“Silent Night” is one of the most recognisable Christmas carols of all time, and in my opinion one of the most spiriting and emotional. Here we have the video of me playing it and the tab and chords below so you can learn it too!
Composed in 1818 by Franz Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in a small town in Austria, the song has been recorded numerous times — with Bing Crosby’s version being the third-best-selling single of all time!
Below, is the “Medium” version of the arrangement from my book Christmas Chords. It features five different Christmas carols with an easy, medium and hard arrangement for each, totalling 15 arrangements and comes with tab, tips, audio, chords, lyrics and more.
One of the most powerful historical stories of “Silent Night” dates back to Christmas Eve of 1914, where British, French, and German troops all downed weapons to sing together this beautiful carol after Pope Benedict XV’s passionate plea for a ceasefire at Christmas.
They then went on to have a landmark game of football in ‘no man’s land’. All this after hundreds of thousands of lives were lost.
It just goes to show how hopeful and powerful this wonderful piece of music is.
Let me know what you think of this arrangement by leaving a comment below and check out the Christmas Chords book if you want to learn more arrangements like this.