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Lesson notes

Mel Torme and Robert Wells wrote The Christmas Song in 1945, during a very hot summer when Robert had written down catch word phrases like Yuletide carols, Eskimos, Jack Frost nipping, and Chestnuts roasting, and Mel ran with it. The song was first recorded by Nat King Cole and is now one of the most iconic standards of our time.

This lesson is mostly how I might play it when accompanying a singer, rather than my usual instrumental approach, but even still it has some tricky chords and changes. Most of the chords should be familiar, including barres from the E and A families, but a few are more common in the jazz world. There are also some thoughts on the rhythm and right hand techniques.