Learn to Play the Christmas Classic "Joy to the World"
Around 1800, Lowell Mason, a Boston composer and music publisher, found Isaac Watts’s poem of “joy” and set it to music. Watts, superintendent of Boston’s schools, was a pioneer in music education.
This song uses the same key and strum pattern as “Jingle Bells.” The key represents the tonal center of the song. The first and last chords are often, but not always, the same as the key of the song. This is a classic three-chord song, with just G, C, and D7. “Joy to the World” is usually performed in grand classical style, but let’s play it campfire style, with a folky rhythm.
Excerpted from Christmas Songs for Beginning Guitar