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Tips for playing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas": The C -> D7 -> G transitions can be made easier by employing anchor fingers (here's my video lesson on anchor fingers) and lead fingers: Two secrets of the guitar greats. An anchor finger stays in the same place while other fingers move to a new chord. When playing C -> D, your anchor finger will be on the 2nd string, 1st fret. A lead finger stays on the same string when moving to a different chord, scooting along the string like a train on a monorail. In your D7 -> G transition, your third finger can scoot from the 1st string, 2nd fret to the third fret without losing contact, provided you fret a G chord using your 3rd finger on the 1st string (I have about five ways of fretting an open G depending on the situation).

We Wish You a Merry Christmas



Chord Guide

      3    4

G:    3x0003

       32 1

C:    x32010

       1 2

A7:  x02020


D7:   xx0212

       213 4

B7:   x21202


Em:   022000


D:    xx0232


Am:  x02210


        D   D U D U

Strum:  1 + 2 + 3 +


        G                          C                                  

We wish you a Merry Christmas,

       A7                        D7                                  

We wish you a Merry Christmas,

       B7                       Em                                 

We wish you a Merry Christmas,

            C (2 beats)     D7 (1 beat)   G                                       

And a Happy          New           Year.



         G                D         A7                D7                  

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin,

       G (2)                                             Am (2 beats)   D7 (1 beat)   G                                       

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy          New            Year.


          G                           C

Now bring us some figgy pudding,

         A7                         D7

Now bring us some figgy pudding,

         B7                         Em

Now bring us some figgy pudding,

           C (2 beats)    D7 (1 beat)   G

And a cup of       good          cheer.




        G                       C

We won't go until we get some

        A7                     D7

We won't go until we get some

       B7                      Em

We won't go until we get some

       C (2 beats)    D7 (1 beat)   G

So bring it        out            here!




Repeat Verse 1


Chorus, Hold last G

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.