Free Christmas songs (four versions) Deck the Halls -- give your students this well-known, beloved Christmas carol! This page now has guitar tabs (bottom of the page), a lead sheet, two versions with left hand chords for early intermediate piano students, and the original easy version in Middle C position. The complete Christmas song lyrics are included also, at the bottom of this page.
Here is an adorable rendition of Deck the Halls by a madrigal group from Mars Hill Academy, all decked out themselves in Renaissance garb:
As I have done with many beginner songs, I have doubled the note values so there are no tricky eighth notes for beginner piano students in two of the arrangements. Beginners will start off playing it slowly, but the counting won't be a problem, and they will pick up speed.
Below is a lively arrangement which makes use of left hand chords and chord inversions. If your students have spent any time doing chords and inversions, this arrangement may just fall into their hands very easily.
I recommend saving this song until after you and your student have spent some time working with cadences - the I, IV, and V chords - found on my free sheets on the page 12 Major Scales. That I-IV-V practice will get them ready (start with the Key of C) for the chord patterns in Deck the Halls.
Below is the same arrangement, but with eighth notes:
Download Deck the Halls with eighth notes
This arrangement really is fun to play, and pretty easy (if you have an understanding of chords). It DEFINITELY sounds better with both hands played up an octave; I tell my students it also sounds more "Christmas-y", like bells.
Below is a lead sheet, for piano or other instruments:
Download Deck the Halls lead sheet
Here are guitar tabs for Deck the Halls, two versions:
The melody SOUNDS better on the higher strings (1 & 2), but there will be the higher-than-usual frets to be accommodated - that's why I supplied a lower version also, below:
One thing to be noted with the super-quick chord changes from C to G7, back and forth: this works well on the piano, but is NOT so effective on the guitar. The chord changes are just too fast. Play a C chord without changing, as you sing the melody, and see how it sounds. Perhaps you won't feel the need for more than one G7 chord in the first and second lines.
Below, I have put the Christmas song lyrics to Deck the Halls in a downloadable PDF. I hope you and your students enjoy these free Christmas songs!
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Thank you for the free downloads! I'm a private teacher and I teach piano and beginner voice as well. :) I've been running my studio for about a year and I've come across the same issue; I don't want my students to have to purchase an entire supplemental book for only a couple of songs. So thank you for this site...some great downloads!!
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