- Zoe Lim
5 Christmas Songs to Play on the Piano
With the festival of gift-giving around the corner, here are some tunes you can learn to get into the Christmas spirit. The following list provides tutorials which are beginner-friendly, so that you can practice to impress your friends and family in time!
1. Joy to the World
Joy to the World is a popular tune used to celebrate the coming of Christ. It has an easy-to-follow melody which excludes warmth and comfort, perfect for the holiday of family gatherings. In fact, As of the late 20th century, "Joy to the World" was the most-published Christmas hymn in North America.
2. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
"We Wish You a Merry Christmas" is a traditional English Christmas carol. Its origin lies in the English tradition where carolers would perform and sing for the wealthy people, in hopes of receiving Christmas treats in return. The hymn got popularised when a lecturer from the University of Bristol arranged the tune for his own University of Bristol Madrigal Singers as an elaborate four-part arrangement.
3. Silent Night
Silent Night is always a crowd favourite, as it carries a more mellow and tranquil melody than the rest of the Christmas carols. It was composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber , with lyrics written by Joseph Mohr in the small town in Austria. It was also declared a cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011, and now we know it as the slow and meditative lullaby of Christmas.
4. Jingle Bells
Jingle Bells (not to be confused with Jingle Bells Rock) is one of the best-known and most commonly sung Christmas songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont and published under the title "One Horse Open Sleigh" in 1857. Fun fact about this song, is that it wasn't originally intended to be a Christmas carol, but instead, the lyrics describes a rebellious nature and risqué attitude.
5. 12 Days of Christmas
12 Days of Christmas is one of the most fun Christmas songs to sing on this list. The English Christmas carol enumerates in the manner of a cumulative song a series of increasingly numerous gifts given on each of the twelve days of Christmas. Fun fact about this hymn, no one knows the exact origins and the meaning of the song, but it is highly probable that it originated from a children's memory and forfeit game.
Zoe is an avid fan of all kinds of music. Her primary instrument is the guitar but she is always passionately learning how to play other instruments such as the drums and keyboard. She is currently playing the bass guitar in a band and has been routinely involved in music since she was a child.
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