How to Play Christmas Ukulele

I’ve just put out the 2nd edition of How to Play Christmas Ukulele. The main points of feedback I got from the first edition were:

– Make the arrangements easier.
– Make the tabs bigger.
– Do videos.

So that’s what I’ve done.

I’ve made the full arrangements simpler. There’s less fancy fingerpicking – they’re mostly just using the thumb of the right hand. And even simpler still, I’ve done melody-only arrangements (so you’re just playing one note at a time) with chord boxes for the backing.

There are videos for all the full arrangements and MP3s for all the melody arrangements (they’re made so you can adjust the balance on your speakers and play along to the chord backing).

The book has a new look and the tabs are easier to read.

If you bought the first edition, you should already have an email letting you download the new edition free. If not, send an email to with the email address you used to buy it and you’ll get the second edition.

Buy it below or go to How to Play Ukulele to find out more.

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What You Get

Once you’ve paid (payments handled by PayPal) you’ll be taken to the download page and receive an email with a link to the page where you can download a zip file containing:

– Tab for full arrangements 11 Christmas tunes for standard tuning (gCEA re-entrant). You can watch videos of all of them being played on YouTube.
– Tab and standard notation for the melodies only with accompanying chord boxes.
– A pdf file containing performance notes for all the tunes and descriptions of some of the techniques used.
– MP3s of all the melody arrangements. You can hear the melody being played and – after a bit fiddling with your balance knob – use them as a backing track.

If you haven’t bought an ebook from me before you might want to read the FAQ page for more information. And if you’re using an iPad or any idevice, you’ll need to download to your computer, unzip and transfer the files from there.

The Full Arrangements

Here are the videos for all of the full arrangements:

Auld Lang Syne
Deck the Halls
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Good King Wenceslas (Rocky Version)
Good King Wenceslas (Traditional Version)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Here We Come A-Wassailing
In the Bleak Midwinter
Silent Night
Sussex Carol
The Holly and the Ivy
Twelve Days of Christmas

Melody Arrangements

Auld Lang Syne

Deck the Halls

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

Good King Wenceslas

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Here We Come A Wassailing

In the Bleak Midwinter

Silent Night

Sussex Carol

The Holly and the Ivy

Twelve Days of Christmas

Buy It Now

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  1. Josh Gordon December 9th, 2011 1:47 am

    Unsolicited plug: These are really nice arrangements with particularly nice voicings. Good work!

  2. Woodshed December 9th, 2011 9:10 am

    Thanks very much, Josh! Glad you like it.

  3. RobNY December 9th, 2011 12:19 pm

    I love these arrangements. Thanks so much. Very kind of you. Giving us who bought the 1st, the 2nd free. I would have gladly paid for these as well.

  4. Ian Andrews December 9th, 2011 6:22 pm

    Nice one, and less than a fiver to boot. Cheers.

  5. Woodshed December 10th, 2011 1:34 pm

    Rob: Thanks very much!

    Ian: Cheers!

  6. pepamahina December 11th, 2011 12:37 pm

    Hey Al – Is it an option to still get both books if you haven’t bought the first one yet? I like your “fancy fingerpicking” versions too. I’d like to combine the two books into one so that there is a simple version of the song, and then a more complicated one.

  7. Melissa December 11th, 2011 2:14 pm

    I have been really enjoying this, thanks so much! I’m going to go play for my Granny & her peeps at the nursing home — and I think they’ll enjoy these. :)

    Happy Yule!

  8. Iain December 11th, 2011 11:51 pm

    Having only just finished renovating my armadillo-shell charango I find your choice of passcode an extremely suspicious coincidence. Are you my secret stalker? Anyway look forward to whiling away the festive hours visiting rellies by getting these down. Cheers.

  9. keith December 14th, 2011 6:25 pm

    got mine yesterday, starting tonight

  10. Woodshed December 14th, 2011 9:43 pm

    pepamahina: Sorry, that’s now just a bonus for those quick off the mark.

    Melissa: Thanks! Have a great show.

    Iain: Yes!

    keith: Hope you enjoy it.

  11. jessica December 16th, 2011 2:09 pm

    I am so so so glad you made this thing – downloading now! Bless you! One request – please – can you do something for Sleigh Ride (key of C)? The chords on that one have had me stumped since fall, and everything I see online (for guitar) seems wrong to me. It all seems to come unhinged at the part that goes “We’ll be singing the songs we love to sing without a single stop..”

  12. Jessica October 31st, 2013 4:08 pm

    All awesome! Thank you for sharing this! Your site is so useful and I love it! I’m so happy to have found your Christmas book. I will definitely be playing these songs with family this Christmas! Thanks again :)

  13. Woodshed October 31st, 2013 9:27 pm

    Jessica: Thanks! And Merry Christmas!

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