Jingle Bell Rock (Tab)

Jingle Bell Rock (Tab)

One of the many, many, many things I love about Christmas is that you can unselfconsciously use as many jazzy chords as you like. So I take every chance I get in this arrangement to use the devil’s interval and bust out my favourite turnaround chord of all time: the +5. There’s the G+5 (0332 and 0576) for most of the turnarounds and a C7+5 (3443) to introduce the key change in the “…” section.

This arrangement uses mostly strums. Generally, wherever all strings are notated you’re strumming and otherwise you’re picking.

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  1. Alice December 9th, 2010 8:29 pm

    I love the Jingle Bell Rock arrangement! Favourite uke piece I’ve heard so far

  2. George Stone December 10th, 2010 7:52 am

    You do great!! Sometimes you Rock, sometimes you don’t, but when you’re playing allways is a good stuff.
    Thanks, Al

  3. lisa December 10th, 2010 1:05 pm

    LOVE it!! Thanks for another great post!

  4. Mike December 10th, 2010 2:05 pm

    OK, I was a little sceptical going in to it, but this arrangement is really charming and fun to play. Thanks so much!

  5. Russ December 12th, 2010 12:25 am

    iv tried so hard to get this down. the rush is on, Christmas is close. solid post though thanks alot!

  6. Caitlin December 12th, 2010 10:35 pm

    I aspire to be as good as you! Goodness, I have a lot to work on. It sounds amazing though, thanks so much for the tabs!

  7. Mae December 13th, 2010 6:02 am

    Its so hard! D:

  8. Woodshed December 13th, 2010 8:49 pm

    Alice: Thanks very much!

    lisa: You’re welcome.

    Mike: I can understand the scepticism. I’ve never been completely convinced by this song.

    Russ: Good luck getting it together!

    Caitlin: You’re making me blush.

    Mae: That’s what she said.

  9. Emily December 14th, 2010 4:36 pm


  10. Woodshed December 14th, 2010 7:17 pm

    George: You’re welcome.

    Emily: Thanks!

  11. Jon December 14th, 2010 11:18 pm

    As inspiring as ever, only 11 sleeps to learn my Xmas songs and now this is added to the list. I must practice more!

  12. funnyman September 3rd, 2011 11:55 pm

    i love it but I STINK at playing it


  13. Woodshed September 4th, 2011 11:39 am

    Funnyman: Still plenty of practice time between now and Christmas.

  14. Jill November 3rd, 2011 1:03 am

    That was amazing! i really wanna learn it but i can’t read music… can you put up a tutorial or tabs please??? it would mean a lot to me :)

  15. Woodshed November 3rd, 2011 11:27 am

    Jill: There’s a guide to reading tab here.

  16. Ivey December 8th, 2011 1:46 pm


  17. Adam December 8th, 2011 8:40 pm

    Amazing. I have been trying to learn this for about a week now. I can not seem to figure out how to play measures 14-15 and measures 26-27 correctly. I cannot seem to get the strumming correctly, any hints?

  18. Olive May 22nd, 2012 2:50 am

    I have a question, and it’s been burning up my mind for quite sometime and I have no idea why I didn’t ask here before hand!
    Is there a difference between plastic or metal strings? When I see you playing on a metal strung uku, it seems to sound rather different than when I want to play it on Aquila plastic strings (what the uku came with)
    I’d like to know if it has something to do with that, or if maybe I’m not playing it right. For instance in this song, I can’t get it to quite sound right, I don’t think. It’s a bit deeper and more of a droning sound than what seems to come from your playing or others. Any tips?

  19. Woodshed May 22nd, 2012 10:16 am

    Olive: I always have plastic strings on my ukuleles. It might be that I’m using a tenor ukulele here. It’s going to sound different on a soprano.

  20. michael December 6th, 2012 10:48 pm

    anyone got the chords for this song?

  21. Woodshed December 7th, 2012 8:53 am

    michael: They’ll be on Ultimate Guitar.

  22. fedebaban November 25th, 2013 9:15 am

    This will be my Christmas Tab this year!!! Thanks

  23. Woodshed November 26th, 2013 6:13 am

    fedebaban: Happy playing!

  24. Rob December 24th, 2013 1:56 pm

    Loving all your tabs woodshed. Are you happy for your arrangements to be played and uploaded to youtube by others?

  25. Woodshed December 24th, 2013 4:45 pm

    Rob: I’d be delighted!

  26. Rob December 24th, 2013 5:38 pm

    Thank you! Have a great Christmas. Have you got a facebook page or anything? :)

  27. Woodshed December 25th, 2013 11:00 am

    Rob: You too! I don’t have a Facebook but I do have a Twitter and a Tumblr.

  28. Rob December 25th, 2013 11:30 am

    Can i have a link to your twitter please? Merry Christmas!

  29. Woodshed December 26th, 2013 9:36 am

    Rob: It’s @UkeHunt.

  30. Ashley December 10th, 2014 4:47 pm


    On the PDF could you write the chords above the Tab so that us novices can play along. e.g. c Cmaj7 C6. Also, if you can suggest a strum pattern. A lot of us are not that advanced yet.

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