Christmas Time Is Here (Tab)

Vince Guaraldi Trio – Christmas Time Is Here (Tab)

Tis the season to be jazzy. And I’ve thrown some decidedly jazzy bits into this tune from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

I’ve added an intro with a few licks (using the E minor pentatonic scale) and some discordant chords. It’s played very loosely so feel free to change whatever you like or – even better – come up with your own.

Other than some unfamiliar chords, the tune isn’t too challenging. The right hand is all done with the thumb (except for the last chord).

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  1. pepamahina December 20th, 2011 11:42 pm

    This was just the thing for me tonight. So pretty and laid back. Love the reverse direction strum at the end. Thanks Al, and Merry Christmas.

  2. davidx December 21st, 2011 10:54 am

    Great! love this tune.Im just starting to get a good hold of TAB..Think i have a few christmas party tunes now. Thanks again Woodshead.Im thinking about buying a Flea in the new year do you still rate them.

  3. Art Crocker December 21st, 2011 1:02 pm

    Thanks Al, Merry Christmas to you,,

    A note to davidx on the Flea, among the many ukes I own I still like my Flea the best. Easy to play, sounds pretty good. I would suggest the rosewood fret


  4. Woodshed December 21st, 2011 1:10 pm

    pepamahina: Thanks! Merry Christmas to you too.

    davidx: Thanks! I haven’t had a Flea. But I do have a Fluke. I’m not so keen on it though. I wouldn’t buy one again.

    I agree with Art, get a rosewood fretboard. I hate the plastic neck on my Fluke.

    Art: And a Merry Christmas to you too!

  5. davidx December 22nd, 2011 8:51 am

    Thanks Art,Thanks Woodshed.Merry Christmas to you both.

  6. timb December 23rd, 2011 4:46 pm

    Awesome arrangement. Thanks

  7. Woodshed December 27th, 2011 12:42 pm

    timb: Thanks!

  8. Greg March 27th, 2012 5:46 pm

    This really sounds great. I’ve been trying to come up with those two chords (“Xmas time” and “is here”) just by playing around, without success. This really nails it. The intro on the Guaraldi piano version has just two chords (each with about 8 notes) in it. Could you suggest the best way to play those?

  9. tooney May 31st, 2012 10:30 pm

    Great intro and arrangement. Thanks, Al – just my speed.

  10. Woodshed June 2nd, 2012 8:06 am

    tooney: Glad to hear it. And Merry Christmas!

  11. seamus4string October 13th, 2012 1:07 am

    any chance of Linus and Lucy for this upcoming holiday season?

  12. Eno-Uke November 20th, 2012 2:48 am

    Thanks for the excellent tab and video. I searched high and low last year to find tab ir chordsheet with no luck. To me, this tune IS Christmas. A million thanks!

  13. Woodshed November 20th, 2012 11:01 am

    seamus: Not much chance, I’m afraid.

    Eno-Uke: A million you’re welcomes!

  14. Ian James November 26th, 2013 9:41 pm

    I love this piece. And really enjoying having a go at this. Thanks for posting.

  15. Woodshed November 29th, 2013 2:45 pm

    Ian: Thanks very much!

  16. Jibberjabberwocky November 25th, 2014 3:11 am

    This is a really beautiful tab. Thanks for posting this!

  17. Woodshed November 25th, 2014 2:33 pm

    Jibberjabberwocky: Thanks so much!

  18. Jason December 20th, 2015 11:48 am

    Nice! 4 years on this is still holding up.

  19. Woodshed December 20th, 2015 11:57 am

    Jason: Thanks!

  20. Dave November 29th, 2017 6:47 am

    I thought I’d lost this song tab forever. This brings back memories for me performing this at my annual Christmas concert. I love this song so much. I remember Gerald Ross playing this song with a lot of tenderness. So much great music from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

  21. Woodshed November 30th, 2017 9:41 pm

    Dave: Glad you found it again!

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