This familiar Christmas carol was originally arranged by Ukrainian composer, Mykola Leontovych, and was sung on New Year's Day. It is based on a Ukrainian folk melody which is an ostinato, which means repeating. The original Ukrainian lyrics of the song, then called Shchedryk, celebrated looking forward to the approaching spring. The tune became popular as a Christmas carol and renamed Carol of the Bells when Peter J. Wilhousky, a featured musician with Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra, wrote a set of English lyrics for the tune. The English lyrics reflect the sounds of ringing bells at Christmastime, rather than the original Ukrainian lyrics.
Learn how to play the notes of "Carol of the Bells Viola" on viola for free using our animated scrolling tablature for the easiest way to quickly learn the music. Enjoy playing along with 2 backing tracks which you can control with the track display. Use this tutorial with our tab to learn the song without having to read notes in sheet music.