It’s that time of year again: Everyone is busy shopping and making plans for the holidays. Meanwhile, you forgot to plan out some holiday songs for your guitar class! Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with 5 songs that are easy to learn and teach.
Frosty the Snowman
Such a great and simple song! G – C – D is all you’re going to need to play Frosty. Let the more advanced students take a crack at the melody – played on the first 3 strings (G, B, E). Let the less advance kids play the bass line.
Don’t expect your 8th graders to play it this way off the bat. You can get away with playing the song with just 4 chords. Check out the simple chords on Ultimate Guitar.
Auld Lang Syne
Every musician ought to learn how to play Auld Lang Syne (bonus if your students know what it means) around the holidays. Here are the simple version with Chords and the TAB for the melody. The song is just a I – IV – V with a few quick changes that are well worth the trouble – the major III pulls the heart strings. If you want a more challenging and expressive chord progression try this one. It’s played in the key of G, so just transpose the melody from the simple one.
Nothing about the holidays here, but the holidays can be a great time to reflect and hope for a more peaceful year. Check out these simple chords from Ultimate Guitar. It will introduce your students to C major 7. If they get scared, just tell them it’s a C chord and they can do what they want with their index finger (easy – peasy).
You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch
Bring some Seuss to your class. If your kids can stop laughing long enough, teach them these easy chords. Watch out because the song swings a little bit.