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How to Play "The First Noel" on Piano

Learn how to play "The First Noel" on piano from musician Paul Sandberg in this Howcast video.


"My name is Paul Sandberg. I am an actor, singer and teacher in the New York City area. For more information please visit my website at

The first Noel the angel did say

Was to certain poor shepards in fields as they lay:

In fields where they lay a keeping their sheep

On a cold winter's night that was so deep.

Noel Noel Noel Noel

Born is the King of Israel.

That's the first Noel. This Carol is based on traditional 17th century English melody and is one of my personal favorites. The amount of pasan chords in this song can make it seem a little daunting but you can easily break it down to really just about 4 or 5 primary chords that will get you through the song. Those chords being d, a, g, e minor and f sharp minor, you can play those individually if you would like or if you would like even in easier time of the song, go ahead and just play the root of those chords with your left hand starting with the five finger our pinky finger on the d, ring finger or four on e, index finger or chew finger on g and our thumb one finger on the a. When we have that you can just plunge those individual notes without worrying about having your left hand bouncing all around the piano, though you are welcome to do that if you would like. And then just add in the melody. Starting with f sharp the first Noel, make sure that you pive it on this note right here the f sharp, so that our one finger or thumb can land on the g and then continue all the way up without running out of fingers. On the last system I often like to take up the melody. I heard this done in certain church hymns. Its obviously up to you whether you do this, just make it nice and respectful, keeping the feel of the song really, in that it sound like:

Noel Noel Noel Noel

Born is the King of Israel."

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