Happy XMAS (War Is Over) Guitar Lesson Video – John Lennon

In this Happy XMAS (War Is Over) guitar lesson video you will learn every note of John Lennon's classic Christmas/protest song.

It was released as a single by John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band in 1971 and was recorded with the Harlem Community Choir.

Happy XMAS (War Is Over) is a very simple song to play and you should get it down relatively easy no matter what playing level you are at.

This Happy XMAS (War Is Over) guitar lesson examines Lennon's liberal use of suspended chords in this song, which makes for some very beautiful guitar parts.

This is just another example of Lennon's legendary ability to make simple songs so magical in their delivery.

Happy XMAS (War Is Over) has now become a Christmas classic and would be a great sing along at all those Christmas parties!

Have fun with this John Lennon classic!!

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Happy XMAS (War Is Over) Guitar Lesson


  1. brandon on March 3, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    no performance for study?

    • Carl Brown on March 3, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      Sorry, I haven’t gotten around to doing all the performance videos.

  2. Emma on March 24, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    what is your guitar model please ?

    • Carl Brown on March 25, 2013 at 6:47 am

      I believe in this video I am using a guitar by a guitar maker called Great Divide. They are actually quite inexpensive but very good guitars for the money. 🙂

  3. Anonymous on November 25, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Terrific work – clear and clean. I should have no excuses now. Thank you.

  4. Tommy on December 21, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Whow verry nice, still have a question do you have the lyrics with the tabs.

    • Carl Brown on December 21, 2013 at 11:07 am

      Hey Tommy. unfortunately I am not allowed to post TAB or lyrics due to international copyright restrictions. 🙁

      Sorry! Carl..

  5. michele on January 2, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    very good. but can you give us the chords in the diagram?

    • Carl Brown on January 3, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      I would love to but posting chord charts or TAB for songs under international copyright can get me in trouble. 🙁


  6. hank on May 5, 2014 at 1:49 am

    doesn’t the advertising give you some form of royalties? If not they should and by the way great site I tell everybody about guitarlessons365.com

    • Carl Brown on May 5, 2014 at 10:21 am

      Not on any song lessons. That ad money goes to the song’s publishing company via Google. 🙁


  7. guitar joe on May 7, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Well at least they allow you to post the songs. Good job, Carl.

  8. Shylah on October 27, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Could you post the pdf file like you did with other songs with the order of notes? I always for get which note comes next.

  9. fradely on November 1, 2014 at 12:11 am

    can you upload a chord sheet, so the ones who handles guitar more than other get faster, please

  10. DAVID SLATON on November 3, 2014 at 2:48 pm


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