Christmas Ukulele: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas


Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Chords)

This is one of my all time favourite Christmas songs. A huge number of people have done this song but my favourites are Coldplay’s (in the video) and Patsy Monteleone’s version on MUD.

The chords in my version are loosely based on Patsy’s version – and, gosh, there are a lot of chords in it.

Some of the chord changes in this song are gorgeous. The change between C and Am7 is a fairly common one. You could play Am7 with all open strings but this one is much more effective. The chord is just the Gm shape moved up two frets (with the open G string giving the 7th note). It just goes to show what a huge difference the chord inversion you use can make.

The other stand-out chord changes come from very small changes in chords like the Em – Em maj7 – G progression. There’s only a difference between each chord of one fret of one note but it’s very effective.

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18 Comments

  1. Flukie Uke December 19th, 2007 12:55 pm

    This one was great. Thanks. A little challenging for my level for it keeps sounding better all the time.

  2. Woodshed December 19th, 2007 8:46 pm

    Keep practicing, Flukie. You’ll get there eventually.

  3. Cheerful One (Emma) December 20th, 2007 6:35 pm

    Ooh, that’s lovely. Thanks :)

  4. Woodshed December 21st, 2007 6:44 pm

    Glad you like it, Emma.

  5. DanV October 20th, 2008 1:18 pm

    Video is no longer available :o(

  6. Vincent November 20th, 2008 3:16 pm

    I have a Christmas request Woodshed, Dan Fogelbergs Same Old Lang Syne

  7. Woodshed November 20th, 2008 11:05 pm

    Vincent: Any link?

  8. Vincent November 21st, 2008 3:14 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYIWeow6W14&feature=related

    Its a piano but i think it would sound good on a uke

  9. Woodshed November 21st, 2008 8:07 pm

    Vincent: There are chords for it on Chordie.

  10. dahlia December 1st, 2008 5:08 am

    is this for the standar GCEA tuning?

  11. Woodshed December 3rd, 2008 8:40 pm

    dahlia: Sure is.

  12. Robert Wolfgramm March 23rd, 2011 12:55 am

    wonderful

  13. San Fran Ukie November 8th, 2011 5:12 pm

    This is one of my favorites, too! Your vocal range is the same for me…can you provide the chords for the key in which you’re playing? (The download sheet is in a different key.) I’ve only had my new uke (her name is Lucy) for a few days, and I’d like to learn this in time for the holidays. Thanks for you help and for the great vids!

  14. Lorenzo December 8th, 2011 3:08 am

    Hey there, this is a great piece :)

    I covered this song using your chords.. and I just started playing this ukulele 3 weeks ago.. so, to say thanks, here’s the link :D
    :
    http://youtu.be/QcHmWszOhB4

  15. EmmyEdgy December 15th, 2011 2:15 am

    I’m with San Fran Ukie, Love the video and the key you play it in is much more in my range than the download on this page (sounds like you start on G?) Any chance you could share those chords with us? I tried tuning my uke down a 5th, but that just sounded all wonky. Thanks!

  16. jay December 24th, 2011 6:45 pm

    So sweet and lovely, really made me smile. Thanks.

  17. Mike Warren January 6th, 2013 1:32 am

    Fabulous voice. Sounds a lot like Doris Day. Loved it. Merry Christmas to you too.

  18. Woodshed January 6th, 2013 11:38 am

    Mike: Merry Christmas to you too!

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