I was asked for this song by two sisters; one a piano student and one on the ukulele. They are big fans of Swiss Family Robinson.
‘Oh Christmas Tree’ turned out to be such a good one for beginners, as it consists of four lines; the first two being identical and extremely simple, the third line creating a bit of interest with a little more movement in the melody and chords, followed by another line identical to the first two. It is a little nutshell example of how most music works: a tune, that tune repeated, a little wandering into new territory, then back home to the familiar.
Here it is, with tune line and chords-
For the ukulele student who is only six, I am using simplified chords and it is working a treat. She is playing and singing it with ease and it sounds lovely.
Here’s what I do.
Take one finger off G7, so becomes .
Do the same for F, so becomes .
When playing in C, this creates a really nice effect with the low note C becoming a drone throughout the three chords.
I would substitute D minor for F, so the third line would go like this-
C F G7 C
Not only green when summer’s here, but also when ’tis cold and drear.
The sweetness of these simplified chords plus the singing voice of a six year old is enough to melt anyone’s heart!