|Jingle Bells Performance Tips|
This list of Jingle Bells performance tips is to be used in conjunction with the Jingle Bells lyrics and tab page. If you're looking for additional Christmas lyrics and tabs, check the Christmas Tab and Lyrics master list.
Jingle Bells is another fairly simple carol to play. The strumming is easy - four quick down strums per bar. Try not to strum the strings too hard. See below for a more advanced strumming suggestion.
The chords for Jingle Bells are simple too - if you can easily play an Fmajor chord, you'll be all set. Here are the seventh chords you may not know:
If you're comfortable playing Jingle Bells as shown above, you can fine tune your performance by trying to muffle the strings somewhat with your fretting hand after you play them. Try this:
- Play a Cmajor chord, and immediately after playing it, stop applying pressure on the strings with your fretting hand. Most of the notes in the chord should stop ringing immediately. Now, try the same thing twice in a row - strum, release, strum, release. Ideally, you want to emulate the sound of the old big-band swing guitarists... sort of a "chunk, chunk, chunk, chunk" sound.
Ideally, this works best in situations in which you're playing chords that cover all six strings, so that no strings ring after you've released pressure. But, you should be able to approximate the sound for this performance.
That's it! Give Jingle Bells a try - and have fun!