano. It is great for large and small gatherings as well as for performances during Christmas.
JOY TO THE WORLD
The lyrics of this song are founded on the Psalms of the Bible and were developed by Issac Watts. It can become slightly more difficult to play this song on the piano especially when you add your left hand to give the tune a richer and fuller feel. The easy part again, however, is that the verses and chorus repeat themselves and it’s a simple pattern to follow. Joy to the World is another happy and upbeat hymn that will lift anyone’s spirits up.
O HOLY NIGHT
At the crux of this song is the piano chord structure. It is a classic timeless piece and harmonics and inversions make this a great hymn.
A popular Christmas-eve hymn that is played by many, Silent Night is really a wonderful song for the piano. It teaches beginners to use the foot pedal picking up and pushing down their feet on long phrases being a legato piece. As a tune, it makes the player use all the white keys and hence is easy to play. The tune was composed in 1818 by a young priest named Joseph Mohr and an organist at church named Franz Xavier Gruber. It is a classic Christmas masterpiece with refined beauty.
THE FIRST NOEL
You can play this song on the piano using both your hands. While your left-hand holds the bass notes your right-hand plays the melody.
RUDOLF THE RED-NOSED REINDEER
This Christmas song is perfect for the holiday season and a great sing-along tune to play on the piano. This is a slightly less easy song to learn on the piano as the rhythm becomes the most difficult part of the song. The reason being that it gets altered from the introduction to the verses and then again at the bridge part.
FROSTY THE SNOWMAN
Another kids favourite. This tune can be slightly tricky to play and needs good practice.
DECK THE HALLS
The ‘Fa la la la la’ part of the lyrics are easy to remember and are a favourite with everyone. The great part is that the 1st 2nd and 4th lines are played in exactly the same fashion. Only the 3rd line of each verse is a little different. Therefore, once you know how to play the simple catchy hook you almost know how to play the entire song.
AWAY IN A MANGER
What makes this song easy to play is that it uses only eight notes on the right hand. To give it a more complex and full sound you can play it using both your left and right hands.
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