How to Play "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" on Piano

Learn how to play "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" 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. God rest ye merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay. Remember Christ our saviour was born on Christmas day. To save us all from Satan's power while we had gone astray. Oh tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy. Oh tidings of comfort and joy. That was God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Although, in my mind, it's titled Tidings of Comfort and Joy. This song has a lot of chord changes in it, and that makes it more difficult than a lot of the other Christmas carols. I've been able to distill it down to 6 main chords. Those chords are G Minor, A, B Flat, C, D minor, and F. If you can get the hand of those chords, you're gonna be able to do alright. Otherwise, maybe practice on an easier Christmas carol before working your way up to here. Those chords look like this on the piano. G minor, A, B flat, C, D minor, and F. Now, there is 1 pattern that'll help take care of a couple measures of the song. And that's getting into comfort and joy. So we have, um, oh tidings of comfort and joy. It's that walking up in the bass. So starting on comfort, of tidings of comfort and joy, place your 5 finger, your pinkie on the F, and then walk up to the A. Hit the A twice. And then we bop right into the D, which is the next chord, also joy. So hear that all put together. We have, oh tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy. Oh tidings of comfort and joy.

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