How to Play Jingle Bells (beginner easy guitar)

If you are a beginner and would like to learn how to play the chorus melody to Jingle Bells on the guitar, you may learn from these video tutorials. The videos also include a few ideas and exercises to help develop your skill and technique.

Easy Guitar Lesson

As you go through these short lessons, make sure you focus on two important things: clear tones and a steady pulse. my motto: too fast + too soon = too sloppy

Our apologies for the low quality audio. These lessons were originally made specifically for a student to use as a practice assignment. We are sharing because there are probably many people who would enjoy playing this simple melody on guitar. Hope this helps you.



23- What does a Quarter Note Look Like?

 

A Quarter Note is a quarter of the value of a Whole NoteA Quarter Note is one of the very first music symbols introduced to the music student. In written music, the Quarter Note is black (as with all standard written music symbols), not white as in the image to the left. As you can see, the quarter note has an oval shape which is filled in and also a vertical line extending up or down from either the right or left side.

The Value of a Quarter Note

A Quarter Note receives a quarter of the value of a whole note. So it might be good to understand what a whole is, right? click here for a review.

In Common Time (also know as four four), a whole note receives a total of 4 beats.

So let’s do some simple math: if a whole receives 4 beats in Common Time, how many beats would a Quarter Note receive? ______

If you said ‘one beat’  you are correct. If you understand grade school math, you know a quarter simply means one-fourth (1/4).

wholeIf I have $1 (One US Dollar), and divided into four equal parts, I would be able to show you a 25¢ (twenty-five cents).

If I had a one big whole big yummy pizza and divided into four equal parts (or quarters), I would have four pieces of pizza (and so would you). That would be the same as having four quarters.

quarterWhat about some sports? 4 quarters to one game? …and some schools? four quarters to the school year? …and financial reports? …quarterly?

So, from the examples, it should be clearly seen and understood that a Quarter Note is one-fourth (1/4) the value of a whole note.

 

The Staff and The Quarter Note

Just like everything else, Quarter Notes belong somewhere. They have a home, a place, a purpose. Below you can see how the Quarter Note looks in its natural environment.

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21 -The Difference between Pulse & Meter

Pulse is what moves your body when you listen to music.

It can be really fast or really slow or anything in between.

the difference between pulse and meter. photo by Jay Bryan SandiferMeter is an organized pulse. A pulse can be organized into one or more meters. The meter is influenced mostly by the feel and length of the melody. If the melody is absent, the meter is decided by the length and accents of a percussive rhythm.

Meter is commonly called Time Signature. There are many different time signatures used in music today.


 

20 -Musical Moody Modes

If you know anything about music and pitch/tone, you understand pitches/tone can be played and heard at low frequencies or high frequencies…as well as everything in between …and beyond.

Scales are simply organized pitches connecting lower to higher pitches *in order* thru a series of steps and various intervals. (In music, an interval is the simply the distance between two tones.)

There are many different types of scales.

One of the most common is the diatonic. A Diatonic Scale is a common scale with eight notes (seven different pitches/tones with note number eight completing the ‘octave’).

One of the most used and recognized Diatonic Scales is the Major Scale (I don’t know about you, but Julie Andrews voice from The Sound of Music Comes to alive…)

Did you know the common Major Scale with which most of our ears may be familiar is only one of several modes? Did you know it also has a special musical geek name? Ionian.

Say it out loud. Go ahead: Ionian (eye-ow-neon)

Within any given major key there are up to seven different diatonic scale modes (that is because there are seven different pitches within a Diatonic Scale). The following are the special names of these modes:

1. Ionian
2. Dorina
3. Phrygian
4. Lydian
5. Mixolydian
6. Aeolian
7. Locrian

Each of these modes may be characterized by certain moods and emotion triggers. Many are very foreign sounding because they are not regularly used in western pop music. To really dig deep into history and theory of music may cause your head to start spinning….it does mine.

photo by Jay Bryan Sandifer and The Worship Arts Involvement

The simplest thing for now is to realize that for the most part, western music can be pretty much divided into two modal categories: Major and minor. And, as mentioned previously, each of these types of modes invoke certain moods and emotions.

Major = happy, lighter, fun, party

Minor = serious, somber, darker, depth, mysterious