12/4/17

Ukulele Fingerstyle: Play Jingle Bells


Jingle Bells was written by Medford Massachusetts resident James Pierpont in 1850.

It was inspired by annual one-horse open-sleigh races that took place on Salem and Pleasant Streets between Medford Square and Malden Square.


Check out this great fingerstyle arrangement...


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Jingle Bells - Fingerstyle Ukulele

Performance notes

Overall use the right hand fingering, the bluegrass approach, we learned here:


Measure 1 & measure 5

Let the first 5 notes all ring. To play the 16th notes, use your thumb for the first note and first finger for the second.

Measure 11

Alternate your 1st and 2nd finger to play the notes on the 1st string.

1st finger: Strum the chord, down strum
2nd finger: Play the first single note
1st finger: Play the second single note

Watch the timing here, you had a dotted note and next a 16th note

1st finger: Strum the chord, down strum
2nd finger: Play the single note

Here's how you play the last two of 16th note chords

1st finger: Strum the chord, down strum
1st finger: Strum the chord, up strum



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