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What Makes a Christmas Song?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by BassFishingInAmerica, Dec 9, 2017.

  1. BassFishingInAmerica


    Jul 24, 2014
    Here are 2 videos, with varying opinions, about what makes a Christmas song. The second video is more like a rebuttal to the first. Just some interesting views on music theory.

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  2. csc2048b


    Apr 4, 2010

  3. Maryvillebass

    Maryvillebass Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2015
    Maryville, TN
    Sleigh bells?
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  4. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Jack had it all figured out.....
  5. jonathanhughes

    jonathanhughes Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
    What makes a christmas song? Sleigh bells. Put them in any song, and it pretty much becomes a christmas song.
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  6. jonathanhughes

    jonathanhughes Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
    Dang! Maryvillebass beat me to it!
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  7. Kro

    Kro Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    Absolutely. Works for Festivus songs as well. ;)

  8. BassFishingInAmerica


    Jul 24, 2014
    I think the guy in the second video nails it with his end statement. The first video, claiming that there is some magic chord progression, is just blowing smoke.
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  9. zackattack

    zackattack Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2006
    San Francisco
    I’m +1 on sleigh bells. I’d also like to add a choir to the mix.

    Or pretty much anything you find here
  10. BassAndReeds


    Oct 7, 2016
    Dont forget the 8th note triplet feel!

    1/8th triplets + 7th chords + sleigh bells = Christmas.
  11. BassAndReeds


    Oct 7, 2016
    6 geese a laying.

    5 golden records.

    I troll myself.
  12. Yes, more than any other single factor.

    My lead singer shook these and turned every song on our playlist into a Winter Holiday song at our Holiday Party on December 15th.


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