Okay, today we will be taking care of another song request I received – yes, I know, it took me a while. Sorry about that. Anyway, here it is, a full tutorial on what you need to do in order to learn how to play ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ on guitar. As usual, we will do a comprehensive video lesson and along with that comes a worksheet that you can download from the link below for free.

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The original of this tune is very swingy and jazzy. So you probably want to listen to it a couple of times, just to familiarize with the feel of the song. The goal is going to be not to exactly copy everything down to perfection, but just get internalize the groove and accentuation.

Alright, let’s get started. I’ll be doing my roboto-sing-talking to emphasize the chord changes, etc. Just watch the video and things will click:

The good news is, even if you’re on a beginner-ish level, with a little bit of practice you will be able to learn and play this popular Christmas tune. Because the chords we need are all very basic. Speaking of, here is a diagram with the all the ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ guitar chords we need for this version.


If you need a refresher on how to play these chords, hop over to the Chordbank and get up to speed in no time.

That’s it. Oh, as usual, just download the worksheet to this lesson and use it as you watch the video tutorial. That usually works best in my experience. If you have any question, let me know. Leave a comment below or use the contact form.

Happy strumming and merry Christmas!

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