Ask Brian | Can You Teach Me to Play Jingle Bells on Guitar?

ASK BRIAN | Jingle Bells

Saturday is ASK BRIAN, where we post actual questions from Rock Dojo students. Today’s question: “Brian, Can you teach me how to play Jingle Bells on the guitar?”


Jingle Bells History

Jingle Bells is one of the best-loved and well-known songs in the world. It was composed by James Lord Pierpont under the title of ‘One Horse Open Sleigh’ in 1857.  Ironically, Jingle Bells was written as a Thanksgiving holiday song with no connection to Christmas. All that changed, however, in 1889 when Jingle Bells appeared on the world’s first Christmas-themed record. 


Jingle Bells in Space

Believe it or not, Jingle Bells was the first song broadcast from space! In a Christmas theme prank by Gemini 6 astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra. On December 16, 1965, the astronauts smuggled a harmonica and sleigh bells aboard the space shuttle and performed Jingle Bells for Mission Control. 


Jingle Bells on Guitar

Jingle Bells is the perfect melody on guitar for kids who know the moveable minor pentatonic scale in A or the C major scale. For the best results, set aside 15-minutes every day to practice the melody for a full week before Christmas. Even better, have a friend play the power chord progression on guitar along with you for some serious holiday fun!

Jingle Bells Guitar Tab



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