Lesson Plan

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Lesson notes

Jingle Bell Rock was a novelty hit in 1957 for Bobby Helms. The bouncy tune follows the common form A-A-B-A like many songs from the Tin Pan Alley era songwriters.

This lesson is mostly a straightforward alternate bass fingerpicking style with a bit of a ragtime feel in swing time. It also touches on syncopating some bass notes, meaning playing them an eighth note early rather than on the beat.