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 These lessons were originally made specifically for a student to use as a practice assignment.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

19 -What is a Half Note (and half rest)?


what is a half note

A Half Note is a notation symbol which receives half the counted value of a whole note. A whole note commonly receives 4 beats. So many many beats would a common Half Note receive? __________.

Half Notes have note ‘stems’. The note stems may point up or down depending on where they are found on the staff.


*It is very important to understand that beats are not the same as seconds. Many beginning students easily mistake the counted value of notes as being measured in terms of seconds.

As mentioned in the previous whole note lesson, every note had an equal valued rest and name. If there is a name and value for a note, there is an equal and same name and value for a rest.

What is a half rest

This is what a half rest looks like.

It is easy for some students to confuse the half rest for the whole rest.

The half rest is ‘up’. The whole note is ‘down’ …see?

Personally, I like to tell students the Half Rest looks like a hat.


Learn about the Quarter note now.

18 -More Finger Strength Biulding Exercises for Piano and Guitar


17 -Finger Exercises for Piano, Keyboard & Guitar

It is important to develop as much strength, dexterity and coordination as possible in each finger used for music. Using the following [somewhat intense] analogy, fingers are extended tools and weapons used to conquer and subject emotions. Having strong and controllable fingers helps to have strong musicianship.

Here are two very easy and simple strength building exercises:

Guitar First Position Exercise:

Piano 5 Finger Exercise:

Hope this helps you!

16 -Simple Music Symbols (whole rest & whole note)


Music Notation uses two types of names: (1) the letter name and (2) the value name.

The Letter Name helps determine the pitch relationship to other notes.

  • An ‘A’ note may be sung or played lower (or higher) than a ‘B’ …depending on where the notes sit on the music staff.
  • you might ask yourself when looking at notes on the staff….Is that an A or B?

The Value Name simply determines who long or short the note is sung or played.

  • A whole note has a longer lasting value than a sixteenth note. In other words the whole note is longer sounding than the sixteenth note.
  • you might ask yourself when looking at notes on the staff….Is that an quarter note or a half note?


The first symbol we will introduce is the Whole Rest. It is a quiet ‘invisible’ note. Musical rests are ‘quiet notes’. The Whole Rest means to have a long silence which typically lasts four beats. If you can count to four in your head, you can understand this powerful symbol.

  • Try this: count silently (and steadily) in your head: one-two-three-four
  • Also try this: look at something near you and count slowly in your head: one-two-three-four

This is what a Whole Rest looks like. To help remember, think of it as a hole in the ground.

Whole rest

The Whole Note is equal in value to the Whole Rest. In fact, every common note value has an equal valued rest. If the Whole Rest typically gets four beats  (or counts) how many beats does the Whole Note receive? This is what a Whole Note looks like.

The Whole Note is oval shaped like an egg and has an ’empty’ center. What else does the whole note look like to you?

Whole Note


Next up? Get your hands dirty with basic finger strength exercises!

*another name for the whole note is ‘semibreve’.