Carol of the Βells – How to Play on Glockenspiel / Xylophone

By Mykola Leontovich
Arranged by Peter Wilhousky
Copyright 1936, Carl Fischer, Llc

“Carol of the Bells” is a popular Christmas carol, composed by Mykola Leontovych with lyrics by Peter J. Wilhousky.

The song is associated with the coming New Year which, in pre-Christian Ukraine, was originally celebrated with the coming of spring in April.

On this page you can find a glockenspiel tutorial video, sheet music with a glockenspiel chart that will help you find the notes on the Musical instrument and a Printable PDF for free Download. If you would like to watch and sing this song, click here for the Karaoke version.

Glockenspiel / Xylophone Tutorial Video

Carol of the Bells Glockenspiel / Xylophone Sheet Music and Note Chart

The melody of Carol of the Bells is moderately difficult and it consists of 11 notes (9 natural and 2 accidental ones) as you can see on the chart following the notes of the song.
Almost half of the song consists of the phrase “F EF D”.

A point that needs more careful study is at measures 13-14, with the ascending scale where C# appears too.

Watch the video a couple of times and study each part at your own pace until you get the hang of it.

Remember to use both mallets as much as you can – not only the one that is more convenient for you (e.g. the right one if you’re right-handed) as this an important basic technique.

To save this free music sheet of “Carol of the Bells” to your computer, right click (or tap and hold, on mobile devices) and choose “Save Image As…”. Alternatively, you can download the PDF file below.Carol of the bells free glockenspiel sheet music notes chart pdf

Free Printable PDF with Glockenspiel / Xylophone Music Sheet with Note Chart and Lyrics

To download a printable PDF file with sheet music for glockenspiel of this song, click on the button above or on the following link.

Carol of the Bells | Free PDF with Glockenspiel Sheet Music

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