Easiest Songs to Play: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Guitar Chords

ChordBuddy is engaging holiday cheer, and we’re ready to show you how to play one of the most famous Christmas songs around. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” is easy to play, and ChordBuddy’s YouTube channel is here to assist your progress. Christmas is right around the corner, so why not invest in some holiday songs? Check out our rundown of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” tips and all.

The Chords

“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” written by Johnny Marks in 1939, is pretty easy to play. Most post-creation recordings follow the original strum pattern, so you shouldn’t have too much difficulty nailing down the song’s main form, regardless of any off-shoot riffs you play.

Check out Ultimate-Guitar for a solid set of tabs, and take advantage of the song’s generational influence. Recreated several times by artists like Bling Crosby, Gene Autry, Paula Anka, Dean Martin and The Temptations, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” has proven itself, time and time again, as a great acoustic guitar song selection.

“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” follows a consistent G and C-chord design. One of the easiest Christmas songs to learn, the song’s strumming pattern is predictable, and it’s easy to access via the ChordBuddy.

Rhythm and Pacing

Once you’ve settled on your tabs, take a minute to check out the song’s rundown by verse. Got a Ukulele, while focusing on the ukulele’s rendition, breaks down the song’s notes by lyrical construction. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” carries a quick-paced beat, and the F, C and G chords struck between the chorus lines are great for practice.

In particular, pay attention to each segment’s beginning notes strung from C. The chorus lead-in, however, can be swapped with an F, creating a pitch rendition for the longer verse.

The Alternating Bass Pattern

“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” carries a hallmark bass pattern. Alternating within the song’s major riffs, the bass pattern is great for practicing future fingerstyle. While using your ChordBuddy, take note of the bass notes, and set aside some time to focus on the introductory bass notes setting off the progression.

Once you’ve gained some experience with “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” you’ll be ready to transition into full, unassisted fingerstyle play. Your ChordBuddy is incredibly useful for hammering in pattern play, and moving into unassisted play will grant you easy access to unique movements. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” can be played with a quicker pace, too, creating a “doubled up” feel when executed correctly.

As always, ChordBuddy is here to help. Happy holidays!