Jingle Bells

Christmas song
First published in 1857
Words by the American organist and composer James Lord Pierpont

First verse:
Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh,
O'er the fields we go, laughing all the way,
Bells on bobtails ring, making spirits bright,
What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight!

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Jingle Bells - guitar tab, notes, chords and lyrics

"Jingle Bells" originally published as "One Horse Open Sleigh" is one of the most well-known Christmas songs in the English language. It is also one of the most popular since the melody is easy to memorize and play on many instruments. There are, however, easier Christmas songs since Jingle Bells are played in a rather high tempo. Neither is the lyrics all that easy to learn because of a few unusual words (by the way, "upsot" in the lyrics is not a typo but a poetic form of "upset" used in the 19th century).

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Jingle Bells (only melody)

"Jingle Bells" standard and tablature notation for guitar. This is a shortened version (full versions for only melody and with accompaniment can be downloaded as pdf).

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Tips on how to learn this song

Concerning the melody, there are only five notes used in the chorus: B, C, D, G and A. In the verses, E and F# are used as well. These are the seven notes in the G Major scale. So, the song stays in the same key throughout and don't use any notes outside the key.

Also notice that the melody in the chorus only make use of two strings. The melody of the verses make use of four strings, which makes the verses somewhat harder to learn.

Lyrics and chords

Jingle Bells chords in the key of GChorus:
(G)Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the (G7)way,
(C)Oh what fun it (G)is to ride in a (A7)one-horse open (D7)sleigh, hey,
(G)Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the (G7)way,
(C)Oh what fun it (G)is to ride in a (D7)one-horse open (G)sleigh

Verse 1:
(G)Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open (C)sleigh,
(G)O'er the fields we (D7)go, laughing all the (G)way,
(G)Bells on bobtails ring, making spirits (C)bright,
(C)What fun it is to (D7)ride and sing a sleighing song to(G)night!

Chorus:
(G)Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the (G7)way,
(C)Oh what fun it (G)is to ride in a (A7)one-horse open (D7)sleigh, hey,
(G)Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the (G7)way,
(C)Oh what fun it (G)is to ride in a (D7)one-horse open (G)sleigh

Verse 2:
(G) A day or two ago, I thought I'd take a (C)ride
(G) And soon Miss Fanny (D7)Bright, was seated by my (G)side,
(G) The horse was lean and lank, misfortune seemed his (C)lot
(C) He got into a drifted (D7)bank, and then we got (G)upsot.

Chorus:
(G)Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the (G7)way,
(C)Oh what fun it (G)is to ride in a (A7)one-horse open (D7)sleigh, hey,
(G)Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the (G7)way,
(C)Oh what fun it (G)is to ride in a (D7)one-horse open (G)sleigh

Verse 3:
(G)Now the ground is white, go it while you're (C)young,
(G)Take the girls to(D7)night and sing this sleighing (G)song;
(G)Just get a bobtailed bay, two forty as his (C)speed
(C)Hitch him to an open (D7)sleigh and crack! you'll take the (G)lead.

Chorus:
(G)Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the (G7)way,
(C)Oh what fun it (G)is to ride in a (A7)one-horse open (D7)sleigh, hey,
(G)Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the (G7)way,
(C)Oh what fun it (G)is to ride in a (D7)one-horse open (G)sleigh

Poetic and archaic words:
o'er = over

The order of verse and chorus can shift in different versions of this song. There are also some slight variations of the lyrics.

There are possibilities to change to key by using a capo. These are the keys that the song would transpose in depending on which fret the capo is put:

Key, time, tuning and tempo

Information about "Jingle Bells" considering musical key, time signature, tuning and bpm.

Key signature music symbol

KEY

The presented version of Jingle Bells is played in the key of G.

Time signature music symbol

Time signature

The song is played in 4/4 tempo (counted one, two, three, four for each measure).

Tuning overview

Tuning

The song is normally played in standard tuning (EADGBE).

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Tempo (BPM)

The tempo in beats per minute is 180 for the presented version.

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