Carol Of The Bells Piano Letters
Carol Of The Bells Piano Letters – Looking for an easy version of Carol of the Bells Sheet Music to play on the piano? I got you covered! This is a version I have taught many beginner and intermediate piano students.
I have always loved Carol of the Bells. On the one hand, it sounds like its name – beautiful Christmas bells ringing in a melancholy tune!
Carol Of The Bells Piano Letters
This piece was written by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych in 1914. He certainly wrote a melody like no other! In the more than 100 years since it was first written, Carol of the Bells has become a world-famous Christmas song, featured in many films and performed by many famous musicians.
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Click on the photo or the button below to download your own copy of Carol of the Bells in easy piano version! The link will take you to Google Drive, and from there you can either save it to your own drive or download it as a PDF.
The first version keeps everything nice and simple. The left hand is limited to single notes and a few intervals.
The middle version of carol of the bells adds a few extra elements, like thirds as the ostinato rises, and sixteenth notes on the chorus. This adds a little more spice to the song!
I chose to arrange Carol of the Bells in the key of A minor. This makes it especially easy for those new to the piano, as A minor has no sharps or flats.
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The general structure of the song is simple. It begins with a repeated pattern in the right hand that continues for several bars. (This is also known as ostinato). This pattern will eventually shift to higher notes and then turn into flowing melodies and scales.
With the easy version I tried to keep the left hand extremely simple too. It has single notes or intervals throughout the entire song, so you won’t have to worry about moving with both hands at the same time.
While you’re learning this song, don’t forget to pay attention to the dynamics as well! I’ve included some notes on the music, but here are some additional notes:
Although the notes of Carol of the Bells may seem intimidating, they are actually made up of fairly simple chords.
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As the Ostinato repeats, there is no particular chord going on. But once we get to the “chorus” section, there are very clearly defined chords.
During this section there is a huge opportunity for creativity and improvisation. You can improve by playing literally any note in the A minor scale (so any white key!)
That’s actually how my dad and I like to teach this piece – as a method of learning to improvise. Although you can stick to the original melody, you can add different intervals, change the rhythm or create new melodies!
For this section, the general tuning is in E major. If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding an E major inversion in the left hand after playing the base note.
Charlie Zhou Shen
Carol of the Bells is a super fun and easy song to learn on the piano! I hope you enjoy learning it with this free and easy sheet music.”Carol of the Bells” is a choral work composed by Ukrainian composer Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych (1877-1921). He based the music on a traditional Ukrainian folk song called Shchedryk (meaning “abundant”) and associated with the New Year. In English, the song is called either “Carol of the Bells” or “Ring, Christmas Bells” and it is often sung by an “a capella” (unaccompanied) choir. The composer created a number of versions of the song depending on the nature of the chorus, and other versions were created in different languages. The main characteristic of the carol is the singing “ostinato” – a repeating 4-note pattern that continues throughout the piece. It is a popular Christmas song and Ukrainian-American composer Peter Wilhousky created the English version known as “Carol of the Bells” which has been used in several films, including the Christmas film Home Alone. Here is The Piano Guys playing a cello ensemble version.
The version we present here was arranged for piano although it can be played on a variety of tuned keyboard or percussion instruments. You can download the sheet music in PDF format or download the music as a MIDI file or MP3 files. For other instruments we have also created an arrangement of “Carol of the Bells” for clarinet and piano where we have alternate scores to allow other instruments to replace the clarinet part.
The audio controls below let you play the mp3 version of Carol of the Bells for piano or you can download the MP3 file. You can also download the midi version of Carol of the Bells for piano or edit/play the midi file.
The image below is the first page of the sheet music, and here you can download the complete Carol of the Bells sheet music for piano in PDF format.