Popular Christmas Carols For the Piano

Remember the popular Christmas carols for the piano that rang out when you were a kid and your family gathered to sing? If you were one of the few who did not experience this winter entertainment, it's not too late to learn a few piano carols and get into the swing of things with your own children. Christmas piano books can be obtained for what can only be considered a mere pittance when balanced against the enjoyment your family will glean from this simple tradition.

Popular Christmas Music
Christmas music is one of the winter pastimes that kept people sane during the holidays. Gathering around the piano to sing, hum and dance the night away is a real treat, one that should be available to everyone, not only during the holidays, but always.

If you don't have a piano, purchase one for Christmas this year. It's the perfect family gift. If you lack the space (or budget) for a piano, an electronic keyboard is an excellent substitute. Look for one with full-sized keys so that you can tackle a real piano with confidence.

If you don't have a houseful of piano players, you needn't worry. That, too, can be rectified quickly. Some Christmas carols can be played in just three chords, and piano arrangements aren't too hard to figure out. After just a few short piano lessons, the whole family will be anxious to show off their skills.

The only time there wasn't piano music for Christmas that can be labeled as good was in 1818, the year Reverend Joseph Mohr wrote the song "Silent Night." He was forced to write the song several days before Christmas because his church piano wasn't working and he couldn't bear to host Christmas Eve Mass without some type of music. The end result, originally composed for guitar, is a beloved masterpiece.

Popular Piano Christmas Carols and Chords
Piano Christmas carols, such as "O Holy Night" and "Little Town of Bethlehem" take three to four minutes to complete. Most carols and songs repeat notes or chords several times, which makes it easier to commit the song to memory.

Regardless of which chord you use, however, each has three notes (or keys), which pianists call family members. These three notes can be used over and over again in a repetitive manner for certain songs. After a few lessons you'll get to know the chords and recognize their placement on the piano. From there, it'll be as easy as eating a piece of mincemeat pie.

Christmas Piano Books
Many Christmas carols can be performed by using the three-note method. Some of the songs that can played with three notes include "Joy to the World," "The First Noel," "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," "Away in a Manger," "Silent Night" and "O Christmas Tree," as well as "O Holy Night" and "Little Town of Bethlehem."

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