If you’re looking up chords and lyrics online, or playing along with Youtube tutorials, the time signature is a piece of information that is frequently left out, so I created the post on Feeling the Difference Between 4/4 and 3/4 Time Signature to help you figure it out on your own. It includes a video tutorial featuring a song that switches between the two time signatures to help you understand how they differ. And in my post from yesterday, I included another video tutorial with three beginner strum patterns for playing in 3/4 time (commonly referred to as waltz rhythm).
Many popular Christmas songs are set in 3/4 time, and I’ve been compiling this list as we listen to holiday music at home. Whenever I hear a song in 3/4 time, I make a note. Can you think of any I missed? Let me know in the comments!
A List of Christmas Songs Set in 3/4 Time
Christmas, Don’t Be Late (The Chipmunk Song)
Christmastime is Here (from Charlie Brown)
O Holy Night* (this is technically in 6/8 time signature, but you can get away playing a waltz strum with it)
O Tannenbaum / O Christmas Tree
We Three Kings
We Wish You a Merry Christmas*
What Child is This
* indicates a song that is included in my songbook, Oh, What Fun! Christmas Songs for the Ukulele
PS: One of my guilty pleasures is watching old Christmas specials on Youtube. Here’s a gem, featuring Andy Williams singing “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”:
As always, happy (waltz) strumming!