Jingle Bells

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Jingle Bells." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

Genre: Holiday
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Key of G

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Video #1: Here is a video of me performing the fiddle tune "Jingle Bells."

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This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Jingle Bells." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Jingle Bells." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Jingle Bells." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Jingle Bells." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Jingle Bells." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Jingle Bells." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Jingle Bells." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!


"Jingle Bells" is one of the best-known and commonly sung Christmas songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and published under the title "One Horse Open Sleigh" in the autumn of 1857. Even though it is now associated with the Christmas and holiday season, it was actually originally written to be sung for American Thanksgiving.

It is an unsettled question where and when James Lord Pierpont originally composed the song that would become known as "Jingle Bells". A plaque at 19 High Street in the center of Medford Square in Medford, Massachusetts commemorates the "birthplace" of "Jingle Bells", and claims that Pierpont wrote the song there in 1850, at what was then the Simpson Tavern. According to the Medford Historical Society, the song was inspired by the town's popular sleigh races during the 19th century.

"Jingle Bells" was originally copyrighted with the name "One Horse Open Sleigh" on September 16, 1857.  It was reprinted in 1859 with the revised title of "Jingle Bells, or the One Horse Open Sleigh". The song has since passed into public domain. (wikipedia.org)


Jingle Bells

G
Dashing through the snow
                    C
In a one-horse open sleigh
                  D
O'er the hills we go
                 G
Laughing all the way.

Bells on bobtail ring
               C
Making spirits bright
                 D
Oh what fun to ride and sing
                   G       D 
A sleighing song tonight.  Oh!

chorus
G
Jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way!
C             G
O what fun it is to ride
   A                D     
In a one-horse open sleigh - Hey!
G
Jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way!
C             G
O what fun it is to ride
   D                G     
In a one-horse open sleigh.

A day or two ago
I thought I'd take a ride
And soon Miss Fannie Bright
Was seated by my side.
The horse was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
He got into a drifted bank
And we — we got upsot.

chorus

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 as there I sprawling lie,
But quickly drove away,

chorus

Now the ground is white
Go it while you're young,
Take the girls tonight
And sing this sleighing song:
Just get a bobtailed bay
Two forty is his speed
Hitch him to an open sleigh
And crack! You'll take the lead.

chorus
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  • #6335

    John Cockman
    Keymaster
    #6336

    John White

    Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat, please put a penny in the old mans hat. If you haven’t got a penny, then halve a pence will do, if you haven’t got halve a pence then God Bless You!

    -Bekah White

    #6337

    Anonymous

    Hi John, thanks for the great music sheets and song selections. I noticed that the music sheet for intermediate version of Jingle Bells actually links me to Over the River and through the Woods. Is it possible to connect it to the Intermediate Version of Jingle Bells w/notation? thanks!

    #6338

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Hi Jack, thanks for the heads-up! It should be fixed now. John

    #40761

    Mark Rowe
    Member

    Hi John,  I’m  really enjoying your on line lessons.  Just wondering if you could give some feedback on getting my speed up.  I am really struggling to get any song with a “shuffle” in it up to speed.  Are there any helpful exercises that address this. (I have been focusing on Jingle bells because the left hand isn’t that complicated-, but it has been two weeks and I just cant get my bow arm to move faster!) Is it all in my head?

    Thanks,

    Mark.

    #40764

    Angela
    Participant

    Hi Mark,

    ‘I’m sure John will give you some great expert advice. I’ll tell you what works for me. I have to use less bow and more wrist than arm. Also, using a metronome starting slow with one phrase and then bumping the speed up 5 clicks. Then 5 more clicks. Etc

    and I have to know it so well I don’t have to think about it. ?

    #40767

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    That is great advice from Angela. It really is amazing how much less bow I use when playing fast than when playing slow. It’s almost like it’s a totally different song. Practice the shuffle independently, by itself, on some open strings. Once you can shuffle fast without the left hand, you can start adding notes in. Jingle Bells is a good tune, but hard to get fast. I recommend starting with Fire on the Mountain, or Old Joe Clark for practice with fast shuffles.

    #40777

    Angela
    Participant

    Mark, have you seen this?  I watch this and stand amazed at the speed. Just do what he’s doing here. Ha

    #40778
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    I feel sorry for his bow hair!

    #40781
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    I’ve seen it before…he makes smoke come outta that thing on that tune.  Gosh, John…I’m an admirer…you play any style like its nothing!  That’s amazing!

    #40803

    Mark Rowe
    Member

    Thank you for the feedback on playing fast!  I think I’ll give jingle bells a rest and really focus on the shuffel.

    bit

    #40808

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    I think that is a good idea! Once you are comfortable with the right hand making constant shuffles, it will be so much easier integrating the left hand and getting those notes up to speed.

    Thanks Angela! I am going to post more jam vids with my brothers and others. It is so much fu! My bros and I played three concerts this weekend, and in between we had a talk about integrating them into BGDU and making it a family venture.

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