How to Play Guitar Chords to Silent Night

Silent Night is one of the most beloved Christmas songs and it is easy for beginner guitarists to play it. This version utilizes four basic chords most people already know as well as an interesting jazz-influenced variation that introduces you to rootless voicing techniques.

Practice switching between chord shapes at a slow pace until you are confident enough to play at performance speed – this will strengthen your finger strength!


As long as you know and are confident with switching between chords, playing this progression should not present too many difficulties for you. Furthermore, learning this progression provides an effective means of practicing transitioning from Em to C (which for beginners can sometimes be a difficulty), creating different moods within one song with this sequence of chords.

Play this tune in any key, with G major or E minor being the most commonly chosen ones. D chord can be more difficult for some due to taking melody higher than many tenor or alto voices can comfortably sing; however if you learn it on B string at 3rd fret instead, this provides a safer baby-step version which should make learning it a lot simpler for most vocal ranges.

The C chord is one of the simplest chords to learn as it contains only 3 unique notes, although its minor interval adds melancholia and sadness unlike its major chord counterpart.

Do not be discouraged if at first, your chord changes are out of sync with the drums; just practice and you will eventually catch up! For practicing purposes, the audios labelled ‘training’ are ideal as they just feature guitar strumming on beat one and drumming for remaining beats; gradually build up to faster tracks as your skills improve! When practicing, be sure to count out loud each chord change!


Silent Night is an uplifting tune perfect for playing at holiday events or sharing with your friends and family. No matter your skill level or experience level on guitar, everyone can join in the singing of Silent Night by strumming these chords to support its melody. Since this carol is played in 3/4 time – which adds an additional beat per measure – beginners may find it challenging at first to get used to its unique rhythm; practicing by strumming harder on every downbeat can help get used to its pace more quickly.

This song offers simple chords and melody that makes for easy singing, making it ideal for beginners. Additionally, more experienced musicians may enjoy improvising variations to the chords and melody to create interesting variations of its original version.

This song’s chords are all major, which create a bright and upbeat sound. However, minor chords can be formed by adding third and fifth notes from a scale to its root note – for instance if that root note was C, adding these additional notes would create a C minor chord with more somber tones.

The key of G is a great choice for holiday songs, rock and roll and folk. If the key of G is too high for you to sing comfortably, use a capo instead – these chords will still work great!

By placing a capo on the third fret of your guitar, you can raise its pitch by one full tone – making it easier for you to play melody and chords for this song as well as similar tunes written in its key.