This Christmas ukulele book is the best way to learn Christmas songs on the ukulele. You will learn:
How to reach simple chord-melody arrangements with tablature (tabs)
How to follow along with lyrics
How to read clear chord diagrams
How to perform easy strumming patterns
How to download or stream the free audio play-along tracks
This beginner ukulele Christmas songbook is packed with easy-to-follow holiday ukulele songs so you’ll be ready to impress your friends and family with classic Christmas songs.
No complicated ukulele arrangements here! Instead, each song is arranged with beginner and intermediate uke players in mind. Yet, even seasoned ukulele vets will find the Christmas songs for ukulele fun to play!
Ukulele instructor and seasoned author Michael Mueller presents 16 easy-to-learn solo ukulele arrangements of Christmas classics. This is the ultimate book for learning Christmas songs — fast!
The songlist of easy ukulele songs:
- Angels We Have Heard on High
- Auld Lang Syne
- Away in a Manger
- Deck the Halls
- The First Noel
- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
- Jingle Bells
- Joy to the World
- O Christmas Tree
- O Come All Ye Faithful
- O Come, O Come Emmanuel
- O Little Town of Bethlehem
- Silent Night
- We Three Kings
- We Wish You a Merry Christmas
- What Child Is This
My father was a church organist, so I grew up hearing the sacred Christmas songs in this book played on a grand pipe organ and/or sung by a large choir. I think it’s safe to say that either scenario is arguably the polar opposite of the sound generated by a ukulele.
So, when I sat down to arrange these songs for ukulele, I wondered how I could do them justice— especially with the goal of making them easy enough for beginners and intermediate players to play. But, as I began to work on these arrangements, I quickly discovered that these timeless melodies are so powerful that it all came together beautifully.
The songs are presented here with several key elements: the lyrics, the melody, the chords, and a chord-melody arrangement. The chords are provided above the staff wherever they occur. The top tab staff contains the melody, and the bottom staff contains the chord melody. It’s presented in this fashion so you can see the relationship between the melody and the chord melody—and how the chords are built to suit the melody notes. (Intro continued in book…)
The most popular ukulele type is the concert size, followed by the tenor (pictured below), which is slightly larger than a concert (and the type that is used to record the audio examples that accompany this book), and then the soprano, which is slightly smaller than the concert size. The diagram below identifies all the main parts of the ukulele.
Chords: C, G, F, and Am Strum Pattern:
Tips: The first thing you might notice is that I included a four-bar intro, which is comprised of the final four bars of the song. This is a very popular device used by church organists when playing hymns—sort of a way to cue the congregation to the start of the song. “Silent Night” is the only song in this book that features an intro, but you can try it on other songs, as well; just use the final phrase (typically two or four bars) of the song as your intro.
This is a fairly simple and straightforward arrangement, but at bar 21 of the chord melody, you need to jump up to the 5th fret for a G chord shape you might not be familiar with. Use your index finger on the 1st string (5th fret) and your middle and ring fingers on strings 3 and 2, respectively, both at the 7th fret. This allows you to use your pinky at the 8th fret in bar 22 without having to change the fingering whatsoever. At bar 23, you’ll need to shift up to the 7th fret for the Am chord. Finger that one just like the open G major chord but leaving the 1st string open; then just lay your middle finger down on the 7th fret (string 1) for the C chord in bar 24.