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Santa Claus is Coming to Town banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Basic Melody

    Coots and Gillespie

    This solo for Santa Claus is Coming to Town will help you get the basic melody under your fingers and prepare you for the Melodic style break.

  • Melodic Style

    Coots and Gillespie

    This melodic style solo for Santa Claus is Coming to Town is a fun way to play the melody for this classic Christmas song.

  • Backup

    Coots and Gillespie

    Here's the backup for Santa Claus is Coming to Town. A combination of vamping and rolling will help give you approach this song with some unique ideas.


More about Santa Claus is Coming to Town

"Santa Clause is Coming to Town" is one oldie tune that almost everyone knows. It's the music that warms the heart of the young ones and tends the heart of the mature as the year winds to an end. The song was written by John Frederick and Haven Gillespie and was sung in 1934 on a radio show by Eddie cantor. It immediately made the records as it sold about 30,000 within the first 24 hours of its release. Then came other versions like that of bluebird records done by George Hall and his orchestra. Hall's version was prevalent in 1934 and stood on various charts of the day. There have been over 200 artists who have recorded the song, including The Crystals, Chris Isaak, Michael Bublé Mariah Carey, Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, and The Jackson 5. The song is a traditional Christmas special that has interesting lyrics like "You'd better watch out, better not cry /You'd better not pout, I'm telling you why / Santa Claus is coming to town." This version is from Haven Gillespie. The tune was also part of what was recorded for Victor records on September 26 of 1935. "Santa Clause is coming to Town" hit the season version at number 23 on the billboard in 1963, and in that same year, Phil Spector included a version of his own in the Christmas gift for you performed by the crystals.

On Tunefox you’ll find 3 different tabs for Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Each of these tabs will teach you how to play the this tune in a different way. The Scruggs style tablature will show you how to play left hand slurs, otherwise known as hammer-ons, slides, and pull-offs. The Melodic style arrangement of will show you how to play Santa Claus is Coming to Town up the neck using major and pentatonic scales. And finally, the Backup arrangement will teach you how to play the backup for this song, which is essential for jam sessions.

There are many Scruggs, melodic and bluesy licks in these three banjo Santa Claus is Coming to Town tablatures, which can be used to personalize each arrangement into your liking. To change measure into different arrangement, just click on the "Original Measure" text above the measure and select a different lick. You can also click the "Shuffle licks" button at the bottom of the page to randomly change all of the licks in the tablature and create a wholly unique arrangement of this song.

There are a number of fantastic learning tools in Tunefox to help you memorize, learn by ear, and improve your speed. These special features are found in the "Tools" menu at the bottom right of your screen. The "Hide Notes" tool will hide a number of the notes in the tab so you can use your ears to learn parts of the melody of the Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Next, try out the "Memory Train" tool, which will hide more and more notes each time the song or measure loops. This will help get you off of the tab you’ve been working with so you can play it by memory. The "Speed Up" feature gradually speeds up the song so you can hone your technique and challenge yourself to go faster.

Each Tunefox banjo Santa Claus is Coming to Town tab contains real-sounding backing tracks. These backing tracks allow you to practice the arrangement you’re learning with with an entire band and you can change volume of the band, banjo and metronome to suit your liking.

Members can export their arrangements into PDF, allowing them to print and bring them to their next jam session.