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Feliz Navidad

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

PUBLISHED: Oct 1, 2011 • UPDATED: Oct 23, 2019 • LESSON CODE: UL509 • VISITS: 48

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Little José Feliciano 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.

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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.

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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.

Check out my solo ukulele melody and chord arrangement. It's 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.

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.

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

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Feliz Navidad, Solo Ukulele Arrangement - Key of D
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

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

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Feliz Navidad - Chord Lead Sheet
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Chord lead sheet using basic chords. Suitable for any instrument.

Feliz Navidad, Solo Ukulele Arrangement - Key of D
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

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

Feliz Navidad - D, Lead Sheet
Updated: Dec 8, 2017

Lead Sheet created for the Philadelphia Mainline Ukulele Group December 2017 Steel City Cafe, Pheonixville, PA USA event. A slightly challenging arrangement created to push the players out of their comfort zone, learn some new chords and develop some new chops.


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QuickStart Progressions Blues Track 2 - 12-8, Play-long Track
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

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.

QuickStart Progressions Blues Track 4 - Rock
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Rock play-along track for exploring the Blues scale from the QuickStart Scale and Arpeggio series of books.

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Solo Ukulele - Creating Melody and Chord Arrangements
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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" 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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