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Guitar Tablature: "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"

The song "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" dates all the way back to the 16th century, but it is just as timeless as ever. Learning how to play "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" on guitar will give you a chance to practice and demonstrate both E-based and A-based barre chord progressions. Although you can play it using only one barre chord, by combining both kinds of barre chords (E-based and A-based), you can play this song with much less left-hand movement. Minimizing left-hand movement enables you to play both faster and more smoothly as well as to achieve better voice leading, or smoothness of motion between the individual notes of the changing chords. (Good voice leading produces a pleasing sound.)

To play “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” you need to know how to play E-based barre chords; how to play A-based barre chords; and how to play guitar dressed in a stuffy costume with a pillow strapped to your belly.

Power chords are well-suited to a heavier, distorted sound, and you can use them in place of full versions of chords because they usually contain the same bottom two or three notes. So if you’re feeling a bit rebellious, maybe a bit wicked, crank up your amp and play “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” with power chords, a distorted sound, and a really bad attitude.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas
We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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