Deck The Halls chords
by Julien Neel
Deck The Halls - Traditional Welsh Melody dating back to the 16th century.
Original Published Key: E♭ Major (3 flats - B♭ E♭ A♭)
Performance: Julien Neel (Trudbol) from his album Christmas Time - Vol 2
Music: Key of F Major in 4/4 time at 184 bpm (♩) or 92 bpm (𝅗𝅥)
Easier in D Major with chords D, Bm, A, E , G
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open X: Don't play string B: Bass Note
Deck The Halls
Capo on 3 if playing with the videoSong Key is highlighted - Transpose to any other key
D Bm D A D A D 1. Deck the halls with boughs of hol-ly Fa la la la la La la la la D Bm D A D A D 'Tis the sea-son to be jol-ly Fa la la la la La la la la A D A D E A E A Don we now our gay ap-pa-rel Fa la la La la la La la la D Bm D G D A D Troll the an-cient Yule-tide car-ol Fa la la la la La la la la D Bm D A D A D 2. See the blaz-ing Yule be-fore us Fa la la la la La la la la D Bm D A D A D Strike the harp and join the chor-us Fa la la la la La la la la A D A D E A E A Fol-low me in mer-ry meas-ure Fa la la La la la La la la D Bm D G D A D While I tell of Yule-tide treas-ure Fa la la la la La la la la D Bm D A D A D 3. Fast a-way the old year pas-ses Fa la la la la La la la la D Bm D A D A D Hail the new ye lads and las-ses Fa la la la la La la la la A D A D E A E A Sing we joy-ous all to-ge-ther Fa la la La la la La la la D Bm D G D A D Heed-less of the wind and wea-ther Fa la la la la___ La la la la
- This version is in the key of F Major which means you would have a B♭ chord in the mix. I have placed a capo on the 3rd fret and play in the key of D Major which may still require a barre chord depending how you play the Bm.
The Bm can be played as a barre chord like the chart above suggests or it can be played as an open chord - xx4432.
Beginners that haven't learned barre chords - pretend you are playing an Am chord on frets 3 and 4 using fingers 2,3, and 4, and placing your first finger on string 1 - fret 2 - don't play the bottom 2 strings. If you're reading the chart, simply omit the barre and play the first finger on string 1 (2nd fret).
- The 'X' marked strings should be avoided as they are not part of the chord structure - if you do play them, the resulting chord may sound pretty ordinary.
- The performance is 'a capella' which means singing without musical accompaniment. Although there are no instruments, you can still play along very easily.