White Christmas chords

by Taylor Swift

White Christmas Words & Music: Irving Berlin... more
Original Published Key: C Major
First Public Performance: Bing Crosby performed White Christmas on Christmas Day in 1941 on his NBC radio show, The Kraft Music Hall. The version by Bing Crosby was the best sest selling single of all time with over 50 million singles sold.
Featured Artist: Taylor Swift from the album The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection
Music: Key of A Major in 4/4 time at 73 bpm (♩)
Chords: A, Asus4, Asus2, A7, Amaj7, Bm7, E, E7, D, Dm, Dsus2
Taylor Swift

Bing Crosby's White Christmas

Born: Harry Lillis Crosby, Jr. on the 3rd May 1903 in Tacoma, Washington, U.S.

Died: 14th October, 1977 (aged 74) in Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain

Occupation: Singer, actor

Active Years: 1926 – 1977

Music Styles: Traditional pop, Popular music, jazz

Associations: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Rosemary Clooney, Louis Armstrong, Dixie Lee, Peggy Lee, Fred Astaire, The Rhythm Boys, Al Rinker, Al Sherman, Sherman Brothers, Bob Hope, Paul Whiteman, Eddie Lang, David Bowie, The Andrews Sisters, Danny Kaye.

Bing Crosby

Official Website: bingcrosby.com

Christmas wouldn't be complete without listening to 'White Christmas' by Bing Crosby... enjoy

Bing Crosby

White Christmas by Taylor Swift

Intro: 4/4
   | ... A  | A  -  Asus4  A  Asus2  A  | Bm7  - E  | Bm7  -  E7  |  A  |
 
    A   Asus4    A   Asus2  A   Bm7     E
1. I'm  dream - ing   of    a  white  Christ-mas
Bm7               E7           | A  -  Amaj7  |
   Just like the ones I used to know
              A         A7               D       Dm
   Where the tree tops glis-ten___ And child-ren lis-ten
       A   Dsus2            |  Bm7   -   E7  |
   To hear sleigh bells in the snow


    A   Asus4    A    Asus2  A   Bm7     E
2. I'm  dream - ing    of    a  white  Christ-mas
Bm7              E7           | A  -  Amaj7  | 
   With ev-‘ry Christ-mas card I write
             A      A7      | D   -    Dm  |
   May your days be mer-ry and bright
            A         D        E7   A
   And may all your Christ-mas-es be white

Instr:
   | A  -  Asus4   A   Asus2  A  | Bm7  -   E  | Bm7   -   E7  | A  -  Amaj7  |

   | A   -   A7  |  D   -    Dm  | A  - Dsus2  |  Bm7  -   E7  | 


    A   Asus4    A   Asus2  A   Bm7      E
3. I'm  dream - ing   of    a  white  Christ-mas
Bm7               E7           | A  -  Amaj7  |
   Just like the ones I used to know____   (So)
             A      A7      | D    -    Dm  |
   May your days be mer-ry and bright
            A         D        E7   A 
   And may all your Christ-mas-es be white

             A      A7      | D    -    Dm  |
   May your days be mer-ry and bright
            A          D       E7
   And may all your Christ-mas-es... be...
| A  -  Asus4   A   Asus2  A  | Bm7  -  E  | Bm7  -  E7  |    A    |
   White...

A Major

Red Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 : Fingers/Notes 
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: play open
x: don't play string
(4): optional note - if you don't play the optional note do play the open string

Right-Handed Chord Tabs
          A              Asus4            Asus2             A7              Amaj7             Bm7
   e|---|---|---|   e|---|---|---|   e|---|---|---|   e|---|---|---|   e|---|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|
   B|---|-3-|---|   B|---|---|-4-|   B|---|---|---|   B|---|-3-|---|   B|---|-3-|---|   B|-1-|-2-|---|
   G|---|-2-|---|   G|---|-2-|---|   G|---|-2-|---|   G|---|---|---|   G|-1-|---|---|   G|-1-|---|---|
   D|---|-1-|---|   D|---|-1-|---|   D|---|-1-|---|   D|---|-1-|---|   D|---|-2-|---|   D|-1-|---|-3-|
   A|---|---|---|   A|---|---|---|   A|---|---|---|   A|---|---|---|   A|---|---|---|   A|-1-|---|---|
   E|---|---|---|   E|---|---|---|   E|---|---|---|   E|---|---|---|   E|---|---|---|   E|---|---|---|x
Frets 1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3        2   3   4 

          E               E7                D               Dm              Dsus2             Bm7   
   e|---|---|---|   e|---|---|---|   e|---|-2-|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|---|---|---|   e|---|-4-|---|
   B|---|---|---|   B|---|---|(4)|   B|---|---|-3-|   B|---|---|-3-|   B|---|---|-3-|   B|---|---|---|
   G|-1-|---|---|   G|-1-|---|---|   G|---|-1-|---|   G|---|-2-|---|   G|---|-1-|---|   G|---|-3-|---|
   D|---|-3-|---|   D|---|---|---|   D|---|---|---|   D|---|---|---|   D|---|---|---|   D|---|---|---|
   A|---|-2-|---|   A|---|-2-|---|   A|---|---|---|x  A|---|---|---|x  A|---|---|---|x  A|---|-2-|---|
   E|---|---|---|   E|---|---|---|   E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x
Frets 1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3


Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
       A              Asus4            Asus2             A7              Amaj7             Bm7
 |---|---|---|e   |---|---|---|e   |---|---|---|e   |---|---|---|e   |---|---|---|e   |---|---|-1-|e
 |---|-3-|---|B   |-4-|---|---|B   |---|---|---|B   |---|-3-|---|B   |---|-3-|---|B   |---|-2-|-1-|B
 |---|-2-|---|G   |---|-2-|---|G   |---|-2-|---|G   |---|---|---|G   |---|---|-1-|G   |---|---|-1-|G
 |---|-1-|---|D   |---|-1-|---|D   |---|-1-|---|D   |---|-1-|---|D   |---|-2-|---|D   |-3-|---|-1-|D
 |---|---|---|A   |---|---|---|A   |---|---|---|A   |---|---|---|A   |---|---|---|A   |---|---|-1-|A
x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E
   3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1 Frets
   
       E               E7                D               Dm              Dsus2             Bm7
 |---|---|---|e   |---|---|---|e   |---|-2-|---|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|---|e   |---|-4-|---|e
 |---|---|---|B   |(4)|---|---|B   |-3-|---|---|B   |-3-|---|---|B   |-3-|---|---|B   |---|---|---|B
 |---|---|-1-|G   |---|---|-1-|G   |---|-1-|---|G   |---|-2-|---|G   |---|-1-|---|G   |---|-3-|---|G
 |---|-3-|---|D   |---|---|---|D   |---|---|---|D   |---|---|---|D   |---|---|---|D   |---|---|---|D
 |---|-2-|---|A   |---|-2-|---|A  x|---|---|---|A  x|---|---|---|A  x|---|---|---|A   |---|-2-|---|A
 |---|---|---|E   |---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E
   3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1 Frets

Notes

  • The song may look a little tricky, but once you get the movement around the A chord under your belt, it becomes very easy.
  • In the Intro you will see | . . . A | which would normally be written as | Crotchet Rest Crotchet Rest Crotchet Rest A |
    There are 3 quarter-note / crotchet rests before the A chord. This means the A chord is played on the 4th beat of the bar. If you listen to the start of the song, there is 1 beat of syncopated rhythm playing A Major before leading into the 4 bars of Intro. (This could have been written as a dotted half-note / minim rest which is also equal to 3 beats of rest)
  • Where you see a hyphen between 2 chords, this means the bar count is split in half. Therefore | Bm7 - E | means you play the Bm7 for 2 beats and E Major for 2 beats.
  • You can count each bar as | 1 2 3 4 | or | 1& 2& 3& 4& | You will find the latter useful when counting beats in certain bars as you will see in the following example.
  • | A       -     Asus4   A   Asus2   A | means 2 beats on A (1& 2&) and 2 beats on Asus4  A  Asus2  A (3& 4&)
  • The bar would count as follows:
    White Christmas Notation
  • Make sure you count slowly to begin with till you get used to it. It moves along nicely with the melody line, and after a while feels very natural. The more you play, the more you will find yourself using this pattern in many songs.
  • Beginners will find this song very easy after playing it a few times. It has a country feel and is a lot of fun to play.
  • If you haven't learned barre chords yet, play the open version of Bm7 which is like a B7 chord without the first finger... x20202. This is very handy to know as the chord is very popular.
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