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Today's thought is how many songs could you play with these four chords? 2? 3? 20? The answer is likely thousands.... but for now here is one:-

Try 2 downstrums per bar, then 4 downstrums, then 4 steady down ups... 

For those of you who haven't followed the cunning link I put in for the Tealby lads - try and guess the song!

G  | G  | G  C | G  | C  | G  | A  | D  |

G  | G  | G  C | G  | C  | G  | D  | G  ||

The Holly and the Ivy

You might need to use a capo if the key is wrong for your voice, but this key should suit children in particular. Lyrics? You can chase down the full lyrics on this link:

You also need Em for this one, which is best played with a mix of chords and runs arpeggio style:

       G             C  G
The holly and the ivy,

           Em                A     D
When they are both full grown, 

    G                              C         D
Of all the trees that are in the wood, 

        G              D     G
The holly bears the crown.   

        G          C   G
The rising of the sun 

              Em           A    D
And the running of the deer, 

        G                   C       D
The playing of the merry organ,

            G            D   G 
Sweet singing in the choir.

The First Noel

        G       D       Em     C    G
The first Noel the angel did say, 

 C          G        C      G             D   G           C    G
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
    G                   D        Em          C      G
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep 

          Em       C     G      D    G   C    G
On a cold winters night that was so deep

    G       D       C     G  
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel

Em       C     G    D G  C  G
Born is the King of Is- ra- el.

We Three Kings of Orient Are

I would just strum this one to a kind of "ding dinga dinga ding dinga dinga" rhythm

(OK, this is the busking page if you want time values it is six eight time, quaver semiquaver semiquaver quaver semiquaver semiquaver. Now do you prefer ding dinga dinga? )

You will also need four new chords, Am, Dm, F and E7..... Coming up shortly!

Am                        E7     Am
We three kings of Orient are;

Am                      E7          Am
Bearing gifts, we traverse afar, 

Am            G             C
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,

Dm           E7       Am
Following yonder star. 

G   C                       F        C 
O, star of wonder, star of night, 

   C                   F          C 
Star with royal beauty bright, 

  Am           G         Dm        G 
Westward leading, still proceeding 

   C                     F         C 
Guide us to thy perfect light.


Deck The Halls

Another one with F - you can stick to good old open position F,
or attempt a root 6 barre chord:
This one also has D7, which I used to think of as D backwards when I was a beginner!

Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
F              C      G     C

Fa la la la la, la la la la 


Tis the season to be jolly,
F                  C       G       C
Fa  la  la  la  la, la  la  la  la 

G                        C

Don we now our gay apparel, 

C            Am           D7     G
Fa  la  la  la  la  la,  la  la  la 

Sing the ancient Yuletide carol,
F                  C       G       C

Fa  la  la  la  la, la  la  la  la

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

  D                                    A
Hark! The herald angels sing,
   D    G         A              D
Glory to the new-born King;

Peace on earth, and mercy mild;
  A            D        E7     A

God and sinners reconciled.
  D                 G          A

Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
 D                     Em        A

Join the triumph of the skies;
  G                      Em

With the angelic hosts proclaim,
  A           D         A        D

Christ is born in Bethlehem!
  G                    Em

Hark the herald angels sing,
    A    D        A              D

Glory to the new-born King!"

God rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

This one also requires B7.... Coming up shortly!


       Em                                                                  B7 
God rest ye merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay                      
      Em                                                                          G
Remember Christ our Saviour was born on Christmas Day
      Am                    G         B7                Em         A           D
To save us all from Satan's power when we were gone astray
       Em C       G   B7        Em   A                 D
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy
      G            Em  B7        Em
Oh tidings of comfort and joy. 

The Little Drummer Boy

Uses E, A and B7 in my version!

That makes it possible to play by using the tambora effect near the bridge!

The Little Drummer Boy


 E                                    A                    E

Come they told me, Pa rum pum pum pum

                                              A                     E

A new born King to see, Pa rum pum pum pum

B7             E                                                  B7

Our finest gifts we bring, Pa rum pum pum pum

                E                                                A

To lay before the king, Pa rum pum pum pum,

                          E                              B7

Rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum

E                                A                     E

So to honor Him, Pa rum pum pum pum

B7             E

When we come


The Little Drummer Boy chords and lyrics




silent night, holy night

Silent Night can be played with just three chords.

There are substitution chords you can use to spice it up if you like too.

The rhythm is in 6/8 and a fingerpicked accompaniment works well.

Silent Night can also be played with a simple three strums to each bar.


Silent night, holy night


All is calm,


All is bright


Round yon Virgin,


Mother and Child


Holy Infant so


Tender and mild,


Sleep in heavenly peace,


Sleep in