Christmas Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar

Kevin Casper
Santa playing guitar

Anytime is a good time to learn some Christmas songs for fingerstyle guitar. Whether you're a seasonal guitar player who only plays during the holidays or more of a regular picker, you'll need to begin practicing before the holiday season in order to have your favorite songs worked up in time for Christmas. The holiday season is one of the few times in the year when everyone important in your life comes together, and sitting around with friends and family singing your favorite holiday classics is a great way to celebrate this time. Check out the information below to learn where to find great Christmas songs to play on fingerstyle guitar.

Finding Christmas Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar

Internet Resources

The Internet has proven to be a fantastic resource for guitar players to find tabs and chords to songs that they love. Usually, the transcriptions can be obtained for free as well. Check out the following links to find some useful fingerstyle Christmas song resources.

  • Guitar Noise - This is a great resource with excellent articles by author and guitar teacher David Hodge that explains how to play fingerstyle classics like I'll Be Home for Christmas, SIlver Bells, Blue Christmas, and more. The articles also have audio clips so you can hear how the songs are supposed to sound as you go.
  • Guitar Songs - This site has a bunch of Christmas songs like Do They Know It's Christmas?, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Let it Snow, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause and more.

Books and Sheet Music

The following links will take you to books and sheet music resources where you can buy music for fingerstyle Christmas songs. Free Internet resources are great, but sometimes it's nice to have clean, professional music in the palm of your hand. The transcriptions are almost always more accurate, and you don't have to spend time searching around on the computer. It can be worth the small investment to buy the music you need. These books all use standard notation and tabs.

  • A Fingerstyle Guitar Christmas - Over twenty songs are transcribed in this book like Auld Lang Syne, Away in a Manger, What Child is This? and more.
  • Fingerstyle Noel - This book has over thirty fingerstyle songs for guitar, and it even has two flute/fingerstyle guitar duets if you have a flute player in your family.
  • A Fingerstyle Christmas - Classics such as Angels We Have Heard on High, Deck the Halls, Jingle Bells, O Christmas Tree and more can be found in this text.
  • Christmas Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar - This Mel Bay published text includes such standards as Silent Night, O Holy Night, Jingle Bells and O Little Town of Bethlehem.

Begin Practicing Early

It's never too early to get your guitar out and begin practicing for the holiday season. Being able to confidently get up and play Christmas songs for fingerstyle guitar in front of your friends and family is a great feeling, but you have to make sure you put in the practice so you can relax and have a good time playing and singing. Use the resources above and begin working out your favorites.

Christmas Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar