Christmas Time Is Here (as performed by Michael Franks and David Benoit) (Vince Guaraldi, Lee Mendelson)

Transcribed by Maxim Lvov for Guitar 6 string - Standard (E-A-D-G-B-E)   .


[Be sure to read the annotation below]

C6(9) C6(9)/G C6(9) Bb6(9) Bb6(9)/F Bb6(9) [Intro: - 4 times]


Cmaj7(9) Cmaj7(9)/G Cmaj7(9) Bb7(9#11) Bb7(9#11)/F Bb7(9#11) Christmas time is here
Cmaj7(9) Cmaj7(9)/G Cmaj7(9) Bb7(9#11) Bb7(9#11)/F Bb7(9#11) Happiness and cheer
Am6/F# Am6/F# Fm7 Em7 Em7 D#dim7 Fun for all that children call
Dm7 Dm7 G7(9sus4) Cmaj7(9) Cmaj7(9) C6(9) Their favorite time of year



Cmaj7(9) G6 Cmaj7(9) Bb7(9#11) Bb7(9#11)/F Bb7(9#11) Snowflakes in the air
Cmaj7(9) G6 Cmaj7(9) Bb7(9#11) Bb7(9#11)/F Bb7(9#11) Carols everywhere
Am6/F# Am6/F# Fm7 Em7 Em7 D#dim7 Olden times and ancient rhymes
Dm7 Dm7 G7(9sus4) C6(9) C6(9)/G C6(9) Of love and dreams to share



Abmaj7(9) Abmaj7(9) Abmaj7(9) Db7(9) Db7(9)/Ab Db7(9) Sleigh bells in the air
Abmaj7(9) Abmaj7(9) Abmaj7(9) Db7(9) Abm6 Db7(9) Beauty everywhere
Em7 Em7/B Gm6/Bb A7(sus4) A7(sus4) A7(#5) Yuletide by the fireside
Dm7(9) Dm7(9)/A Dm7(9) G7(sus4) G7(9sus4) G7(b9) And joyful memories there



C6(9) C6(9)/G C6(9) Bb7(9#11) Bb7(9#11)/F Bb7(9#11) Christmas time is here
C6(9) C6(9)/G C6(9) Bb7(9#11) Bb7(9#11)/F Bb7(9#11) We'll be drawing near
Am6/F# Am6/F# Fm7 Em7 Em7 D#dim7 Oh, that we could always see
Dm7 Dm7 G7(9sus4) Cmaj7(9) G6 Cmaj7(9) Such spirit through the year.

[Be sure to read the annotation below] [Intro: - 4 times] Christmas time is here Happiness and cheer Fun for all that children call Their favorite time of year Snowflakes in the air Carols everywhere Olden times and ancient rhymes Of love and dreams to share Sleigh bells in the air Beauty everywhere Yuletide by the fireside And joyful memories there Christmas time is here We'll be drawing near Oh, that we could always see Such spirit through the year.



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How to play

The time signature is 6/4.

Each chord in this transcription has the same duration - one third of a bar, or 2/4. Keep in mind the different rhythm patterns explained below.

This rhythm pattern goes throughout the song; / and . stand for stressed and unstressed beats, respectively:

 |1   2   3   4   5   6  |
|/ . / . . / . / . / . .| - chords (5 out of 12 beats in a bar)
|/ . . . / . . . / . . .| - bass (3 out of 12 beats)
You've got to combine these two together, if you're playing one guitar.

 


Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_Time_Is_Here

The story of how the lyrics were written: http://impressionsofvince.blogspot.ru/2012/10/lee-mendelson-lyricist.html

The song has been performed by many artists. This transcription is for the performance of Michael Franks and David Benoit:


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