How to Play Open Guitar Chords on the Guitar – Jingle Bells

Christmas songs have the power to unite people together and add great variety to your guitar playing repertoire! Plus, Christmas tunes make great gift-giving music!

This classic winter tune boasts an accessible chord progression that’s simple for beginners to pick up quickly. Additionally, its four line/four measure per line structure makes learning it quick and efficient; so practice can begin in no time at all!

Key of G

Jingle Bells is one of the classic Christmas songs that everyone knows and it makes an excellent way to gather family together and sing together as part of a holiday medley or sing-a-long session. Additionally, Jingle Bells can help teach chords on guitar as it provides a great opportunity for practice open chords on a guitar strummed song.

G is an easy key for beginners to learn, and allows the use of a capo for transposing songs into new keys without needing to memorize all their notes.

As you try out new keys, it is essential to keep in mind that each has a diatonic scale which contains other chords which complement and complement your root chord – this ensures a harmonious sound when combined together and will keep you playing happy notes in harmony.

In the key of G, chords that can be played include A, C and E – three powerful chords which can create various moods and enhance any performance.


Jingle Bells is an entertaining song to play for large groups such as children’s programs and day cares, nursing homes and pub entertainment. It offers the perfect opportunity to practice chord progressions and finger strengthening techniques while having fun!

Choruses are the catchy, simple, and impactful parts of songs that listeners look forward to hearing. Choruses serve as a musical contrast to the lyrics in verses and are typically accompanied by changes in melody, rhythm, or chord progression.

Dependent upon the style of music, choruses can range from loud and powerful to soft and intimate, depending on its style and vocal range. Choruses usually feature longer held notes than verses; more complex or unusual song structures may opt out entirely of having choruses altogether; it is up to songwriters and their song structures to determine which will work best; typically catchy choruses tend to stick out more in listener memory than less catchy ones.

Verse 1

Jingle Bells features two distinct verses; this is due to changing chords while keeping its lyrics consistent. However, these differences don’t take too long to learn and help beginners keep a steady beat with each beat of music they perform.

This verse begins with a C chord and its second note is G, creating a dramatic sound. To play this chord you’ll need your index finger at the second fret of A string and your ring finger on third fret of G string; this chord voicing can often be found in many songs.

This simple chord melody can be played easily on any guitar and is an ideal way for beginning guitarists to familiarize themselves with playing chord melodies in G key. Written by James Lord Pierpont, “One Horse Open Sleigh” or more commonly “Jingle Bells” has become one of the world’s favorite Christmas classics.

Verse 2

Ideal, use a capo on the second fret to change this song to an easier key for you to sing and play, as this will also keep your hands closer together, making singing along easier.

As in the Chorus, this verse features four measure lines with active rhythmic back-up for two measures and passive block chord back-up in three. This format makes an effective structure for sharing lead and backup duties among multiple instruments.

In the final two measures of this tune, there is a descending scalar melody and ascending bass line, providing you with an opportunity to use back-up techniques and explore various chord types derived from Major Chord – for instance Minor, Diminished, and Augmented chords are created by flattening (lowering in pitch) one or two notes from its original position to create them.