Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (Chords)

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (Chords)

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is the simplest Christmas song and ideal for kids.

I’ve tried to simplify the chords even further for this arrangement. For a fair chunk of the song, a C6 chord is being played (all strings open). I’ve written C6 every time but using a full C chord at the end would give it a proper ending. Other than that, there are only two other chords: F and G7.

If you’re after a more challenging version of the song I’ll be doing a solo, fingerpicking version tomorrow.

Until then, you can pass the time by heading over the fold and, since it’s the season to waste away the hours in the office playing games, shoot as many reindeer as you can.

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My record so far is 64 slain reindeer.

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  1. Nelson December 12th, 2007 11:54 pm

    My record is 144!

    …:sniffle: I wish I had a life…

  2. Ritchie December 13th, 2007 7:39 am

    Daft game, my record is about 3.

    ….boo hoo ,,, wish I was as good as Nelson.

  3. Jill December 13th, 2007 10:47 am

    Ah…you’ve simplified it! I was starting to worry about you this morning. That’s a good idea. I think I’ll print it out and let the nieces and nephews learn a little uke this Christmas. Thanks Al!

  4. Art Crocker December 13th, 2007 12:25 pm

    A fun simple song and your White Christmas tab is very good. Look forward to the next edition of Rudolph. I can hardly wait for NEXT Christmas, maybe by then I will have some of these songs properly learned.

  5. weelie December 13th, 2007 12:36 pm

    Oh, I was just about to tab this in fingerpicking. I guess I won’t then!

  6. Woodshed December 13th, 2007 7:04 pm

    Nelson: That is just too good. You’re a natural reindeer assassin.

    Jill: I think you’re the only person other than my mum who’s ever worried about me. Good look with the lil uns.

    Art: Thanks. Hope you like the Rudolph.

    weelie: You should definitely still have a go at working up your own version.

  7. kabekoo December 15th, 2007 1:59 am

    Great song !
    But I cant’t fint the chords on your simpliest version…2 days ago it was allright..but i couldn’t print it… (sorry for my language)
    sorry i’m a french rock’n’roll loser try to sing this song to two children’s…in french…it sound like this…

    On l’appelait nez rouge ah! Comme il était mignon
    Le p’tit renne au nez rouge, rouge comme un lumignon
    Son p’tit nez faisait rire, chacun s’en moquait beaucoup
    On allait jusqu’à dire qu’il aimait prendre un petit coup

  8. Woodshed December 15th, 2007 2:25 pm

    Sorry about that, kabekoo. Fixed now.

  9. Miez March 14th, 2008 7:10 pm

    145 score W00T XD

  10. Woodshed March 14th, 2008 9:16 pm

    Wow, you’re still playing. Now that’s dedication.

  11. jermy June 6th, 2008 4:25 pm

    i got a 74 on my 2nd try

  12. Rallu August 31st, 2008 4:24 pm

    I’m already rehearsing for next christmass. Got 134 on first try and almost learned the song too ;)

  13. Woodshed August 31st, 2008 7:16 pm

    You can never get too much practice :D

  14. tral September 1st, 2008 10:55 am

    i got 247 first try.

  15. Woodshed September 1st, 2008 9:16 pm

    Show off ;)

  16. GuitarFreak November 4th, 2008 11:36 pm

    Hell yes! 290 reindeers! though i am renowned for not having a life…..

  17. Woodshed November 5th, 2008 7:13 pm

    Congratulations, GuitarFreak, that’s impressive.

  18. Rini April 12th, 2009 8:44 pm

    I’m brand new to ukulele playing so sorry if this is a bad question, but what is the strum pattern?

  19. Ukulele addict May 9th, 2009 8:27 pm

    “But atleast you got 319 of them, think you can have an even sweeter revenge?”
    A good record for first try …..

  20. Agnethe October 2nd, 2009 7:56 pm

    I got 72 :P

  21. Jojo December 17th, 2009 5:03 pm



    merry xmas

    and thanks for your nice tabs

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