How to Play Carol of the Bells – Piano Tutorial, Guitar Chords and Tabs, Notes, Keys, Sheet Music

Carol, Ukraine.

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 based on a folk chant known in Ukrainian as “Shchedryk”.

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

If you would like to watch and sing this children’s song, click here for the Karaoke version.

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Easy Piano Tutorial Video


 

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Sheet music with chords

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Carol of the Bells - Christmas Music Score


 

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Guitar Chords and Tabs in Dm

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Guitar Chords and Tabs in Am

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“Carol of the Bells” Guitar Chords – Singing Bell


 

Teaching ideas

How many times is the motif “fa mi-fa re” heard in the first part of the song? Or, else, how many same meters are repeated?

Find four bell-like sounding instruments, share them to four children, and play in this order: (don’t forget to sing meanwhile!)

For the first 4 meters, play the first sound (e.x. a little bell) on the first beat of every meter (4 times).

At the next 4 meters, in the same way, add the second sound (e.x. a triangle), while the previous continues to play.

Go on for the next 4 meters with the third sound (e.x. a glockenspiel A or D note) added to the two previous  and add the fourth sound (e.x. a jingle-bell – well known as sleigh bells- or little cymbals) at the last 4 meters.
Keep this 4 bells playing for the next 4 meters (“Oh how they pound/raising the sound/o”er hill and dale/telling their tale”) and stop suddenly at the next melody (“Gaily they ring/while people sing/songs of good cheer/Christmas is here/Merry, merry, merry…”) giving the lyrics the first role.


 

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