Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Chord Melody

These Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas guitar lesson videos will take you note-for-note through a challenging chord melody arrangement by the late great Ted Greene for this all-time Christmas classic.

By the way, please check out the website dedicated to keeping Ted's teachings alive, including many other great arrangements and some really incredible lessons ALL COMPLETELY FREE at TedGreene.com

The first video will have an introduction and full performance so you will know what you are shooting for when playing it. The second video today shows Part One of the 2-part tutorial on how to play it note-for-note.

These Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas guitar lessons are on the advanced side but can open up a different approach to guitar arrangement for the intermediate player.

Be sure to download the music for this one because the video instruction moves by pretty quick and is just to show you the right and left hand fingerings that I use.

Here is the PDF download of the music in TAB.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas guitar lesson PDF

I hope you can work this up by Christmas, and after you have played it for all of your friends and family, be sure to remember to come back here and let me know how it went.

If these free lessons help you, please donate to keep new ones coming daily. Thanks!! 🙂

Donate to GuitarLessons365
Other Amount:

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Performance

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Tutorial Pt.1

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Tutorial Pt.2

Related Lesson


  1. Jim Hilgartner on December 20, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Nice arrangement. And clear instruction. This is at (or beyond) the limits of my chord vocabulary and understanding of theory, but I’ll try to use it to push myself forward.

    Merry Christmas 2010!


    • Carl Brown on December 21, 2010 at 4:24 pm

      Hey Jim thanks a lot. That is what we are all here for, to keep pushing ourselves forward. 😀

      Happy XMAS!! Carl..

  2. Brian Gallardo on February 22, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Carl I’m originally from San Antonio TX but living in Dallas now…just looking at this now and was wondering if you could do a good TX Christmas song for next year?? It’s call “It’s Christmas Time in Texas” by none other the the greatest George Strait..One of my favorite Xmas songs..Thanks Brian

  3. Rajeev on June 3, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Just stopping by to say thank you. Your lessons are very clear. I was just wondering if you went to music school. Have a great day my friend. Take care.

  4. CeL1916 on November 11, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Hi.. Carl great tutorials! keep it up! you’re really a big help man! thanks! also enjoyed your eric johnson tutorials!

  5. AppliedTone on December 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Carl, Nice job with the instructions. Just start playing again after 25 years. it may take awhile to get this down but I am going to get it done.

  6. David on April 23, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Hello Carl, Your site is fantastic. If it weren’t for you, I would not know how to play Mr. Crowley & Crazy Train. I can’t thank you enough. I’m a Randy & Zakk fanatic. Which brings me to a request. If you would consider, My Dying Time by Black Label Society. The guitar solo, in my opinion, is one of the best I’ve heard in a decade! Thanks for your time in advance.

  7. george kerr on July 6, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    I only recently, within the last month found your site. I have to say its been a revelation and it is so nice what you have done, it exceeds my expectations and truly is a wonder to behold. Due to bad finances and being unemployed I am unable atd this tIme to contribut $$ to your site, but as my futures improve I will. I have learned many songs and styles so far, and the free lessons are also a way to learn and improve me as a player and for that I thank you. I have learned Changes, several Beatles, Desperado, the acoustic etude, a now I find this wonderful Chord melody song. Yes its truly Christmas in July for me now.
    I would make some requests, do some more chord melody, and for songs, well some would be Jefferson Airplanes-Embroynic Journey, Yes-Clap, Mood for a Day, Triumph-Midsummers Daydream, some more AIC, esp. from the unplugged album, Some Grateful Dead esp. their acoustic side; ripple, etc. Well, keep up the good work, I will keep on learning. By the way, I am watching you on line but last night, 7/5/ streaming wouldn’t work for me. Hope it does tonight. Thanks Carl, you are a great teacher and an inspiration to me.

  8. Brian Lewis on October 18, 2017 at 8:14 am

    This is beautiful, Carl. Is it possible to post a version of this in musical notation? I don’t know how easy that would be for you to do. It would help me.
    Thanks for taking my question,
    Best, Brian

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.