How To Play Angels We Have Heard On High


angel photo credit: penywise
"Angels We Have Heard on High" is a Christmas carol in the public domain. The song commemorates the story of the birth of Jesus Christ found in the Gospel of Luke, in which shepherds outside Bethlehem encounter a multitude of angels singing and praising the newborn child.
http://en.wikipedia.org

I love the group Pentatonics Video version of the song.

Key of C

C              G        C
Angels we have heard on high,
C               G           C
Singing sweetly through the night,
C                 G  C
And the mountains in reply
C             G       C
Echoing their brave delight.            

CHORUS:
C  A7  Dm  G  C  F  G
Gloria...............
C  G  C  F  G
in excelsis Deo.
C  A7  Dm  G  C  F  G
Gloria...............
C  G  C F   G    C
in excelsis Deo.

C                   G   C
Shepherds, why this jubilee?
C                  G     C
Why these songs of happy cheer?
C                     G       C
What great brightness did you see?
C                G       C
What glad tiding did you hear? 


Key of D


D     F#m      A        D
Angels we have heard on high,
 D   A   D       A         D
Sweetly singing o'er the plains,
 Bm F#m  Bm       A     D
And the mountains in reply
 D A D         A       D
Echoing their joyous strains.

chorus:
 D B Em A D G A   D  A  D  G   D  A
Glo-----------ria in excelsis Deo,
 D B Em A D G A   D  A  D  G   D  A  D
Glo-----------ria in excelsis De----o.

Key of E

E                       D2
Angels we have heard on high,
 E                       D2
Sweetly singing o'er the plains,
 E                     D2
And the mountains in reply
 E                    A2       
Echoing their joyous strains.

chorus:
 E F#m7 E/G#  A2    E     F#m7(b5)
Glo-----------ria in excelsis Deo,
 E F#m/E E F#m7(b5)/E E/A D    E//// l ///D2//
Glo-----------ria in excelsis De----o.


Key of F

F                Gm7(b5)/F
Angels we have heard on high,
Cm7(4)
Sweetly singing o'er the plains,
 Dm7              F+/C#
And the mountains in reply
 F/C            Bb    Gm7(b5)
Echoing their joyous strains.

chorus:
 F Gm7 F/A Bb2    F   Bb  F/C  Gm/C
Glo-----------ria in excelsis Deo,
 F Gm7 F/A Bb Eb Bb/D F/C Eb   F //// l /// Eb // l F
Glo-----------ria in excelsis De----o.

Key of F

F   Dm Gm7 C FM7 Bb C F C F C F B F/C  C

Refrain: Glo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ria in Excelsis De-o (2x)



Verse 1

F        Am        Csus  C   F

Angels we have heard on high

F     C    F       F/C  C      F

sweetly singing o'er the plains

F          Am        Csus C F

and the mountains in reply

F C   F     F/A  F/C C    F

echo back their joyous strains.

(Repeat Refrain)






Verse 2

F               Am     Csus C F

Shepherds, why this  Jubilee?

F      C     F       F/C     C     F

Why your joyous strains prolong?

F             Am     Csus C   F

Say what may the tidings be,  

  F        C  F    F/A  F/C  C    F

Which inspire your heavenly song?

(Repeat Refrain)



Verse 3

  F        Am   Csus   C   F

Come to Bethlehem and see

 F     C     F        F/A     C  F

Him whose birth the angels sing;

F          Am       Csus C  F

Come, adore on bended knee

 F        C   F     F/A F/C  C     F

Christ, the Lord, the newborn King.

(Repeat Refrain)



Verse 4

F          Am  Csus C  F

See Him in a manger laid,

F  C     F        F/C      C   F

Jesus, Lord of heaven and earth!

F        Am      Csus  C   F

Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,

F  C  F    F/A  F/C  C   F

celebrate our Savior's birth.

(Repeat Refrain) 


Here are some chords charts of the same song from my other blog, http://ladydpiano.blogspot.com, along with 4 free videos.


Have a wonderful Christmas season!







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How To Play Christmas Time Is Here

A Charlie Brown Christmas


Performed by the Vince Guaraldi Trio from A Charlie Brown Christmas album, here are the chords to
Christmas Time Is Here. The words are by Lee Mendelson and of course the music is by the famous Vince Guaraldi, written in 1966. I love the tune played slowly with the pedal in 3/4 time signature. For more information, visit www.vinceguaraldi.com/

Piano Chord Progression Chart

Fmaj7             Eb7 
Christmas time is here 
Fmaj7         Eb7  
Happiness and cheer 
Bm7        Bb7   Am7 
Fun for all that children call   
Ab7 Gm            C      F 
Their favorite time of the year  

 
Fmaj7             Eb7 
Snowflakes in the air 
Fmaj7       Eb7 
Carols everywhere 
Bm7          Bb7 Am7 
Olden times and  ancient rhymes  
Ab7 Gm              C  F 
Of   love and dreams to share 
 
 
Dbmaj7               Gbmaj7  
Sleigh bells in the air 
Dbmaj7      Gbmaj7 
Beauty everywhere 
F            Eb7 D7 
Yuletide by the  fireside 
Am    Gm7         F   C   
And joyful memories there 

  
Fmaj7             Eb7 
Christmas time is here 
Fmaj7            Eb7 
We'll be drawing near 
Bm7          Bb7  Am7 
Oh, that we could always see 
Ab7   Gm             C   F  
Such spirit through the year 
  

Jazzy Instrumental part...  
 

Dbmaj7               Gbmaj7  
Sleigh bells in the air 
Dbmaj7      Gbmaj7 
Beauty everywhere 
F            Eb7 D7 
Yuletide by the  fireside 
Am    Gm7         F   C   
And joyful memories there 

  
Fmaj7             Eb7 
Christmas time is here 
Fmaj7            Eb7 
We'll be drawing near 
Bm7          Bb7  Am7 
Oh, that we could always see 
Ab7   Gm             C   F  
Such spirit through the year 
http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com


Easy Version Piano Playing Chords in the Key of C


Intro:
Am

Am                 C
Christmas time is here
Am             C
Happiness and cheer
F                  Em
Fun for all that children call
       Dm                   Cadd9
Their favorite time of the year

Am                C
Snowflakes in the air
Am            C
Carols everywhere
F               Em
Olden times and ancient rhymes
    Dm                  Cadd9
Of love and dreams to share
[ Tab from: http://www.guitaretab.com/a/a-fine-frenzy/294191.html ]
  G#                 Eb
Sleigh bells in the air
G#           Eb
Beauty everywhere
C                Am
Yuletide by the fireside
     F                Cadd9
And joyful memories there

Am                 C
Christmas time is here
Am                C
We'll be drawing near
F                 Em
Oh, that we could always see
       Dm                 Cadd9
Such spirit through the year

Am, C, Am, C
F, Em, Dm, Cadd9  x2

  G#                 Eb
Sleigh bells in the air
G#           Eb
Beauty everywhere
C                Am
Yuletide by the fireside
     F                Cadd9
And joyful memories there

Am                 C
Christmas time is here
Am                C
We'll be drawing near
F                 Em
Oh, that we could always see
       Dm                 C
Such spirit through the year

Chords for the Intermediate Player

This piano arrangement is from some sheet music I have in my Christmas notebook to share.


Intro:
Fmaj9 C13b9 Fmaj9 C13b9 Fmaj9 Eb13#11 Christmas time is here Fmaj9 Eb13#11 Happiness and cheer Bm7b5 Bbm7 Am7 Abm7 Fun for all that children call Gm7 Bb/C Fmaj9 Their favorite time of the year Fmaj9 Eb13#11 Snowflakes in the air Fmaj9 Eb13#11 Carols everywhere Bm7b5 Bbm7 Abm7 Olden times and ancient rhymes Gm7 Bb/C Fmaj9 Of love and dreams to share [ Tab from: http://www.guitaretab.com/a/a-fine-frenzy/294191.html ] Dbmaj7 Gb13#11 Sleigh bells in the air Dbmaj7 Gb13#11 Beauty everywhere Am7 Eb9 D7 Yuletide by the fireside Gm7 Db9 C13 And joyful memories there Fmaj9 Eb13#11 Christmas time is here Fmaj9 Eb13#11 We'll be drawing near Bm7b5 Am7 Abm7 Oh, that we could always see Gm7 Bb/C Fmaj9 Such spirit through the year Eb13#11, Fmaj9, Eb13#11, Bm7b5 Bbm7, Am7, Abm7, Gm7, Bb/C, Fmaj9 x2 Dbmaj7 Gb13#11 Sleigh bells in the air Dbmaj7 Gb13#11 Beauty everywhere Am7 Eb9 D7 Yuletide by the fireside Gm7 Db9 C13 And joyful memories there Fmaj9 Eb13#11 Christmas time is here Fmaj9 Eb13#11 We'll be drawing near Bm7b5 Am7 Abm7 Oh, that we could always see Gm Bb/C Fmaj9 Such spirit through the year

I like the sound of these dreamy chords.

C13b9 = CBb/DbEA

Eb13#11 = Eb/DbA

Db9 = DbCb/EbA

You can purchase the CD at:

A Charlie Brown Christmas [2012 Remastered & Expanded Edition]

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Have a wonderful Christmas season!

 
"Jazz washes away the dust of every day life." -- Art Blakey
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