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