Easy songs to play on the Ukulele for Beginners – Christmas Season

There’s no better time than the Christmas season to find out how easy it is to play the ukulele with an instrument. Christmas carols are inherently catchy, simple, and easy to learn, which makes them a great way for people of all ages to learn the ukulele. But learning these songs will be a great thing, even if you’ve been playing the ukulele. For your reading enjoyment, we’ve selected some easy Christmas songs for you to learn in the UK. Enjoy!

This list of Christmas songs that anyone can play with the ukulele. All songs are based on the ukulele that everyone is singing along to. However, the chord progressions and song structure for each one is pretty easy to play.

Here’s a collection of popular Christmas songs arranged for ukulele beginners.

  • Jingle Bells
  • Oh Christmas Tree
  • I Saw Three Ships
  • What Child is This?
  • Joy to the World
  • Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
  • O Come, Little Children
  • Away in a Manger
  • We Three Kings
  • Silent Night
  • Over the River and Through the Wood
  • Upon the Housetop
  • Deck the Halls
  • Patapan
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Jingle Bells

Although Christmas is still a few weeks away, it would be great to start with this simple ukulele song “Jingle Bells”. It takes about a few weeks for ukulele beginners to master songs on the ukulele. If you start now, you’ll be able to play your ukulele along with jingle bells and other Christmas carols in time for the holidays.

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In fact, you could also play Jingle Bells for Thanksgiving. Did you know the song was originally intended for Thanksgiving? Hence, the word Christmas is not mentioned in the song at all. However, after the song was first published in 1857, choirs and musicians included the song in their Christmas selection. This is the best song that became one of the most popular Christmas carols in the world.

O Christmas tree

Here’s another Christmas classic for the ukulele. “O Christmas tree” is a German people who are very popular as Christmas carols. This is another traditional Christmas carol that is based on a beautiful melody but has many different versions. “O” Christmas Tree “, has two melodies.

  • The first is relatively simple and straightforward, but the second can be quite difficult. 
  • The second melody uses voice leading, which changes one chord to another by changing a note or two by a half or full step while keeping the usual chord tones intact. This creates a comfortable movement in chords.

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Practice each chord change individually and try to memorize the changes.

I Saw Three Ships

A very popular song that was written here for two ukuleles and for two different skill levels. The melody is between frets 2 and 5 – notes on the second fret can be played with the first finger (left hand) and notes on the fifth fret can be played on the fourth finger. This should minimize the movement of the left hand on the neck, but the melody has three strings crossed.  Every measure except the last measure is only one chord per measure.

What Child is This?

This Christmas classic is made up of beginner chords only and sounds great while you’re still studying. It also sounds good with an old-fashioned swing strum (DD-UU) and, if you’re looking for an easy picking exercise, a simple 1-2-3-4-3-2 fingerpicking pattern.

Christmas is the only time of year when anyone who plays an instrument is expected to entertain friends and family at some point. Now you can play your favorite Christmas songs with your family and friends this year with ease and confidence. The best time of the year. If you want to get into the holiday spirit by learning some Christmas carol chords and tables, this collection of classic songs is a good place to start for ukulele beginners. There are tons of popular Christmas carols and different interpretations of each to choose from.

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