How to play Jingle Bells on Saxophone

On this page, we'll be learning how to play Jingle Bells on Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone or Soprano Saxophone!

Originally published in 1857 under the title "One Horse Open Sleigh", Jingle Bells is now more than 150 years old but remains one of the most popular songs in the English language. Its long history ranges from an 1889 wax cylinder recording (which may count as the first Christmas record ever made) to a surprise performance by the astronauts of the Gemini 6 mission, who performed it for Mission Control as a prank using a smuggled harmonica and sleigh bells.

Surprisingly, Jingle Bells originally had no association with Christmas, and may have been written to be performed by a Sunday school choir – or even as a drinking song. The original version had a different chorus melody and included several other verses which are now rarely performed. The song has inspired countless parodies including "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells", which dates back to the 1960s, and the Australian version "Aussie Jingle Bells" ("Dashing through the bush, in a rusty Holden ute...")

Fingering

These are the keys on your saxophone you'll be using to play this song:

Saxophone fingering diagram

Watch the Tutorial

Ready? Watch our free saxophone tutorial for Jingle Bells below!

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