SILENT NIGHT Chords & Guitar Lesson

Welcome to my Silent Night chord chart. This is a great Christmas song. I actually think it’s one of my mom’s favorites and I really like it too.

I also like that this is a relatively easy Christmas song to learn on the guitar. You can strum, pick, or even fingerpick your way through this Christmas classic.

This song is going to be in 3/4 time version with more of a waltz feel. This means we will only have 3 beats per measure vs 4 beats like you would have in 4/4 time.


silent night chords guitar

SILENT NIGHT Strumming Patterns:

This song is in 3/4 time so we will be counting to 3 instead of 4. For the all down strumming pattern, I like to count 1 2 3 4 5 6.

1 +  2 + 3 +

Strumming Option 2:
1 +   2 +  3 +

Fingerpicking Option:

We will be using a very traditional picking pattern playing the lowest bass note of the chord followed by the strings 3, 2, 1, 2, 3. You can watch the YouTube video below for more specific instruction on how to play this pattern.

silent night fingerpicking guitar

SILENT NIGHT Guitar Lessons:

No chord needed for this video.

Strumming + Picking in this video.

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Verse 1:
G           G        G      G
Silent night, holy night!
D7      D7     G         G
All is calm, all is bright
   C                  C          G                     G
'Round yon virgin Mother and Child.
  C      C               G                     G
Holy infant so tender and mild,
    D7          D7            G   G
Sleep in heavenly peace.
    G           D7              G       G
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Verse 2:
G          G         G      G
Silent night, holy night!
   D7                 D7     G          G
Shepherds quake at the sight!
    C             C                   G            G
Glories stream from heaven afar.
    C              C                G      G
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
     D7            D7           G G
Christ the Savior is born!
      G             D7            G      G
Christ the Savior is born!

Verse 3:
G          G         G      G
Silent night, holy night!
D7           D7    G                 G
Son of God, love's pure light.
  C              C                    G              G
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
   C              C                   G              G
With the dawn of redeeming grace.
D7         D7                 G  G
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.
 G          D7                   G     G (hold)
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.

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