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As you get ready for the Christmas season, it’s always good for a musician to have more than a few holiday favorites in his back pocket. Below you’ll find some easy Christmas songs to play on piano. Even if you play a different instrument, you’ll find these classic tracks are often simple enough to learn on the fly. Whether you’re trying to impress your friends, help out at your church, or just be the life of the party, we want to give you the best suggestions for easy Christmas songs to play on piano. Check out our list below and see which songs you’d like to learn in time for your seasonal celebration.
When you think of fun Christmas carols, there’s a good chance your mind quickly links to “Jingle Bells.” Written 160+ years ago, the song is one of the most traditional choices out there for you to learn how to play. You can always find different variations of the same song, but the video below has about the easiest tutorial we’ve seen so far.
“Deck the Halls”
Another one of the easy Christmas songs to play on piano is “Deck the Halls.” This one is a Welsh tune dating back even further than “Jingle Bells.” If you’re needing something to sing along with, “Deck the Halls” makes that easy since half of the lyrics are “Fa la la la la la la la la” and so forth.
“We Wish You a Merry Christmas”
Speaking of songs with simple lyrics, you can always fall back on this classic tune where each verse begins by repeating the same line three times. “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” is a memorable melody you and your family can enjoy this wintery season. Watch the slowed down tutorial in the video below and you’ll be well on your way to asking people for figgy pudding.
Can you think of a more beautiful Christmas tune than “Silent Night?” The song perfectly captures the original Christmas night and depicts a serene setting for your friendly get-together. If you follow the tutorial seen here, you can really get the hang of “Silent Night” in a hurry. Like with most songs, you can also simplify it as much as you need to do so.
“Joy to the World”
Like with many holiday hymns, “Joy to the World” is just a collection of similar verses. That means if you learn the music for one, you’ll just need to repeat that for however many verses you intend to play. No surprises here. Follow along through the instructional video found below and see if you have what it takes to play this famous Isaac Watts hymn.
“What Child is This?”
One of the more obviously Christian Christmas carols around, “What Child Is This?” is a song imagining the thoughts of the shepherds who visited the newborn baby Jesus. The video just underneath this paragraph will walk through the song (which is identical to “Greensleeves”) a number of times to emphasize different hand movements and speeds.
“Go, Tell It On the Mountain”
Some of the easy Christmas songs to play on piano are solemn or monotonous, but “Go, Tell It On the Mountain” is one you can liven up as much as you wish. After all, the holiday classic is all about the spreading of good news. No need to play it so somberly. By watching the video just below here, you’ll be able to see the necessary notes progressing at a speed slow enough for you to learn quickly.
“O Holy Night” - Easy Christmas Songs to Play on Piano
For those who are planning to play piano at church, “O Holy Night” is one you’ll definitely want to know. It’s a moving Christian song about the night of Jesus’ birth. What makes it great for beginner pianists or those who need to learn it on the go is that it moves slowly and doesn’t contain much you could consider to be difficult. Check out the tutorial below to learn more.
“The Twelve Days of Christmas”
The hardest part about performing “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is remembering the different gifts mentioned in the numerical sequence. Fortunately, the music itself isn’t all that difficult to learn. Below you’ll find a slowed down version of the song that will help you understand all of the required movements.
“Frosty the Snowman”
Tired of playing hymn after hymn? Cut loose with this festive tune about a snowman who comes to life. You can take things as slowly as you need to with the video below, but don’t be scared to speed things up once you know what you’re doing. This song is one that will have everybody nostalgic for the Christmases of their childhoods.
“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
Dialing things back to the 1800s, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” is a good combination of an upbeat tune, lyrics that are easy to remember, and a classic that everyone enjoys. Fans of old movies will remember this is also the song being practiced over and over again by James Stewart’s daughter in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
“Jolly Old St. Nicholas”
Need to add a song about Santa Claus to your holiday setlist? We suggest “Jolly Old St. Nicholas.” Not only is this one of the lesser played Christmas songs, it’s also a short and sweet tune that can help you keep the celebration afloat. Watch this video to see how you can learn from a slowed-down rendition of the song.
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
One of the easy Christmas songs to play on piano that will leave your friends and family feeling nostalgic and hopeful for the future is “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” First premiering in the Judy Garland picture “Meet Me in St. Louis,” it’s easily become one of the more popular choices for the holiday season over the last 75 years.
“The First Noel” - Easy Christmas Songs to Play on Piano
A Christmas classic loved by everyone is “The First Noel.” Watching the tutorial below, you’ll see why we think you can handle this one without any difficulty. You may only wish to play a verse or two from the hymn, but there are actually at least six to pick from. Whether you’re looking for a quick song to add to your setlist or you want one tune that can last longer than some others, “The First Noel” can be the perfect fit.
“Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
There are few Christmas songs that can beat “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” especially if you’re wanting a melody with which people can sing along. Like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” this childhood favorite was created in the 1940s and has thrived ever since. No matter what kind of get-together you’re playing at, this is one song that will instantly liven up the crowd.
“Away in a Manger”
Closing out our list of easy Christmas songs to play on piano is “Away in a Manger.” Well over 100 years old, the timeless hymn is as popular today as it ever has been. Like “Silent Night,” the message of this song is to celebrate how mundane, and yet holy and peaceful, the birth of Christ was. It’s a great option for playing in churches or just about any other setting.
We want these song selections to help you ring in the holiday season while sharing your love for music with those around you. However you choose to celebrate Christmas this year, we hope you have a wonderful time.
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