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Tips for playing "Rudolph": If don't know how to barre a Bm, this might be a good opportunity to learn it, since it's only played in the slow and loose, and thus forgiving, intro. Otherwise, you can use the Bm7 substitution. Also, more advanced guitarists can give this song a country feel by alternating the bass and throwing in a bass walkup from G -> C when moving from the first to the second part. Saddle up them reindeer and let's move out!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Johnny Marks


Chord Guide

       32 1

C:    x32010


Bm:   x24432


Am:  x02210

      3    4

G:    3x0003


Em:   022000

       1 2

A7:  x02020


D7:   xx0212


D:    xx0232


        B   D U B   D U

Strum:  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   w/swing feel


Intro (Play freely, one strum/chord):

                 C                 Bm            Am           G

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen

  C               Bm          Am            G

Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen

  Em           Am

But do you recall

               A7                       D7

The most famous reindeer of all?


w/strum pattern:

  G (3)

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer


Had a very shiny nose

 D (3)

And if you ever saw it


You would even say it glows

G (3)

All of the other reindeer


Used to laugh and call him names

    D (3)

They never let poor Rudolph


Join in any reindeer games


    C                      G

Then one foggy Christmas Eve

  C                   G

Santa came to say:

   D (2)

"Rudolph with your nose so bright

   A7                         D7

Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"

    G (3)

Then how the reindeer loved him.


As they shouted out with glee:

   D (3)

"Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer

                                 G (hold 3rd beat)

You'll go down in history"



This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.