Easy kids Christmas piano sheet music "Up On the Housetop" with easy left hand chords, with a beginner's arrangement, in Middle C position, and now with an AlphaNotes arrangement as well. All the Christmas song lyrics are here. Download lead sheets also, for other instruments!
From "Thingamakid Toons" comes this version of Up on the Housetop:
As a child I always loved this song when Christmas time came around. Here is the easy Middle C version:
And even easier, an arrangement with LETTERED NOTES (in the key of G)
And an arrangement with note-names inside the notes in the key of C
This is not an easy TIME SIGNATURE - at all! - for beginners, but use a lot of singing (and send them to a video, if necessary) and your students will get it. Six beats are odd, but not impossible.
Analyze the chord patterns of this easy kids Christmas piano sheet music - for the most part, the left hand chords are played much like a cadence that remains in closed position. "Bottom, top; bottom, top"; that's what I call these split chords for my students.
The fingering of the melody is likely to be the trickiest part of learning this Christmas song, occasioned by the fact we have 6 melody notes but only 5 fingers. I haven't put any fingering in with this song - that is the student's job, or yours, the teacher, this time!
Below are the lead sheets with chord symbols. I've shown the key of A, a nice key for violin:
Like many Christmas songs, this melody requires only 3 chords - the three main chords I, IV, and V. I love to transpose a song, with a guitar student telling me which chords are needed.
I will hold up the five fingers of one hand and point (with the other hand) to the thumb, ring finger, and pinky finger of the first hand. "If my 'One' chord is 'A', then what are my 'Four' and 'Five' chords going to be?" I ask. If there is a long delay, I will say, "A... B... C..." and they will inevitably get the IV and V chord names.
I like the following video by Gene Autry, even though his melody is plainer than the one I supply - and not as I remember it. The Christmas song lyrics are displayed:
And here, supplied by Activity Village, is a whole series of karaoke videos for Christmas, singalong versions so you can do the singing!
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