Would you like to learn how to play the notes of All I Want for Christmas is You on the piano? You’ve come to the right place!
All I Want for Christmas is You is a song by the famous American artist Mariah Carey, first released in 1994 in her album Merry Christmas.
The lyrics break the materialistic tradition of Christmas presents and pronounce the desire to spend Christmas with your lover above all. On the instrumental side, the song has Christmas bells, choirs and synthesizers.
Mariah Carey performs this music many times on television and on tour, which contributes to her growing fame.
All I Want for Christmas is You is acclaimed by both the public and critics as a brilliant addition of modern music to the Christmas music tradition.
In 2019, the Guinness Book of World Records awarded the song several records, such as being the best-selling Christmas song of all time and the most listened to on Spotify in 2018.
We will have understood, this track is now a must-have in modern music. And on top of that, it’s easy to play on the piano.
That’s why it’s very popular with beginning pianists.
In this article, we will give you a complete lesson to learn All I Want for Christmas is You on the piano. We will show you the notes to play with the right hand, the notes to play with the left hand, and tutorial videos so you can have audio-visual cues.
For those who are interested, you will also find the free piano sheet music of All I Want for Christmas Is You.
At the end of this article, the goal is that you know how to play this famous Christmas song on the piano. Let’s get started!
Bonus : you can also learn to play this song at your own pace on our interactive piano learning app La Touche Musicale.
Joris, the author of this article, recommends the following resource: Piano tutorials: learn the 10 easiest songs.
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Before we start learning All I Want for Christmas is You on the piano, let’s first quickly go over the basics.
Let’s start by looking at the image below which shows the location of the musical notes on a piano keyboard:
The name of the notes on a piano keyboard.
The picture above shows us a piano keyboard on which each key has its corresponding note.
You can see that the keyboard is divided into parts, each of which is composed of 7 white keys and the following notes: A, B, C, D, E, F and G. Once you reach the 8th note, this sequence of 7 notes starts again. This is called an “octave” in music theory.
It can be difficult to identify the notes by the white keys, because they all look the same and follow the same pattern. But this is not the case with the black keys. They work in groups of 2 and 3, which allows us to find our way around the keyboard.
For example, if you are looking for the note F, you must first identify one of the groups of 3 black keys. Once you have found one, you must press the white key before the first black key of the group of 3: it is the note F.
Before you start this piano tutorial about All I Want for Christmas is You, practice identifying each of the notes on a piano keyboard. This way you will be able to learn songs much faster.
Before playing the right hand notes, we will first use what we learned in the previous section to identify the first note to play.
For All I Want for Christmas is You, the first note in the right hand is the G. Position your finger on the G on your piano keyboard:
G is the first note of the right hand in the song All I Want for Christmas is You on piano.
Once you have found the G, you will have to play all the other notes with your right hand.
Press the following notes in succession to play the melody of the song:
G – B – D – F# – G – F# – E – D – A – G – F# – G – F# – E – D – C – E – G – B – C – B – A – G – B – D – A – G – A – G – D# – G – A – F# – G – E – F# – D# – G – A – F# – G – E – F# – D# – D – E – G – D – C – B – A – G – E – D# – A – B – G – G – B – D – F# – G – F# – E – D – A – G – F# – G – F# – E – D – C – E – G – B – C – B – A – G – B – D – A – G – G – D# – G – A – F# – G – E – F# – D# – G – A – F# – G – E – F# – D# – D – E – G – D – C – B – A – G – E – D# – A – B – G.
This succession of notes corresponds to the entire right hand of All I Want for Christmas is You on the piano. By playing all these notes one after the other, you will easily recognize the famous melody.
Practice this sequence of notes over and over again so that you know it by heart and can play it easily.
All I Want for Christmas is You on piano: the notes of the right hand.
To help you play the notes with your right hand, we have prepared a piano tutorial video that will help you respect the time of each note and the tempo of the song: [Note: you must remain pressed on the key while the note is on it on the virtual piano] :
Play the notes ofAll I Want for Christmas is You with the right hand on an interactive app
La Touche Musicale app waits for you to play the right note with your right hand on your piano before moving on to the next one.
In the same way as for the right hand, we will start here by identifying the first note to be played by the left hand.
Place your finger on the G note on your piano keyboard:
G is the first note of the left hand in the song All I Want for Christmas is You.
Did you find the first G note in the song? Perfect!
Now we can play all the other notes in the left hand. Press each of the following keys one after the other [Note: when several notes are to be played at the same time (chord), we have linked them with the “+” symbol:
G+B+D – B+D+G – C+E+G – C+D#+G – G+B+D – B+D#+F# – E+G+B – D#+G+C – D+G+B – E+G#+C – E+A+C – D#+G+C – D+G+B – E+G+B – E+A+C – D+F#+A – G+B+D – B+D+G – C+E+G – C+D#+G – G+B+D – B+D#+F# – E+G+B – D#+G+C – D+G+B – E+G#+C – E+A+C – D#+G+C – D+G+B – E+A+C – D+F#+A.
Play these chords one after the other to get the whole left hand of All I Want for Christmas is You on the piano.
The left hand is an important part of a song as it helps to accompany the melody (the right hand) and gives depth to your playing. It also gives the rhythm to the song.
As for the right hand, practice this succession of notes and chords over and over until you know it and master it perfectly.
All I Want for Christmas is You on piano: the notes of the left hand.
Watch the following tutorial video showing the notes to be played with the left hand in order to respect the beats and the general rhythm of the song:
You should now know how to play the hand and the left hand of one of the most famous Christmas song of the history on the piano, congratulations!
But it’s not over yet. You now need to play both hands at the same time to reproduce the music in its entirety.
Play the notes of All I Want for Christmas is You with the left hand on an interactive app
The La Touche Musicale app waits for you to play the correct note with your left hand on your piano before moving on to the next.
Have you ever heard of hand dissociation? It is an exercise that allows you to play in sync with both hands on the piano.
For a beginner pianist, this is one of the most difficult exercises.
Indeed, our brain is not used to working synchronously on several specific tasks.
This is why this exercise is particularly difficult when you start playing the piano.
Fortunately, there are a few well-known tips and techniques that will help you get the hang of this exercise much faster.
For a beginner pianist, dissociating the hands may seem impossible. We stay focused on one of the two hands and forget everything else.
That’s why you must first work on the notes of both hands separately, as we did in this piano tutorial dedicated to All I Want for Christmas is You.
Once you have mastered this part, you should play in sync with both hands.
To do this, we recommend that you work in short sequences. Start by cutting your song into small parts of a few seconds. Play the first part in a loop with both hands. Go slowly at first, then gradually increase the pace until you are playing it at the original speed. Once you have mastered this part, move on to the next part and repeat the exercise. When you have mastered this second part, play the two sequences in a row, and so on.
This technique allows your brain to gradually assimilate the information and learn the notes, rhythms, beats and measures much more quickly. You will also gain in piano fingering and ease on the keyboard.
Note: At La Touche Musicale, we name this technique the “learning loop”. Noticing its effectiveness on piano learning, we decided to integrate a feature into our online piano learning app that allows you to loop any part of the song and learn it in a few hours.
All I Want for Christmas is You on the piano: the notes of both hands.
Among the 3 tutorial videos we have prepared for you, this one is certainly the most important.
It shows you the notes of All I Want for Christmas is You to play with both hands, with their respective beats and tempo. But the most important thing is that it shows you when the right and left hand notes should be synchronized.
Take the time to watch it and play the notes as the video scrolls them on the screen. If the rhythm is too fast, we recommend that you pause the video to give yourself time to analyze the notes to be played at the time.
Note: on La Touche Musicale app, you don’t need to pause the song. The application waits for you until you play the right note.
Play the notes of All I Want for Christmas is You with both hands on an interactive app
The La Touche Musicale app waits for you to play the right notes with both hands on your piano before moving on to the next.
Congratulations! You can now play one of the most popular Christmas songs in the world.
We sincerely hope you have enjoyed this piano tutorial and found it useful.
If you enjoyed it, you might also like our other tutorials for equally famous songs:
Because of its popularity, many sites offer the score of All I Want for Christmas is You. However, very few will offer it for free.
That’s why we thought it would be interesting for you, in addition to a piano tutorial to learn the song, to be able to download the piano sheet music for free in PDF format. This way you can play it wherever and whenever you want.
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