Deck the Halls Piano Notes: Tutorial and Free Sheet Music
Want to learn to play the Deck the Halls notes on the piano? You’ve come to the right place.
Also known as Falalalala, Deck the Halls is a traditional song often sung at Christmas time.
The melody was originally composed by harpist and musician John Parry, while the song’s lyrics are attributed to Thomas Oliphant, written in 1862.
Today, it is one of the most famous Christmas songs in the world.
Moreover, it is very easy to play on the piano, making it a prime target for beginning pianists.
That’s why we decided to write this article dedicated to learning the notes of Deck the Halls on the piano. First, we’ll go over the notes to be played with the right hand, then the ones to be played with the left hand. We will incorporate tutorial videos to help you learn the notes to play.
You will also be able to find the piano score of Deck the Halls for free download in PDF format.
At the end of the article, the goal is that you know how to play this famous Christmas song perfectly on the piano. Let’s get started!
Bonus: you can also learn to play this song at your own pace on our piano learning application La Touche Musicale.
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Deck the Halls on piano: finding your way around the keyboard
Before learning the notes of Deck the Halls on the piano, we will first go over some basics and identify the location of the different notes on a piano keyboard.
To do this, look at the image below
The names of the notes on a piano keyboard.
Looking at the picture above, we can see that the piano is divided into several sections, which are all composed of the same notes.
Each section has 7 white keys associated with a different note. Once we reach the 8th note, another part starts and reproduces the sequence of notes identically. This is called an “octave”.
To identify a note on the piano keyboard more easily, you can help yourself with the black keys. If you look at the picture of the piano keyboard, you can see that the black keys are more easily differentiated than the white ones because they work in groups of two and three.
To identify a specific note on the keyboard, you can use these groups to indicate the position of the notes.
For example, if you are looking for the note G, you will first need to identify the groups of three black keys. Once you’ve done that, press the white key between the first black key and the second in the group: this is your G.
Practice recognizing notes quickly on the piano keyboard. This way you can learn to play Deck the Halls with more confidence.
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Deck the Halls: playing the notes with the right hand
Where to start?
We will use what we learned in the previous section to identify the first note to play with the right hand so we know where to start.
To play Deck the Halls, place your right hand finger on the G key:
G is the first note of the right hand in the song Deck the Halls on piano.
The notes of the right hand
Did you manage to play the first note? Perfect! Let’s move on to the next ones.
Press each of the following notes with the fingers of your right hand one after the other:
G – F – E – D – C – D – E – C – D – E – F – D – E – D – C – B – C – G – F – E – D – C – D – E – C – D – E – F – D – E – D – C – B – C – D – E – F – D – E – F – G – D – E – F# – G – A – B – C – B – A – G – G – F – E – D – C – D – E – C – A – A – A – A – G – F – E – D – C.
Playing these notes one after the other, you will get the whole melody of Deck the Halls on the piano, played with the right hand.
Drag yourself to practice this sequence over and over again on the piano so that you know it by heart and feel comfortable before starting the left hand.
Deck the Halls on piano: the notes of the right hand.
The following tutorial video we made will help you visualize the notes to play. The notes are descending on a virtual piano, which indicates when and where you should play them. Make sure 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]:
Video tutorial of the notes to play with the right hand for the song Deck the Halls.
Deck the Halls: playing the notes with the left hand
Where to start?
Start by placing the finger of your left hand on the note C of your piano keyboard, one octave below the one where you played the G with your right hand:
C is the first note of the left hand in the song Deck the Halls.
The notes of the left hand
Once you have found your first note, you will have to play all the other notes with your left hand. Press this sequence of keys one after the other:
C – C – G – C – G – C – C – C – G – C – G – C – G – C – C – D – G – D – G – C – C – C – C – G – C.
If you press all these notes in a row, you will get the whole piano accompaniment of Deck the Halls, played with the left hand.
The accompaniment is essential to the piano as it gives rhythm to the melody (right hand) and depth to your interpretation of a song.
Practice this sequence of notes over and over until you know it by heart and feel very comfortable playing it.
Deck the Halls on piano: the notes of the left hand.
The following tutorial video shows you the notes to play with your left hand for Deck the Halls that descend onto the virtual piano keyboard. Use it to play them at the right time, respecting the beats and the tempo of the song.
Video tutorial of the left hand notes for the song Deck the Halls.
At this stage of the tutorial, you normally know how to play the two hands separately on the piano. This is already very good.
But it’s not over yet. We need to synchronize the left and right hands in order to play the original song as a whole.
Deck the Halls on piano: play the whole song with both hands
Difficulty : the dissociation of the two hands
The dissociation of the hands is a well-known exercise for all beginners who start the piano. It is also one of the most difficult.
Our brains are not used to processing several pieces of information at the same time and to perform gestures as precise as the placement of the fingers.
This is why many pianists take several months before they really get used to playing with both hands at the same time.
But there are a few techniques and tricks that can help you get there faster.
Methods, tips and techniques
Faced with the difficulty that beginner pianists have in playing with both hands, teachers have put in place certain methods that allow them to reduce the time required to acquire this exercise.
For example, you can start by playing the notes of the right hand first, then those of the left hand. Then you will gradually get used to mastering the various sequences and the tempo of the song you are practicing.
This is the method we have chosen to adopt in this tutorial to learn the notes of Deck the Halls on the piano.
Once you have mastered this exercise, you will have to play with both hands at the same time. To do this, we recommend that you start by breaking down the song or exercise you are working on into short 5-10 second sequences. Start by playing the notes with both hands slowly, then gradually speed up the rhythm until you reach the original tempo of the song. When you have mastered this part, move on to the next part (next 5-10 seconds) and repeat the same exercise. Once you have mastered both passages, play them back to back.
This method is very effective. It allows your brain to progressively assimilate the information, the gestures, the technical sequences, … Thus, you will learn much more quickly and without getting discouraged.
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.
Deck the Halls on the piano: the notes of both hands.
In the same way as we have done for each of the hands, we suggest you watch a final tutorial video showing you the notes to play with both hands at the same time on the virtual piano keyboard.
Use this video to synchronize the notes of both hands.
You can also pause the video to give yourself time to place your fingers back on the piano for each new sequence.
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.
Video tutorial to play the notes of both hands of the song Deck the Halls on the piano.
Bravo ! You can now play one of the most famous Christmas songs in the world.
Now you can play it in front of your family and friends this holiday season.
If you found this piano tutorial useful, you should know that we have written some very similar ones to learn how to play equally popular songs:
Download the free piano sheet music of the song Deck the Halls in PDF
You can find the score of this popular song everywhere on the internet. Be careful not to pay for it, though, as it is copyrighted music that belongs to the public domain.
In addition to this tutorial showing you the notes to play, we thought it would be interesting to offer you to download the piano sheet music of Deck the Halls for free in PDF format. This way, you can print it out and play it from anywhere.
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