White Christmas Chords and Lyrics

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Words and Music by Irving Berlin

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Rosemary Clooney & Bing Crosby. Michael Ochs Archive | Getty Images

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"White Christmas" is a 1940 Christmas carol written by songwriter Irving Berlin. The quintessential recording of the song by Bing Crosby in 1942 has sold more than 150 million copies. Bing performed the song again over a decade later in the 1954 movie "White Christmas" starring Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen.

Links for Learning to Play 'White Christmas'

Performance Notes

White Christmas shouldn't be too tough to play for most guitarists, provided they can properly finger barre chords (there is one barre chord in the song, plus several more in the optional song intro). To play the main verse of the song (the part everyone knows), the only chords you may not be familiar with are D7 and C minor.

The strumming for White Christmas is quite straightforward. Simply strum four down strokes per bar. It's a somewhat gentle song, so be sure you're strumming fairly gently - don't hammer away at the guitar on this song. More advanced guitarists can further focus on the method of strumming - I'd suggest slightly muting the strings, perhaps in the style of legendary big band guitarist Freddie Green.

The chords for White Christmas are for the most part rather simple also. There is a C minor barre chord which beginners might struggle with a bit, but keep at it - you'll get it soon enough. If you choose to play the optional opening verse (it has a different melody, and although it was part of the original song, you don't hear it a whole lot in modern renditions of "White Christmas"), there are more challenging chords to play, which have also been listed below.

Popular Recordings of 'White Christmas'

This carol has been recorded by hundreds of artists, and is a staple on any Christmas album. The following links should allow you to find your favorite. Personally, although I love to hear modern takes on the song, I keep coming back to the classic version by Bing Crosby.