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Two Jingle Bell Versions

Within the last few years I learned that that song Jingle Bells by James Pierpont was actually a Thanksgiving Song, yet became a part of Christmas. Over the years the song has been used in various genres of music, yet wanted to take a moment to share two options that are fun to play.

Jumpin' Jingle Bells arrangement by Jennifer Linn is an Early Intermediate Piano solo that is fun to play and even perform. Linn uses staccatos and legatos throughout the song, which make it bouncy and sweet at the same time. She incorporates various dynamics in the piano solo, utilizing a large register of the piano (my favorite part). If you're looking for a short solo for a Christmas event or performance, please consider this song as an option. The song will certainly be a crowd pleaser, as the performer is "jumpin' around" the piano. If you don't have this song for your collection, would recommend you get this piece.

Another option is Jingle 'n' Jazz, arranged by Catherine Rollin, that incorporates jazz concepts within the song. From dynamics, triplet rhythms, syncopation, tremolos at the end with a C7, make this piece of music something worth learning and playing. With this version Rollin includes a walking bass, with the melody either legato or staccato. She makes sure to provide accidentals, with the song being in the Key of C. Love when composers create music with accidentals not in the key signature. The last page Rollin provides more jazz chords in the Treble Clef from C7, F7 and Gm7. This song is so much fun to play.

What are some of your favorite Jingle Bells arrangements? Would like to know. Thanks for your support. Blessings.


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