How To Play Jingle Bells On The Ukulele – Best Way In Just 5 Chords!

How to play Jingle Bells on the Ukulele

Introduction

The Lesser-Known History of “Jingle Bells”

Some things are certain in life and one of them is that you are always going to hear “Jingle Bells” on Christmas. The first Christmas song you learned to sing in school.

Sung by carolers (and cats) worldwide. Favorite holiday tune of the Joker – because he gets away. You know it as well as Happy Birthday – maybe better. But how much do you know about “Jingle Bells?”

How to play jingle bells on the ukulele

Legend says that the song made its debut in 1850 in Medford, Massachusetts, composed by James Lord Pierpont.

Pierpont was a native of the town and wished to write something to commemorate the town’s annual sleigh races around Thanksgiving.

Historians have cast some doubt on that date because it’s recorded that Pierpont had relocated to Savannah, Georgia by that time. However, there’s a plaque in the Medford town square saluting Pierpont’s songwriting achievement.

He revealed the song in 1857 under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh.” It had three verses along with the one we usually sing today and details a young couple who go riding and tip their sleigh in a snowdrift.

As its popularity elevated, the song became simply known as “Jingle Bells,” referring to the jolly chorus.

It was first recorded in 1889 on an Edison cylinder. While that recording no longer exists, the second one from 1898 can still be found online.

As you already know today we are going to learn how to play “Jingle Bells” on Ukulele in 5 chords but additionally, we will put one easier version for beginners also.

How to Play Jingle Bells on the Ukulele:

Playing The Chords

This version has 5 chords that we are going to use in order to play this song and we hope that you are going to learn them quick enough.

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As we already mentioned in case you are looking for some easier versions, just scroll down where beginners lesson is also added!

“Jingle Bells” Ukulele Chords Structure and Lyrics

Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh,

Over the fields we go, laughing all the way.

Bells on bob-tails ring, making spirits bright,

What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight. Oh!

Chorus:

Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way!

O what fun it is to ride

In a one-horse open sleigh, hey!

Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way!

O what fun it is to ride

In a one-horse open sleigh

a day or two ago, I thought I’d take a ride

And soon Miss Fanny Bright was seated by my side

The horse was lean and lank, Misfortune seemed his lot

We ran into a drifted bank and there we got upsot. Oh!

Chorus:

Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way!

O what fun it is to ride

In a one-horse open sleigh, hey!

Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way!

O what fun it is to ride

In a one-horse open sleigh

a day or two ago, the story I must tell

I went out on the snow and on my back I fell

a gent was riding by in a one-horse open sleigh

He laughed at me as I there lay but quickly drove away. Oh!

Chorus:

Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way!

O what fun it is to ride

In a one-horse open sleigh, hey!

Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way!

O what fun it is to ride

In a one-horse open sleigh

Now the ground is white, go it while you’re young

Take the girls along and sing this sleighing song

Just bet a bobtailed bay, Two forty as his speed

Hitch him to an open sleigh and crack! You’ll take the lead. Oh!

watch: How to play Jingle Bells on ukulele beginners version

 Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed this Jingle Bells easy ukulele tutorial and you will have a great time playing it with your family especially for holidays.

In case you are interested in some additional lessons feel free to check our “Mary Had a Little Lamb” ukulele lesson.

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