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Wonderful Christmas Time chords

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                Wonderful Christmastime - Paul McCartney
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Written by: Paul McCartney
Now a bonus track on disc 2 of the reissue of "McCartney II"

Tabbed by: maguri
Tuning: Standard

This may look difficult at first but it is worth the effort. Check out 
my demo recording of this tab here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/71jyp0ikbqbrx3f/PaulMcCartneyDemoWonderfulChristmastime.mp3

Here's my GuitarPro file of the song which includes the solo and the "Ding
dong" harmonies:
http://plus.ultimate-guitar.com/p/paul_mccartney/wonderful_christmas_time_tab_online.html#131119


capo: 2nd fret
play: A
key: B

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CHORDS

The tabs in PJVillanueva's excellent tab of this song reproduce the 
keyboard voicings perfectly: 
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/p/paul_mccartney/wonderful_christmas_time_tab.htm

But I found it hard to accompany myself singing this song and 
simultaneously playing the chords on the higher frets. If you have 
the same problem this might be a solution:

[Verse]S
         E-A-D-G-B-E
Amaj7    x-0-2-1-2-0
A6       x-0-4-2-2-2
E/A      x-0-2-1-0-0

"Ding dong" part #1 
         E-A-D-G-B-E
A7       x-0-2-0-2-x
A6       x-0-4-2-2-x
A        x-0-2-2-2-x
D6       x-x-0-4-3-2

[Chorus]/[Solo]
The chords in the chorus and in the solo are not easy to play. 
But it is possible to leave all the jazzy options aside and 
play them straight. If you want to hear the voicings of 
the original, however, here are some suggestions:

         E-A-D-G-B-E 
Bm7      x-2-4-2-3-2
E9       0-2-0-1-0-2
C#m7     x-4-6-4-5-4
F#m9     2-4-2-2-2-4
D        x-x-0-2-3-5
G(add9)  3-x-0-0-0-5
A        x-0-2-2-2-0
[Coda] 
Amaj7    x-0-7-6-5-4
Amaj13   x-0-6-6-7-7

or (easier) 
Amaj7    x-0-2-1-2-0
Amaj13   x-0-2-1-0-2

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[Intro]
  A      Amaj7     A     F#m/A      A      E/A       A       A  
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
e|--------4-------|--------5-------|--------7-------|--------9-------|
B|--------5-------|--------7-------|--------9-------|--------10------|
G|--------6-------|--------6-------|--------9-------|--------9-------|
D|--------7-------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
A|0---------------|0---------------|0---------------|0---------------|
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
     E9      F#m9    G(add9)          E9      F#m9    G(add9)
 Bm7     C#m7      D5      A       Bm7     C#m7      D5      A
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
e|2---2---4---4---|5---5---0-------|2---2---4---4---|5---5---0-------|
B|3---0---5---2---|3---0---2-------|3---0---5---2---|3---0---2-------|
G|2---1---4---2---|2---0---2-------|2---1---4---2---|2---0---2-------|
D|4---0---6---2---|0---0---2-------|4---0---6---2---|0---0---2-------|
A|2---2---4---4---|----x---0-------|2---2---4---4---|----x---0-------|
E|----0-------2---|----3-----------|----0-------2---|----3-----------|

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[Intro] (see above)
| A Amaj7 | A F#m/A | 
| A E/A | A A |
| Bm7 E9   C#m7 F#m9 | D G(add9) A   |
| Bm7 E9   C#m7 F#m9 | D G(add9) A   |


[Verse]
Amaj7
The mood is right 
A6
The spirits up 
E/A
We're here tonight 
A
And that's enough


[Chorus]
Bm7 E9   C#m7 F#m9
Simply   having 
  D         G(add9)  A
A wonderful Christmastime 
Bm7 E9   C#m7 F#m9
Simply   having 
  D         G(add9)  A
A wonderful Christmastime 


[Verse]
Amaj7
The party's on 
A6
The feeling's here 
E/A
That only comes 
A
This time of year


[Chorus]
Bm7 E9   C#m7 F#m9
Simply   having 
  D         G(add9)  A
A wonderful Christmastime 
Bm7 E9   C#m7 F#m9
Simply   having 
  D         G(add9)  A
A wonderful Christmastime 


[Middle 8]
A            Bm7      E        A
The choir of children sing their song 
A            Bm7    E    
(synth)

A7    A6    A     A/C#
Ding, dong, ding, dong 
A7    A6    A     D
Ding, dong, ding, uuuuuuuuuuuh 
D6      D     A
Uuuuuuuuuuuh   Duh duh  duh duh  duh duh duh


[Interlude]
| Amaj7 | A6 | E/A | A |
(electric guitar)


[Chorus]
Bm7 E9   C#m7 F#m9
Simply   having 
  D         G(add9)  A
A wonderful Christmastime 
Bm7 E9   C#m7 F#m9
Simply   having 
  D         G(add9)  A
A wonderful Christmastime 


[Verse]
Amaj7
The word is out 
A6
About the town 
E/A
So lift your glass 
A
And don't look down


[Chorus]
Bm7 E9   C#m7 F#m9
Simply   having 
  D         G(add9)  A
A wonderful Christmastime 


[Middle 8]
A            Bm7      E        A
The choir of children sing their song 
A              Bm7      E    
They practiced all year long 

A
 Ding, dong, ding, dong, 
                  E
Ding, dong, ding, dong, 
A
 Ding, dong, ding, dong, 
      E7
Ding, dong, ding, dong


[Verse]
Amaj7
The party's on 
A6
The spirits up 
E/A
We're here tonight 
A
And that's enough


[Chorus]
Bm7 E9   C#m7 F#m9
Simply   having 
  D         G(add9)  A
A wonderful Christmastime 
Bm7 E9   C#m7 F#m9
Simply   having 
  D         G(add9)  A
A wonderful Christmastime 


[Solo]
| Bm7 E9   C#m7 F#m9 |

| D G(add9) D G(add9) | 

| D G(add9) C#m7 F#m9 | C#m7 F#m9 |

| Bm7 E9   C#m7 F#m9 |

| D G(add9) A |


[Verse]
Amaj7
The mood is right 
A6
The spirits up 
E/A
We're here tonight 
A
And that's enough


[Chorus]
Bm7 E9   C#m7 F#m9
Simply   having 
  D         G(add9)  A
A wonderful Christmastime 
Bm7 E9   C#m7 F#m9
Simply   having 
  D         G(add9)  A
A wonderful Christmastime 
Bm7 E9   C#m7 F#m9
Simply   having 
  D         G(add9)  A
A wonderful Christmastime 


[Coda]
Amaj7  Bm/A  A  Bm/A
Oooooooooooooooh   
Amaj7  Bm/A  A  
Ooooooooooooooh 
    E        Amaj7     Amaj13
For Christmastime

            
            
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dan230993 2,786 Dec 19, 2013 09:35 AM

Really fun to play once you get the hang of it, cheers!

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maguri [tm] 32,615 Dec 19, 2013 09:38 AM, edited at 02:39 pm

I love it too! It looks complicated at first, but when you have figured out which fingers move and which stay, the chorus rolls on almost automatically ... Merry Christmas!

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timbo63 6,100 Nov 22, 2014 04:37 AM

Maguri, great job as usual! One request - could you fix the chord tags so it transposes? A few are missing (I fixed in my local version, but others who are vocally challenged will enjoy this!) If hit the bass and then pluck the chords (to simulate that sort of echo pattern) as you show at the beginning, this comes off very nice.

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