Christmas Time Is Here
Vince Guaraldi

Easy Piano Cover

"Christmas Time Is Here" is a popular Christmas song composed by jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi for the 1965 television special A Charlie Brown Christmas, which is one of the first animated Christmas specials produced for television in the US.

The song was originally written as an instrumental, but producer Lee Mendelson decided to compose lyrics for the song, which was sung by the Children's Choir at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in San Rafael.

My goal, when arranging a song, is always, to create a super easy piano arrangement that sounds good and is fun to play.

I learned "Christmas Time Is Here" by Vince Guaraldi from a lead sheet, which is sheet music that just shows the right-hand melody and chord symbols. (see example below)

Lead sheets in book form are called Fake Books, aka Real Books.

I improvised the left hand part by using blocked chords, and played a simple, single-note melody line with my right hand.

Before I knew any chords, it would take me weeks, sometimes months, to learn a new song. After I started learning chords, I could learn a new song in less than an hour. I was able to do this because I no longer had to read the music notes for the left hand on the bass clef.

Knowing chords allows me to create my own piano arrangements. Now all I read is the right hand melody on the treble clef.

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