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How to Play "12 Days of Christmas" on Piano

Learn how to play "12 Days of Christmas" 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, please visit my website at paulsandberg.net. On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping, 10 lords a' leaping, 9 ladies dancing, 8 maids a milking, 7 swans a swimming, 6 geese a laying, 5 golden rings. 4 calling birds, 3 french hens, 2 turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree. So that was the 12 Days of Christmas. This song is really only complicated by its many many many verses. 'Cause in reality, there's just 3 chords that are gonna make this song a song. And those chords being F, D, and C. And then the melody, which is played in the right hand, just repeats itself over and over until you get to 5 golden rings. Let's take a look and see how some of these chords go into this song. So we start with D, then I move into C...forever. 9 ladies dancing, 8 maids a milking, 7 swans a swimming, 6 geese a laying, 5 golden rings, now we're up into F. 4 calling birds, 3 french hens, 2 turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

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