Silent Night was written in 1818. A catholic priest named Joseph Mohr wrote the lyrics shortly after the end of the Napoleonic Wars, and on Christmas Eve 1818 asked a friend to help write a melody to them. It was premiered later that same day, with guitar accompaniment, as the church organ was damaged. The man who serviced the organ at the church loved the song, shared it with friends, and it took on a life of its own after that. Many had thought that Beethoven or Mozart had composed the melody before the truth came out, but no one knows what inspired Mohr to write the lyrics.
You can learn to play Silent Night with guitar chords, lyrics and a strumming trainer directly in the Uberchord app. This app listens to your guitar chords and gives you visual feedback in real-time in case you make a mistake.
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Key of the Song:
The original key of Silent Night is in G major.
Guitar Chords for Silent Night
A lot of Christmas carols are in G major and thus will have the same challenges to changing the chords. Most of the changes will depend on skillfully you use your 3rd finger to move between strings.
D and D7, as well as G and Em, should be the easiest changes to make as they share similar fingerings and aren’t that far away from each other to change to.
Silent Night – Lyrics with Chords
[Verse 1] G D D7 G Silent night, Holy night, All is calm all is bright C G C G Round yon virgin mother and child Holy infant so tender and mild D D7 G Em G D G Sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace. [Verse 2] G D D7 G Silent night, Holy night, Shepherds quake at the sight C G C G Glories stream from heaven afar Heavenly hosts sing Hallelujah D D7 G Em G D G Christ the Saviour is born, Christ the Saviour is born. [Verse 3] G D D7 G Silent night, Holy night, Son of God love's pure light C G C G Radiant beams from thy holy face With the dawn of redeeming grace D D7 G Em G D G Jesus lord at thy birth, Jesus lord at thy birth.