I never thought in my wildest dreams I’d be doing this. But here you go, I just did a Mariah Carey song tutorial on how to play ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ on guitar. Of course, as usual, I turned the whole thing into an easy guitar chords version, so even if you’re guitar beginner, you should be able to learn this popular 80ies Christmas hit in a short amount of time. There is one little caveat, but we will talk about this in a second.
Before we start, though, as usual, here is the worksheet for this lesson for your to download and print out:
Let’s start with the chords we need. Most of them shouldn’t be too much of a challenge for you. For the most part we are looking at guitar chords you would cover in any Beginners Guitar Course. There are, however, two exceptions, namely the B7 Chord and the C-Minor Chord.
Now, before you start cursing me (which you shouldn’t be doing no matter what..;-)…) let’s look at these two chords and you will see, they are not as bad as they seem. Here are two quick video tutorials where I show you exactly what you need to do in order to learn and play the C-Minor and B7 guitar chords. As for the C-Minor, you can play this chord in two ways. Either as a bar chord (as shown in the video lesson) or without ‘barring’ as demonstrated in the chord video.
Alright, enough with this, let’s get to the tutorial. Here is a video where I show you everything in detail.
All I want for Christmas is You, Mariah Carey, Easy chords with chord diagrams, lyrics and strumming pattern:
Just to recap a couple of key points made in the tutorial:
- For the first verse, play each chord one time only. This is a good way to get used to the chord changes before you move on and play the rest of the song.
- Right after the first verse, there’s a little bridge – that’s when the beat kicks in. By using simple down strokes as demonstrated in the video, try to copy that beat and rhythmic feel of the song.
- Stick to simple down-strokes. In my opinion, this works best. After you are comfortable with the chord changes, slowly and gradually increase the speed until you can play along with the original. Use a metronome as you practice this tune!
That’s all for today. Don’t forget to download the “All I want for Christmas is You” guitar tab with the lyrics worksheet. Leave your comments and questions below.