The festive season is just around the corner. With only a few weeks to go, there’s no better time to learn some Christmas songs on your violin. Don’t worry, if you’re still a beginner, we’ve got you covered. To find out which Christmas songs are the easiest to play on your violin, check out our list below.
Is it hard to learn the violin?
Learning how to play the violin is a challenging but rewarding experience. Although you can’t expect to sound like a professional violinist within the first year or two, practice makes progress. So, the more time you spend practising, the easier it’ll be.
Sometimes this may involve implementing a specific routine that will encourage you to play more frequently. You can note down your desired schedule in a journal, or download a mobile app such as Music Practice Log. If you’re still struggling to find motivation, we recommend reading our article, “8 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Practice your Instrument”.
For those who prefer to play late at night or early morning, purchasing a Rubber Violin Practice Mute might be a good idea. This inexpensive accessory gives you the freedom to practice without having to worry about annoying your neighbours.
What are the easiest Christmas songs to play on the violin?
As December quickly approaches, it’s time to switch your regular sheet music for some classic Christmas songs. While certain pieces are harder to play than others, we’ve compiled a list that’s ideal for beginners.
Since Christmas Eve of 1818, Franz Xaver Gruber and Joseph Mohr’s Silent Night has been an iconic Christmas carol. In March 2011, UNESCO even declared it an intangible piece of cultural heritage. So, why not grab your violin and get practising?
What was first published in 1957 by James Lord Pierpont as 'One Horse Open Sleigh' quickly became the Christmas carol we all know today as Jingle Bells. Despite its festive association, the song was allegedly intended for the Thanksgiving season. Either way, it undeniably radiates joy and cheer - perfect for the Christmas holidays.
O Holy Night
In celebration of their church organ being renovated, Placide Cappeau was asked to write a Christmas poem. His words soon formed the lyrics of O Holy Night, which was brought to life by the addition of music composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847. Both the original poem and modern song reflect Jesus' birth and the impact it had on humanity.
O Little Town of Bethlehem
As the name suggests, O Little Town of Bethlehem also focuses on the birth of Jesus Christ. The lyrics have a strong link to his place of birth and the sacrifices he made for humankind. Although it was written in the late 1800s, it is still cherished by many around the globe.
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Written with the intent to spread joy, this song certainly does a great job at wishing those around you a very merry Christmas. Its composition is believed to have occurred in England during the sixteenth century. With its lyrics being centred towards pudding and cheer, it radiates a light-hearted feel.
Carol of the Bells
Using the Ukranian folk song "Shchedryk" as a guide, Mykola Leontovych composed the now popular Carol of the Bells in 1914. Despite it initially being intended for the new year, it soon became heavily linked to the Christmas period. Fair to say your friends and family will be more than impressed if you master this classic tune.
Joy to The World
Amongst an array of poems written in Isaac Watt's 1719 book, was his interpretation of Psalm 98. After combining the words from the second half of the poem with music, Joy to the World was born. Although this song isn’t as simple as the ones listed above, it’s worth a shot once you’ve built your confidence up.
If you don’t want to have to attempt to keep track of all these separate pieces, why not get yourself one of our Christmas Violin Sheet Music Books? Having a whole book filled with festive music makes it much easier to stay organised. Plus, some books are accompanied by a CD so you can learn faster by playing along to the music.
Tips for playing the violin
When it comes to playing the violin, there are a few tips that can make all the difference.
- Ensure that your violin is set up correctly. If it is poorly set up, this can lead to bad technique and the constant hassle of trying to keep it in tune. For more information, read our article, “Why Your String Instrument Set Up is Important”.
- If you’re having trouble holding the violin, it often helps to mindfully relax and concentrate on your neck, arm, and back muscles. Having this body awareness makes it easier to adjust accordingly.
- Violin shoulder rests, and violin chin rests can help you maintain the correct posture while playing. To help you choose which one to get, check out our article, “Finding The Right Shoulder Rest or Chin Rest for You and Your String Instrument”.
- Keep in mind that violin strings can easily snap if they’re turned too far. Therefore, if you’re unsure how to tune your instrument, it’s best to see us in-store or ask your teacher for help.
What are the benefits of playing the violin?
As you enjoy learning these iconic Christmas songs, your health will also be feeling the benefits. We say that because the more songs you learn, the more you use your memory - which is why those who play the violin are known to have improved memories and attention spans.
Learn more about the beautiful benefits of learning a string instrument here.
Keeping these benefits in mind may even help motivate you to practice even more!
We wish you all the best as you learn these classic Christmas songs!
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