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Feliz Navidad

A Christmas song written in 1970 by the Puerto Rican singer-songwriter José Feliciano.

Published: 01 Oct 2011 Updated: 09 Dec 2021Visits: 154Code: UL509

Topic: Holiday ukulele leadsheet ANY Subjects: Repertoire Arrangement Latin Holiday

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Feliz Navidad

Feliz Navidad is a Christmas song written in 1970 by the Puerto Rican singer-songwriter José Feliciano. With its simple Spanish chorus (the traditional Christmas/New Year greeting, "Feliz Navidad, próspero año y felicidad" meaning "Merry Christmas, a prosperous year and happiness") and equally simple English verse "I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart", it has become a classic Christmas pop song in the United States, throughout the Spanish-speaking world and internationally.

A young really young José Feliciano

Feliciano's version of Feliz Navidad (in which he plays both an acoustic guitar and a Puerto Rican Cuatro) is one of the most downloaded and aired Christmas songs in the United States and Canada. The album drummer was Paulinho Magalhaes. The addition of the horns as a final touch was the idea of producer Rick Jarrard. It was also recognized by ASCAP as one of the top 25 most played and recorded Christmas songs around the world.

Feliz Navidad is in the The Daily Ukulele 365 Songs for Better Living book.

Feliz Navidad is one of my favorite songs to play and perform. I can't wait until the Christmas season starts play it. I start playing it earlier and earlier every year. — Curt

Video recorded around 2013, and I tweak and play it different every ear. Some of what I change I get back into the PDF file. With every one of my arrangements, I say, use it as a starting point and make it your own.

Performance Notes

Feliz Navidad is pretty much a full diatonic song with the chords coming right out of the major scale of the song. The first three chords are a II, V, I in D major.

This is one of the songs I like playing the most. Too bad it's a Christmas song and I can only play it a few months at the end of the year - and I stretch it out a few weeks on either side.

Introduction

For the introduction in the video I simple took the ending and used it as an intro. Totally forgot I did that until I viewed the video again. Checkout the series on Create Introductions and Endings .

I play the second ending several different ways depending on where my ear is taking me at the time. Here are the various ways I do it.

Triads

Triads

Octaves

Octaves

Don't think of my arrangement as set in stone. I take rhythmic and melodic liberties as well while staying close to the original melody. Make it your own.

Additional Resources

Checkout the Downloads and Assets section of the this page for additional links and resources for this song. I love working on and playing this song end of every year.

Chords for Feliz Navidad

Teh following voicings can be used for playing a background accompaniment to the songs will someone if either singing or playing the melody.

Here some chords for Feliz Navidad to get you started and links to lessons for those chords.

This example of Feliz Navidad is in the key is D Major . And, pretty much all the chords come right out of the key of D.

Em/Em7

Em/Em7 is the II chord in the D Major and the first chord in the song. As Feliz Navidad uses a richer 4-part harmony so Em7 is the original chord used by José Feliciano. José Feliciano is quite the accomplished guitarist and used these more contemporary chords.

A7

A7 is the V , the dominant chord in the D Major . As Feliz Navidad uses a richer 4-part harmony so Em7 is the original chord used by José Feliciano. José Feliciano is quite the accomplished guitarist and used these more contemporary chords.

  • A7 • A7 was featured a couple of times . Once as the Chord a Day, January 14th - A7 and the Chord a Day, March 7th - A7 . In Feliz Navidad I use three different voicings of At in the melody and chord arrangement.
  • A7 & A7 is a 4-part chords and a 7th chord is one of the core chords from the The Big Six Core Chords - Level One . In fact the 7th chord, the F7 is the foundation for building all the core 4-part chords. If all else fails and you can;t remember a chord you can always go back to F7 create the chord and transpose it to the correct key.

Dmaj7

Dmaj7 is the I , the tonic chord in the D Major . As Feliz Navidad uses a richer 4-part harmony so Em7 is the original chord used by José Feliciano. José Feliciano is quite the accomplished guitarist and used these more contemporary chords.

  • Dmaj7 & Dmaj7 is a 4-part chords and a maj7 chord is one of the core chords from the The Big Six Core Chords - Level One . In fact the 7th chord, the F7 is the foundation for building all the core 4-part chords. If all else fails and you can;t remember a chord you can always go back to F7 create the chord and transpose it to the correct key.

There are a few other chords that are used in this song and going through the lessons in the series and lessons for the above chords will help in figuring out what chords and voicings are used in the arrangement.

Main Song Download(s)

The main downloads for this Song.

Feliz Navidad, Solo Ukulele Arrangement - Key of D

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

Solo ukulele arrangement of this holiday classic in the key of D.

Videos

Related Videos for Feliz Navidad.

Feliz Navidad

Feliz Navidad is a Christmas song written in 1970 by the Puerto Rican singer-songwriter José Feliciano. With its simple Spanish chorus (the traditional Christmas/New Year greeting, "Feliz Navidad, próspero año y felicidad" or "Merry Christmas, prosperous year and happiness") and equally simple English verse ("I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart"), it has become a classic Christmas pop song in the United States, Canada and throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

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Core Chords - The Big Six - Building a Solid Chord Foundation

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Introductions are a composed or improvised pieces of music that introduce - sets the stage for - a song or composition.

Related Song Files, Resources and Assets

Related Assets for Feliz Navidad.

Feliz Navidad - Chord Lead Sheet

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

Chord lead sheet using basic chords. Suitable for any instrument. My favorite to play and perform over the holidays. I start playing it earlier and earlier every year.

Feliz Navidad, Solo Ukulele Arrangement - Key of D

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

Solo ukulele arrangement of this holiday classic in the key of D.

Feliz Navidad - D, Lead Sheet

Updated: 08 Dec 2017

Lead Sheet created for the Philadelphia Mainline Ukulele Group. A slightly challenging arrangement created to push the players out of their comfort zone, learn some new chords and develop some new chops.

QuickStart Progressions Blues Track 2 - 12-8, Play-long Track

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Am Blues play-along track for exploring the Blues scale from the QuickStart Scale and Arpeggio series of books. This is a standard 12 bar blues progression in the key of Am using Am, Dm, Fmaj7 and E7.

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