Who’s feeling festive? Oh yeah!
Did you know that Jingle Bells was written as a Thanksgiving song? Did you know that, living in coastal California, my students had no idea what a one-horse open sleigh even is?
It’s challenging to find easy Disney songs to share, but I think this is a sweet one, and fun to sing! Please don’t sue me Disney! I’m just a Joe Schmoe trying to help people be good at music!
You know when you’re at a birthday party and someone starts singing “Happy Birthday,” but they started too high and you have to change keys in the middle of the song?
Don’t do that. Start low. Thanks for coming to my TED Talk ;D
Anyway, I procrastinated making this chord chart, but now that it’s made I’m going to probably use it forever. My brain really wanted the chart to be the other way with the keys on the left and the I/V7/IV as columns, but it just didn’t work out if we wanted to be efficient with our space. Which we do – save the trees and all that.
This is my favorite song to teach with only 2 chords!
Why did I chose to teach it C-G7 for this video? I seriously have no idea, because when I was teaching this to young kids it was much easier to teach this song using F and C7. Ah well. Maybe I’ll make an F-C7 version if there is demand.
Also included: Two strumming patterns!
I love this song for teaching AABA form, its fun chord progression, and just generally having fun while singing. One activity I used to do with elementary students was to have them list things that made them feel good or happy, and have them make their own versions of the song using those things. I love giving students opportunities to be creative and share what they love in their lives!
This classic from “The Sound of Music” was actually one of the first non-original songs I learned on the baritone ukulele! (which is my “home” ukulele – I learned bari before I learned GCEA)
It’s a great study in music theory and an opportunity to try some fingerpicking. Plus, it’s just a gorgeous song.