Fairytale Of New York Guitar Lesson – The Pogues

In this Fairytale Of New York guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this great Christmas classic by The Pogues in its entirety.

The tuning is standard tuning, E A D G B E.

Most of the intro section of "Fairytale Of New York" is performed on piano along with a string section. For that section, I have arranged all of those parts together to be played on one acoustic guitar.

Once the more upbeat Irish sections of the song hit, you can hear some acoustic guitar strumming and we will be focusing on those chords for the rest of the song. The pace of the chord changes and strumming is quite fast, making this an excellent rhythm guitar workout.

I will cover each section of the song in the order that each of them appears on the original recording.

Have fun with this one! Carl...
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Fairytale Of New York Guitar Lesson - The Pogues


  1. Jon Sweeney on December 21, 2023 at 3:51 pm

    Beautiful arrangement, Carl!

  2. Jon Sweeney on December 21, 2023 at 3:58 pm

    What kind of guitar are you playing here, Carl? Wonderful tone.

  3. Mark Daniel on January 1, 2024 at 7:07 am

    Hello Carl, I hope you are going to have a blessed new year. I had never heard this song before, so I went on YouTube to listen to it. Now that it is a nice song, but I certainly don’t think it was worth the amount of effort it must’ve took you to make a video to teach it just one of those obscure songs you may hear once a year or perhaps they may play in some old bar when everybody’s drunk and it’s about time to go home or something anyway thanks for all you do Energy and have a blessed new year

    • Carl Brown on January 31, 2024 at 8:31 am

      Yeah I had never heard it either. Until, it was brought to my attention that while I was doing a few Christmas songs like I always do every holiday season, that this song was actually the number one song in the world that week and that it was one of the most popular Christmas songs of the past few decades so I did a lesson for it.

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