My first memory of The Ash Grove is hearing the beautiful Elizabeth Bennett sing (in the BBC's version of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (BBC, 1980) and accompany herself on the pianoforte as an aloof Mr. Darcy slowly circles the room, really seeing her for the first time. (It is hard to choose, but this may be my favorite of all the Jane Austen movies. It has a very good-humored feeling about it.)
Here is Laura Wright singing The Ash Grove:
Ever since seeing Elizabeth Bennett singing the Ash Grove, I have loved this song. It is not very difficult, but it has a few features that make it one of those songs that teach vocalists how to sing better.
For example, on page 2, the second line has a bit of a rallentando, and the temptation is to drop the energy of the voice just when it needs to be carrying through, even surging, at "the joy of my heart..." Also, there are long phrases in the first half of the song, where beginning singers will want to take lots of breaths. Don't let them! Teach them what "breathing for singing" means, by encouraging them to make their air last all the way to "meander," and again until after "rove."
Download free vocal sheet music The Ash Grove in the key of A
Download free vocal music in the key of G
Download free sheet music in the key of F
I like to have songs available in several different keys, as I plan the singing for beginners whose range may be quite limited at first.
Here is a version with tablature for guitar:
Here is a choir singing The Ash Grove in Welsh. Go here to see the Welsh lyrics and read comments for this video...
This is an old melody that continues to live -- I hope you and your students enjoy it!
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What a lovely, generous site! Many thanks from a fellow singer and music teacher in New York State. Loved the inclusion of the video for "The Ash Grove," a song I just recommended to an adult voice student today. I was pleased to be able to send her the link to not only the sheet music, but a charming performance of the song as well.
Thank you! THANK YOU!!! For keeping the beautiful art of Opera alive! I stumbled upon this site and I'm so happy I did!
Thanks, Dana, for your excellent customer service.
Useful Sites for Vocalists
Cantorian.org, home to free classical sheetmusic
ChoralWiki, Home of the Choral Public Domain Library
International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) Petrucci Music Library
Musicnotes.com - transpose vocal sheets up or down!
Note-Perfect.com, Resources for Choral Singers and Soloists - hear your part!
Singwise.com - Technical singing advice
You are awesome. Thank you. I'm a voice and piano teacher and to have so many pieces in one place- for many different levels- is a Godsend. Thank you for the time and effort you have put in to make this so easily available to all of us stressed music teachers!!!
... I watched your video "Wondrous Love" with your eight gals - Magnificent! So refreshing to see good harmonies sung a capella these days; it seems to be rare!
Thank you thank you thank you!! I have recently started my own vocal studio, and though I have studied music education for years in college, a private studio is a daunting task for me. Your site has made everything seem so simple and straightforward and has helped me to really get started. It is so comprehensive and well put together. Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge so that music can be shared everywhere. :)
Good for you! Yes, I know just what you mean. Every new endeavor requires a little bit of chutzpah -- not to say just brazening it out a bit, because you just can't be an expert at anything until you've done it for a while. All of us teachers have to learn how to teach... and you have to start somewhere.
Thank you for your wonderful website. I also teach piano, voice and guitar - spooky! My absolute passion is opera, and have opened many a singing student's ear to the beautiful melodies and voices in the repertoire. Thank you for the wonderful warmups which I have downloaded, and will be using at the earliest opportunity - I will let you know how they go! Looking forward to more warmup ideas, too.