Christmas Songs for Guitar

The Christmas season is fast approaching! Amidst all the hustle and bustle of this time of year, music brings particular joy and cheer to our festivities. For those musicians among us, Christmas songs for guitar present an easy way to get into the holiday mood. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced guitarist, play some Christmas guitar songs at your next celebration to spark some real holiday cheer! Here are five favorite acoustic guitar Christmas songbooks to get you started.

#1 – Hal Leonard’s Christmas Songs for Easy Guitar Tabs. Beginner guitar players… this book of Christmas songs is for you! All the songs are presented in tablature format, so beginners can play them right away. Favorites of the Christmas season are here, including “Holly Jolly Christmas”, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “Jingle Bell Rock”.

#2 – Christmas Carols Easy Guitar (No Tabs). As an instructor, I require my guitar students to learn to read music, not just guitar tabs. Tablature is convenient for beginners, but tabs give no information regarding timing, note duration or dynamics. Enter the Christmas Carols Easy Guitar Songbook without tabs. This one is for the beginner guitarist who has learned to read music.

#3 – The Complete Christmas Music Collection. For the intermediate player, I recommend the Complete Christmas Music Collection. The book has 128 Christmas favorites and carols. Each song is presented on a grand staff and the music can also be used for piano. Thus, the guitarist can accompany themselves with the bass line using finger picking techniques.

#4 – Kathy Mattea’s Good News. Kathy Mattea is a contemporary country artist. She has published a book of her own Christmas themed music for the intermediate guitarist. Favorites like “Mary Did You Know?” and “Emmanuel”. This book is written for voice, piano and acoustic guitar. All songs are presented on a grand staff and include vocal melody and bass accompaniment. For an intermediate guitarist, there really is no better Christmas music songbook.

#5 – A Classical Christmas. Now we have Christmas songs for guitar for the advanced acoustic guitar player. “A Classical Christmas” brings many favorites as well as a few carols to the fret boards of advanced acoustic guitarists. This songbook is focused on classical finger style acoustic guitar. The book is presented in an easy to read 9″ x 12″ page size and all the music is written in standard notation, lyrics and illustrations. Tabs are included as well as fingerings, chord diagrams and introductions to the piece.

May you have a joyous time playing Christmas songs for guitar this holiday season!

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