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How to Play "O Christmas Tree" on Piano

Learn how to play "O Christmas Tree" aka "O Tannenbaum" on piano from musician Paul Sandberg in this Howcast video.

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My name is Paul Sandberg. I'm an actor, singer and teacher in the New York City area. For more information visit my website at PaulSandberg.net. Oh Christmas tree oh Christmas tree how are they leaves so verdant. Oh Christmas tree oh Christmas tree how are they leaves so verdant. Not only in the summertime. But in the winter is thy prime. Oh Christmas tree oh Christmas tree how are they leaves so verdant. So it's Oh Christmas Tree a.k.a. O Tannenbaum and it is a secular favorite in G major. In order to play this song you can break it down to just three main chords. We have G, A and D. Played on the piano that looks like G, A and D and back to G. Feel free if you would like make this a little easier on yourself just play the riffs on those parts. So you have G in the left hand. Play it on our five finger or our pinkie. Then A on our ring finger also known as four. And then go ahead and play the D with your one finger or thumb. Then you just play along with the melody. Oh Christmas tree oh Christmas tree how are they leaves so verdant. And I like to a little descending scale for how are thy leaves so verdant. Uh, start with your thumb, your one finger on the E. Then prepare your two finger, your index finger to land on the C, middle on the B and ring finger, four finger on the A. So that will go into how are thy leaves so verdant. Just adds a little pizzazz. There is some discrepancy on lyrics of this song. I personally have grown up singing Oh Christmas tree oh Christmas tree thy leaves are so unchanging. The version I have here, it says how are thy leaves so verdant. it's the same gist, so choose whatever lyric makes you happy. Whatever reminds you of your own personal childhood. Oh Christmas tree oh Christmas tree thy leaves are so unchanging.

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