White Christmas

White Christmas, written by Irving Berlin in 1940, is one of the most popular Christmas songs. The title track of the featured movie “White Christmas”, starring Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby, has become a standard tune for Christmas. In this lesson, you will learn how to play a chord melody arrangement of this great tune.

In this lesson, I was searching for a balance between melody, chords, and walking bass notes.

It’s a nice study to find out where a melody line sits in the chords without the chords obscuring the melody too much.

Adding walking bass lines here and there opens up a simple way to accompany yourself while playing a melody.

What I’ve noticed while I was working on this arrangement is the importance of the second finger in these chord forms. It works as a guide finger to move the chords up and down the neck.

Enjoy and have fun with this White Christmas lesson, and try this system on other jazz tunes you like.



White Christmas - Solo Jazz Guitar Arrangement


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26 thoughts on “White Christmas”

  1. Michael

    FYI – The Guitar pro file shows the intro chord as being a C# Dim 7th . I believe it’s supposed to be Cmaj7th . Thanks for an excellent lesson.

    1. Dirk Laukens

      Hi Michael, thanks for letting me know, I fixed the typo.

  2. donald k wilson

    Very Tasty, Thank You…! B-)

  3. Pablo

    Gostei muito desse arranjo. obrigado!

  4. Jim

    Thanks, Jo (& Dirk)! Having lots of fun with this. Happy Holidays to everyone.

  5. E M

    Thank you for your continued, generous contributions.
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

  6. Wayne

    IThis is awesome. I don’t See the PDFthough. Just the Guitar Pro file?

    1. Dirk Laukens

      Hi Wayne, use the “PDF & Print” button at the bottom of the lesson.

  7. giò

    bellissima grazie e buon natale.

  8. Jonathan

    This is brilliant, thank you and merry Christmas!

  9. Just Fred

    Yippee! I was just looking for a nice, jazzy arrangement of White Christmas, and this hits my inbox. It will no doubt stretch my playing ability, but that’s a good thing! Sadly, the Guitar Pro file link seems to be broken…

      1. Just Fred

        Got it, Dirk. Many thanks, and Merry Christmas!

  10. Rolf

    Awesome, very cool Dirk, thank you, and a very Merry Christmas.

    1. Dirk Laukens

      Thanks Rolf and merry Christmas to you as well!

  11. John

    anybody figure out a way to print the arrangement or am I missing something. It is free? is it not? What is this business about guitar pro? I have the program and I have purchased from dirk in the past. What am I missing

    1. Marty

      The tune is displayed as three separate images: Measures 1-12, 13-24 and 25-37. I opened a blank Word document then copied/pasted the three images into Word. It then prints exactly as it appears on the web page. Cheers.

    2. Dirk Laukens

      Hi John, click the “PDF and Print” button at the bottom of the lesson. The Guitar Pro file is optional, many people use it as a guitar practice aid.

  12. Stuart

    Thanks for this, great season song played with pleasure. Wishing you and all a Merry Christmas.

  13. R. Lee

    Thanks Guys. Worked for me. Maybe I came get in the mood.

  14. ECG

    Thanks, but the link to GuitarPro file doesn’t work.

    1. Dirk Laukens

      Sorry, I fixed the link.

  15. Tadeusz

    Thank you for this really nice jazzy arrangement. Walking bass is very cool. I hope I will get it under my fingers until 24th of December (this year).
    I would like to wish you Marry Christmas and a Happy New Year (hopefully with more social contacts)

    By the way, the link to GuitarPro file doesn’t work

    1. Dirk Laukens

      Happy holidays to you as well, Tadeusz!

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