"Blue Christmas" in Key of C: How to Change the Key & Keep the Correct Chords
Lesson #465 • Dec 22, 2022
Hey there, friends! Today we’re looking at Blue Christmas, the classic holiday tune made famous by Elvis Presley. While Elvis plays this in the key of E major (mostly using E, A, and B7) — I want to show you the process of transcribing it to the Key of C. This allows me to play the song using entirely different chords — which is what I want, as my goal is to play along with a neighbor who learned it on the ukulele in the Key of C.
This process requires a few bits of music theory knowledge: the chords in each key, how chord progressions work, and we’ll even need to navigate around a tricky diminished chord. But fear not, I’ll walk you through everything!
- 0:00 Summary
- 1:58 Song Overview (Key of E)
- 4:03 Chords in Each Key
- 8:16 Determining the Chord Progression
- 18:20 Song Overview (Key of C)
- 33:50 Playthrough (Key of C)
- 35:09 Bonus: Vocal Melody Tab
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