Learn “Deck the Halls” for Fingerstyle Ukulele


This easy fingerstyle ukulele arrangement of the holiday classic song “Deck The Halls” features many repeating parts and some common chords, but it has enough challenge in it make for a fun week or two practicing this piece.

Check out more from our Fingerstyle Songs For Beginners series here

The traditional lyrics of “Deck the Halls,” with their mention of boughs of holly and donning gay apparel, dates back to the 1860s. But the melody dates back even further, being taken from a traditional Welsh New Year’s Eve carol first published in 1794.

The chords used in this arrangement are F major, C major and G minor. There’s a tricky challenge in bar 9 as well. This is a great piece for beginners—just don’t forget to pay attention to those right-hand fingerings!


Happy holidays!

Mustafa Kamaliddin is a ukulele and guitar teacher specializing in fingerstyle playing. You can see more of his videos in his Ukulele Fingerstyle Basics Course and on his YouTube channel.

Deck the Halls ukulele fingerstyle music notation

Baby Songs and Lullabies for Beginning Ukulele lesson book from Ukulele Magazine

Kids love music! Even babies and toddlers respond favorably to simple songs. Baby Songs and Lullabies for Beginning Ukulele presents 14 timeless, easy-to-play-and-sing tunes that will enchant your little ones.

This complete guide offers the music, chords, tablature, and lyrics, as well as basic beginner tips on chords, notation, tab, and fingerings. An added bonus is instructional videos for each song, clearly demonstrated by noted musician and teacher Diane Nalini.