Piano Christmas Music & Songs: Get Inspired This Holiday Season!
Looking for piano Christmas music to inspire you this holiday season? Here, you will find recommendations to some great instrumental Christmas piano CDs.
If you wish, you can try to learn some of the songs or…if you just want to take it easy, put those CDs on and relax as you listen to some wonderful music!
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Piano Christmas Music CDs For a Relaxed Holiday
Piano Christmas Music Great Artists
Here are some artists who sell their music as CDs or as downloads on the internet!
David Lanz is a Grammy-nominated piano artist! His music is a bit less traditional, with creative harmonies.
His Christmas CDs include – Christmas Eve and David Lanz, The Christmas Album.
Visit his website to read all about David’s life and career, buy CDs and sheet music, and some limited downloads.
Jim Brickman’s music has piano Christmas music arrangements that leave you happy and relaxed, and sure to inspire you if you are a pianist.
Jim’s Christmas CDs include – The Gift, Peace, Christmas Romance, and Homecoming.
Relatively unknown group, using a combination of orchestral and electronic instruments, though their music is literally played everywhere during christmas.
Simple and emotional music is how you can define David Nevue’s music!
David is a self-taught pianist, and listening to his music and words can inspire a lot of adult learners.
Here are some songs on our playlist this holiday season:
Bing Crosby – “White Christmas”
Nat King Cole – “The Christmas Song”
Frank Sinatra – “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!”
Frank Sinatra – “Jingle Bells”
Pentatonix – “Joy to the World”
Mariah Carey – “All I Want for Christmas is You”
Johnny Mathis – “It’s Beginning to Look A lot Like Christmas”
Jackson 5 – “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”
Destiny’s Child – “8 Days of Christmas”
Paul McCartney – “Wonderful Christmas Time”
Temptations – “Silent Night”
Jose Feliciano – “Feliz Navidad”
Andy Williams – “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
Brenda Lee – “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree”
Bobby Helms – “Jingle Bell Rock”
Vocalists Perform on Medieval Christmas Music
Lot of people get excited about early baroque music, especially those who take voice lessons in college. There’s much work to be done with the baroque era music because there’s less instruction on the page” compared with the musical styles that followed it.
“That music spoke to me in a way that at the time Schubert and Schuman (romantic era composers) didn’t,” says a orchestra musician.
Then there’s medieval music of the 500s through 1400s, which is even more exciting. It’s two-part music — there are no rhythms. It’s just text and dots on a manuscript. That allows musicians to improvise as long as the rising and falling of the notes were followed along with the text.
That requires lots of practice. It may sound complicated, but for the listener, when a really good medieval music ensemble performs, the piece should sound effortless and graceful. The audience enjoys “the harmonic simplicity” of such music. It’s the cleanliness of the harmonies.
The later you get (in musical history) the more complex the harmonies get. It’s different every time you do it. It’s just lovely. This is music that hardly anyone performs. These are the pieces that people may never have heard that may not have been performed for 400 years.
There’s music about the prophecy, the annunciation of Mary and the birth of Christ. It’s wonderful Christmas music that has to do with all manner of the story.
Medieval Christmas Carols
Some other medieval singing groups add period instruments, but that wasn’t necessarily the way it was done when the music was written and first performed.
Christmas Songs for Piano
Christmas piano fun for your whole family! Get creative ideas this festive season!
Looking for some creative ideas this festive season? Want to involve your whole family in the fun? You should be excited, since it is everybody’s favorite time of the year.
Here are some of the ways you can use music to celebrate Christmas.
Christmas Piano Sheet Music
How about learning some christmas music to play when your friends/relatives are around?
And that too without spending anything?
Of-course it’s a great idea; just visit my free Christmas sheet music page and download/print whatever you find interesting. It is a collection of some great sites for printable Christmas music so have fun!
Christmas Piano Music: Get together and play
Know some friends or students learning the piano or some other instrument?
Call them over and have a fun session of music!
There is nothing to feel shy about it, this is an opportunity for you to play in a group so just grab it.
You can ask your children to do the same if they are taking piano lessons. Kids usually do not look forward to recitals, but when it comes to playing with friends at home? I bet that is fun for them!
So go ahead and host a fun piano afternoon session!
Christmas Piano: Music CDs / Downloads / Books
We have listed several christmas music songs by various artists. I personally like Jim Brickman’s music and Mannheim Steamroller’s music. Check out their sites to see their list of Christmas CDs and sheet music. I have a collection of my favorite Christmas music for the festive season! Even you will need your collection, either to be played in the background or just to get into the festive mood or if you are hosting a Christmas Music Party!
- The Big Book of Christmas Songs (Piano-Vocal-Guitar Series) (Paperback) – by Hal Leonard Corp.
- Mannheim Steamroller – Christmas: Piano Solo (Paperback) by Mannheim Steamroller (Author), Chip Davis (Author)
- Jim Brickman’s Christmas Collection (Paperback) by Jim Brickman (Author)
- David Lanz – Christmas Eve: Piano Solo by David Lanz
- 30 Favorite Christmas Songs (Easy Piano (Hal Leonard)) – by Hal Leonard Corp
Christmas Piano Music: Free Songbook
An Online Christmas Songbook – A great site having compilation of 106 Christmas songs that you are free to print! Most of these songs are hymns, arranged as SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass lines). The only flip side here is that beginners will find it difficult to read the arrangements and play these piano pieces. Nevertheless, they can still act as good exercises for reading both the treble and bass clefs.
So plenty of resources to have a wonderful festive season! Merry Christmas!
Top Five Christmas Songs for Guitar
Holiday gatherings often inspire guitarists to accompany both song and dance. And what better time of the year than Christmas? Guitar Christmas songs can be a central, uniting part of any Christmas gathering. And so, to celebrate the time of the year and our instrument of choice, here is a list of our five popular Christmas songs for guitar.
The 1970 version of Feliz Navidad by Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Jose Feliciano became practically an overnight hit. Feliciano’s version of this superior is one of the most downloaded Christmas songs of all time. The song became so popular that it has been recorded by complicated artists, each adding their own extra flare. But regardless of who plays it, the song’s simplicity and clear message make it a popular song that will fly right to the heart.
The primary lyrics of Silent Night were written in German by an Austrian clergyman (Father Joseph Mohr) and the melody was composed by Franx Xaver Gruber. The popularity of this Christmas carol has not abated over the last 200 years. It conveys the spirit of the season without development an issue of theological beliefs, focusing on the love of a mom for her child. practically a lullaby, it touches the heart, is simple to play, and the tune and words are recognized by many. Interestingly, the version of the melody that is sung today is rather slower than the primary Gruber version which was a rather upbeat dance tune.
The song ‘Winter Wonderland’ was first published in 1934 and made popular by subsequent recordings by both the Andrews Sisters and Perry Como. But like so many of the Christmas favorites, Winter Wonderland has been remade by many artists over 50 years. Perhaps the best version – especially for acoustic guitar – is the 2004 version recorded by Jason Mraz, an American singer-songwriter born and raised in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Mraz achieved acclaim straight through his mixture of styles; reggae, rock, pop, jazz, folk, hip hop, even bossa nova in order to make a truly unique sound.
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
A novelty guitar Christmas song written by Randy Brooks and originally recorded by the Irish Rovers, this incredibly amusing, easy-to-play song is, thanks to its bone-tickling lyrics, sure to be a popular wherever it is played.
There is a Light
The power pop band We the Kings from Bradenton, Florida recorded the song “There is a Light” on their 2007 inexpressive Valentine Album. At once simple and touching, There is a Light brings to mind the Christmases of childhood and the excitement and hope connected with the holiday. The allure of this song is that it conveys the spirit of Christmas without being a redundant Christmas tune that everybody has heard a million times.
While these are the top five guitar Christmas songs that we recommend for guitar, this is hardly the final list. There are many more great guitar Christmas songs available, but this list is a good place to start. We can only hope that it helps to make your holidays more happier.
You know now where to look for Christmas piano music!
Relax, have fun, or get inspired. Do what you like and have a wonderful Christmas!