Want to learn how to play the notes of We Wish You a Merry Christmas on the piano? You have chosen the right place.
We Wish You a Merry Christmas is a very popular carol sung at Christmas time. Originally written in the 16th century, it was made world famous by composer Arthur Warell in the 19th century.
Today, the song is one of the best known in the world. Moreover, it is easy to play on the piano. Classified as a beginner’s song on the La Touche Musicale application, it is one of the simplest in the catalog.
That’s why it’s so popular with musicians who are just starting out on the piano.
So we’ve chosen to prepare a tutorial for you to learn the notes of We Wish You a Merry Christmas on the piano. We will see how to play the notes of the right hand and those of the left hand. You will also have the possibility to watch our tutorial videos which will allow you to clearly see the notes to play, their times and the tempo of the song.
You will also find the free piano score of We Wish You a Merry Christmas to download.
At the end of this article, the goal is that you know how to play this famous Christmas song on the piano. Let’s go!
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 begin our piano tutorial on We Wish You a Merry Christmas, let’s first go over the basics and learn how to identify the notes on a piano keyboard.
To do this, we will use the following image, which summarizes all the notes on a keyboard:
The name of the notes on a piano keyboard.
Look carefully at the image above. You can see that each key on the piano is associated with a note. The white keys work in parts consisting of 7 notes: A, B, C, D, E, F and G.
Once you reach the 8th note, the sequence of 7 notes starts again. This sequence of notes is what is called in music theory an “octave”.
To identify a note on a piano keyboard more easily, you can use the black keys. Unlike the white keys, the black keys are not all placed identically. They work in groups of 2 and 3 keys in succession, which makes it easier for you to identify the notes on the white keys.
For example, if you are looking for the note D, you need to look at the groups of two black keys and press the white key that is between them.
Before you play We Wish You a Merry Christmas, practice identifying each note on a piano keyboard. This will make it easier for you to follow the rest of this lesson.
Before playing the right hand notes of We Wish You a Merry Christmas on the piano, we will first use what we discussed in the previous section to identify the first note to play.
This is the note C, which you should press with a finger of your right hand:
C is the first note of the right hand in the song We Wish You a Merry Christmas on piano.
Did you find the C grade? Great! Now we’ll play all the notes of the right hand one after the other. To do this, press the following keys in succession:
C – F – F – G – F – E – D – D – G – G – A – G – F – E – E – E – A – A – A# – A – G – F – D – C – D – G – E – F – F – F – E – E – F – E – D – C – G – A – G – G – F – F – C – C – C – D – G – E – F.
Press all these notes one after the other to play all the melody of We Wish You a Merry Christmas in the right hand.
Repeat this sequence several times in a row to practice and get the hang of it.
We Wish You a Merry Christmas on piano: the notes of the right hand.
The following tutorial video shows you the notes to play with your right hand for the song We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Thanks to it, you will be able to play in the right octave, respecting the time of each note and the general tempo of the music: [Note: you must remain pressed on the key while the note is on it on the virtual piano] :
Play the notes ofWe Wish You a Merry Christmas 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.
Here we will proceed in the same way as for the right hand. We will start by identifying the first note to be played with the left hand before playing the following ones.
Place two fingers of your left hand on the notes F and A, which should be played at the same time. In music, two notes played simultaneously form a chord:
F and A are the first notes of the left hand in the song We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
Once you have identified the first two notes to be played simultaneously with the left hand, you will have to play all the others. Press all the following notes in succession [Note: when two or more notes are to be played at the same time (chord), we have linked them by the “+” symbol]:
F+A – A# – G+A# – C – C# – D – A# – A – A# – G – F+A – C – F+A – A#+C – G+A# – F+A – G+A# – A+C – F+A – G+A# – C – F+A.
Play all these notes one after the other and you will get the whole left hand of We Wish You a Merry Christmas on the piano.
The left hand allows you to play the accompaniment of the song and gives depth to your playing. The right hand, which represents the melody of the song, is thus accompanied in rhythm by the left hand.
Repeat this succession of notes to train your piano fingering and know it by heart.
We Wish You a Merry Christmas on piano: the notes of the left hand.
As we did for the right hand, we have prepared in this course a tutorial video that shows all the notes to play with the left hand. Watch it to help you respect the time of the notes and the rhythm of the song:
At this point in the course, you should be able to play the right and left hands of We Wish You a Merry Christmas on the piano. Congratulations!
But you’re not done yet. Now we need to play both hands at the same time to reproduce the whole song.
Play the notes of We Wish You a Merry Christmas 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 one of the most difficult piano exercises for beginners to learn.
Dissociating the hands requires our brain to work precisely on different gestures simultaneously. It is not an exercise that it is used to reproducing.
This is why many beginner pianists find it difficult to play with both hands at the same time.
But don’t worry. There is a solution for every problem! There are different techniques and tricks that allow us to practice dissociating our hands and to progress much faster.
And that’s what we’re going to talk about right now.
When we first start playing the piano, learning to separate our hands can be a daunting task.
That’s why piano teachers have developed techniques and tricks especially for this exercise.
First of all, start by playing one hand after the other. First learn to play the notes of the right hand (the melody), then those of the left hand (the accompaniment, which, as the name suggests, allows you to accompany the melody to give it depth).
It is this first step that we have chosen to use in this piano lesson for We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
Once you have mastered the notes in each hand, you will have to play them simultaneously on the piano keyboard.
To do this, we recommend that you break up your song or exercise into small sequences. For example, if your song is two minutes long, choose the first 5 or 10 seconds. Play this passage in a loop with both hands. At first, go slowly. Then gradually increase the pace. When the passage is mastered, move on to the next one (always 5 to 10 seconds passages) and repeat the same exercise. Once this passage is mastered, you can play the two sequences in a row.
The mistake many beginners make is to try to play the whole song right away, which is impossible and discouraging. With such a method, you will quickly realize that you can’t do it and you will lose motivation.
On the contrary, the above-mentioned technique allows your brain to assimilate the information in a progressive way. This way, you will learn much faster.
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 very quickly.
We Wish You a Merry Christmas on the piano: the notes of both hands.
This is certainly the most important tutorial video in this article.
It shows you not only the time of each note, the octaves on which to position yourself, the tempo of the song, but also when the notes of the right hand and those of the left hand must be synchronized.
So take the time to watch it carefully to play We Wish You a Merry Christmas at its best.
To learn at your own pace, you can also pause the video to have time to position your fingers correctly on each part of the song.
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 We Wish You a Merry Christmas 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.
That’s it, you can now play this famous Christmas song on the piano, congratulations!
We hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and that it has been useful to you.
You can find piano tutorials of other popular and easy songs by checking our similar articles:
We Wish You a Merry Christmas being very popular, many websites offer the piano score on the internet.
We thought it would be useful for you to join this piano tutorial with the free score of this famous Christmas song. This way you can download it, print it and practice playing it from anywhere.
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