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 “Holiday Inn”, 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 song.

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

It’s a nice study to learn how 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 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.


Chord Melody Jazz Guitar Course


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White Christmas - Solo Jazz Guitar Arrangement



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44 thoughts on “White Christmas”

  1. Dietmar

    Vielen Dank für dieses wunderschöne Weihnachtslied, noch kämpfe ich mit meinen Fingern bei diesem Arrangement. Mit Jazz Guitar habe ich ja erst angefangen, dafür habe ich mir das Jazz Bundle von Ihnen gekauft. Und ich bereue es keine Sekunde im Gegenteil ich hätte dies schon sehr viel früher machen sollen.
    Ich wünsche Ihnen und allen anderen für das Jahr 2023 viel Glück Erfolg und natürlich auch das wichtigste Gesundheit.

  2. Thank you for sharing this lovely arrangement. Sounds great on my Taylor nylon also. Merry Christmas and a pleasant New Year!

  3. Thank you for sharing this excellent arrangement! I like this Christmas song and it sounds great on my Taylor nylon. I wish you a pleasant Christmas Holiday season and a Happy New Year!

  4. Ricardo

    I really love these lessons. Thanks.
    Is it possible to get a Band In A Box file for this lesson?

  5. Pietro

    hallo excuse me but i am new on Jazz course and I have a question:
    CMAJ7 with Root on A but it miss the 5° ?
    1°on A , 3° on D , 7° on G, 3° on B.

    where is th 5°?

    1. Dirk Laukens

      Hi Pietro, the root and the 5th are often omitted in jazz voicings, you don’t have to play every chord note in your voicings.

      1. Pietro

        Thanks vero much happy christmas holiday

  6. Mick McGrane

    Thank you, and a merry Christmas Dirk to you and your kin folk!

  7. Kelly Johnson

    This is a great balance between chords and melody! Nice one.

  8. Timothy Ball

    my computer doesn’t recognize the guitar pro file, I have Guitar Pro on my computer but it doesn’t recognize (gp file)

    1. Timothy Ball

      Sorry my version of Guitar Pro is not advanced enough, it needs to be at least a Guitar pro 7, it’s my problem!


      1. Tom Scharf

        Tuxguitar is free. It will open gp files and will also save to an earlier version ie, gp5 or gp6

  9. Anonymous

    This is great, thanks! At my level it’s a good challenge. Shifted bars 23-28 onto A and D string roots, makes it a bit more manageable\compact, if a little brighter, which not all will prefer. Took the beginning of bar 31 lower too, to save going from the 3rd fret to 12th. Again, perhaps the original is a tonal choice, which I understand, but I’ve not got your chops so trying to make it a slightly simpler fingering! Thanks again!

  10. Anonymous

    Merci beaucoup & bonne fêtes à venir !

  11. Anonymous

    Gracias por esta aportación, es magnífica, saludos

  12. Anonymous

    Thank you, Dirk, for the arrangement. The demo is just fabulous.

  13. Trevor

    Very nice arrangement, thank you!
    All the best!

  14. Salvador

    Formidable!! Muchas gracias maestro.

  15. Rocco

    Wonderfull thank you so much
    Happy holidays

  16. Ben

    Hello! Thanks for providing this great arrangement, however I do have a question. At the second measure, it appears the chord box does not match the tab. The only difference is the chord box (for Dm7) shows 7th fret on the D string but the tab shows 3rd fret on the D string. The chord box has all the notes of the Dm7, whereas the tab looks like its a Dm7 without the A note. I noticed the person in the video is playing what’s provided in the tab, so I’m guessing that is correct…but still confused as to why the chord box does not match the tab. Anyway, I’m fairly new to guitar, so not sure if this is mistake…or more likely I’m missing something. Thanks again!

    1. Ben

      After doing some more research…I think I may have figured it out….shell voicings!

    2. Dawn Fulton

      Thanks for sending this! Happy Holidays!

  17. donald k wilson

    Very Tasty, Thank You…! B-)

  18. Pablo

    Gostei muito desse arranjo. obrigado!

  19. Jim

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

  20. E M

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

  21. Wayne

    This is awesome. I don’t See the PDF though. Just the Guitar Pro file?

    1. Dirk Laukens

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

  22. giò

    bellissima grazie e buon natale.

  23. Jonathan

    This is brilliant, thank you and merry Christmas!

  24. 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!

    1. Just Fred

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

  25. Rolf

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

    1. Dirk Laukens

      Thanks Rolf and merry Christmas to you as well!

  26. 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. 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.

  27. Stuart

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

  28. R. Lee

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

  29. 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 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (hopefully with more social contacts)!

    1. Dirk Laukens

      Happy holidays to you as well, Tadeusz!

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