Christmas Ukulele: Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells (Tab)

Jingle Bells (mp3)

A fairly simple tab, this one. In the verse, the melody is fingerpicked and the strummed chords are fitted around it.

There are a couple of tricky little bits. The first is ‘on a one…’. Here you have to use your index and middle fingers to play the same note three times in quick succession. The second is in bar 15. I think it’s all the John King around at the moment that made me tab it like this. Here are a couple of easier possibilities:

Jingle Bells ukulele tab

The chorus is just strummed chords. The basic chords are written above the tab. Most of the melody notes are contained within the chords but there are a few occasions where the chords have to be changed slightly to accommodate them.

When I was recording, I improvised the rhythm rather than playing it exactly as it’s tabbed. I suggest you do the same.

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  1. Phil December 6th, 2008 1:57 am

    Thank you so much
    Been looking for this for too long

  2. Uke February 7th, 2009 4:58 pm

    i cant play this.. and yes woodshed i have subscribed to your tab thingy and it is helping but anything i look at is too hard.. and suggestions for easy things to play?

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  4. k November 3rd, 2010 2:23 pm

    What is the strumming pattern I know that you have improvised but I’m not really good with the rhythm and I would like to make a great impression for my christmas’party so could you do something ??

  5. WTF Man April 30th, 2011 1:24 am

    Why does it say “Edward’s Theme”? That just ruined it.

  6. funnyman September 1st, 2011 8:54 am

    I love the ukulele, and I like this peace but it would be good to have a clearer music thing, you know… with the whole peice

  7. Woodshed September 1st, 2011 11:50 am

    funnyman: Have you tried clicking the tab link at the top?

  8. funnyman September 2nd, 2011 7:26 am

    sorry, I figured that out right after I wrote that….

    so sorry, I have pretty much learned it though

    p.s. im only 10

  9. Woodshed September 2nd, 2011 11:11 am

    funnyman: No worries. I’d formatted this one differently than the others – which meant it wasn’t as obvious as it usually is. Changed it back now.

  10. Maddy November 24th, 2011 9:52 am

    I don’t understand what you mean by the hard bit or how to play it.
    Please explain! :) :/

  11. wyrlo November 16th, 2012 6:34 am

    i cannot download the tab. . . whats wrong???

  12. Woodshed November 16th, 2012 11:09 am

    wyrlo: Seems to be working now. Must just have been a temporary problem.

  13. Moises December 1st, 2012 4:15 pm

    Awesome tabs, learned it in just 30 minutes! Just what I was looking for!

  14. Woodshed December 2nd, 2012 1:29 pm

    Moises: That’s great! Thanks.

  15. Bing Yi December 4th, 2013 3:26 am

    how did u strum the 0100 and 0000 and 0020 i the 19th and 20th bars? Thanks btw this is an awesome tab

  16. Woodshed December 4th, 2013 2:50 pm

    Bing Yi: Are you talking about the bit where not all the strings are hit? I’m doing a shortened version of a normal strum. But it doesn’t matter exactly which strings you hit. If you hit others it should still sound right.

  17. Bing Yi December 9th, 2013 9:04 pm

    Thank you so much @Woodshed. It was really helpful:)

  18. Woodshed December 10th, 2013 3:49 pm

    Bing: You’re very welcome.

  19. Andrea December 21st, 2013 8:49 pm

    All I want for Christmas it to be able to play this is good as you do!

  20. Andrea December 21st, 2013 8:51 pm

    Oh… i see, the comment is waiting moderation… i didn’t realize and wrote it again.. I want to thank you for your website, you very clear and concise instruction… even if you every time I go to it I get called a c*nt.


  21. Woodshed December 22nd, 2013 5:13 pm

    Andrea: Thanks so much! I’m really glad you like it.

  22. Baker November 30th, 2017 4:45 am

    Hi, can you suggest the finger picking pattern? Thank you!

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