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Jingle Bells banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Basic Melody


    Sonny Osborne has said it's how everyone should start learning banjo. Don't learn rolls at first learn how to play melodies. If all you are hearing is rolls and no tune, you're in trouble. Even Earl Scruggs has said a comment from his mother changed the way he thought about banjo. Hot licks don't mean much if you can't hear the tune, so start with the melody. Here we've tabbed it out, but try and use the note hider to learn by ear. Isolate a measure at a time, so you don't get overwhelmed. Also, learn the G scale, and pick out simple melodies using trial and error by ear. Nursery rhymes are a fantastic place to start.

  • Jam


    Check out the beginner version of Jingle Bells first. Know what the melody is. Notice we've added some licks in. Notice where we've added them in. Half notes are a great place to add licks and rolls into a melody. Use the lick switcher for even more variations.

  • Bluegrass


    Mashing through the snow! This is the Scruggs style arrangement of Jingle Bells you need to get the Christmas party started.


More about Jingle Bells

"Jingle Bells" is one of the world's best-known and most commonly sung American songs. A statue at 19 High Street in the middle of Medford Square in Medford, Massachusetts, commemorates the "Jingle Bells" birthplace, saying that Pierpont wrote the song there in 1850. At what was then the Simpson Tavern. Mrs Otis Waterman, one of Pierpoint's relatives, identified the song as a "Merry little jingle" written in 1859 under the updated title of "Jingle Bells or the One Horse Open Sleigh." And this became part of its new name. At parties, "Jingle Bells" was often used as a drinking song: people would jingle the ice as they sang in their glasses. The double meaning of "Upsot" was thought to be humorous, and a sleigh ride gave an unescorted couple a rare opportunity to be together, unchaperoned, in distant woods or fields, with all the opportunities offered by the music historian James Fuld notes that "The word jingle in the title and opening phrase is apparently an imperative verb." "Jingle bells" are commonly referred to as a type of whistle.

Each Tunefox arrangement teaches you how to create your own solos by using a feature called the Lick Switcher. The Lick Switcher features different style licks such as Scruggs, Melodic, or Bluesy and you can swap out measures in Jingle Bells to learn about improvisation and creating arrangements. To use the Lick Switcher, click on the text "Original Measure" above certain measures in the song. Then select the lick you'd like to insert into the song. You can also click on "Shuffle Licks" at the bottom of the page to see a fully new version of the tablature.

Be sure to check out all of the great learning tools that Tunefox has to offer such as "Hide Notes", "Memory Train", and "Speed Up". These tools can be found in the "Tools" menu at the bottom right of your screen. Want to learn some of Jingle Bells by ear? Use "Hide Notes" to hide some or all of the notes in the tablature. Once you’re finished learning with the tab use the "Memory Train" tool to commit the song to memory. Then practice with "Speed Up" to improve your technique and speed in no time.

Using backing tracks for practice should be an essential part of every musician’s routine. With Tunefox, you can practice Jingle Bells as fast or as slow as you want and mix the volume of the tracks with the instrument to your liking. There’s also a metronome so you can always feel the pulse of the song with or without the band track playing along.

When you’ve finished creating your arrangement of Jingle Bells, export your song arrangement to PDF file. This feature is for members of Tunefox, only.