The Ash Grove, a Welsh Song from Long Ago

The Ash Grove, now with bass clef, treble clef and viola clef lead sheets, as well as two easy Middle-C shared-hands melody versions for beginner piano students!

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 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.) 


I wish that I could show you that excerpt from the movie, but instead, here is Laura Wright singing The Ash Grove:


See the new lead sheets and beginning piano versions below.  The vocal music with piano accompaniment and the guitar tabs are farther down the page!

Ash Grove Welsh song for beginning piano


Down yonder green valley sheet music


Print out "Down yonder green valley" for beginning piano 

This hand arrangement works out perfectly - a 10-finger song - as long as the right hand does not try to play Middle C (a definite temptation for your beginners).

Here is the same arrangement, using lettered keyboard music notes:

Ash Grove for learning musical notes


music note worksheet - real music!


Ash Grove with made-easy keyboard music notes

This song will make a beautiful piano duet, if you follow the chord symbols above the lines of music.

Now the lead sheets:

Lead sheet for the Welsh song


Lead sheet for the Welsh song


Download Welsh song "Down yonder green valleys" in the key of A

Download Welsh song "Down yonder green valleys" in the key of Bb

Download Welsh song "Down yonder green valleys" in the key of C

Download Welsh song "Down yonder green valleys" in the key of D

Download Welsh song "Down yonder green valleys" in the key of F

Download Welsh song "Down yonder green valleys" in the key of G

The key of Bb seems particularly beautiful on the piano, to me...

And lead sheets for bass clef instruments (my cello!):

Bass clef lead sheet for the Welsh folk tune  Ash Grove


Download the Ash Grove for bass clef in D

Download the Ash Grove for bass clef in G

Let's have a look at the viola clef free lead sheets, page 1:


Ash Grove for Viola, with viola clef sheet music, FREE!


Download the Ash Grove lead sheet in D

Download the Ash Grove lead sheet in G

Now... for the vocal and guitar sheets!

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." 

Ash Grove free sheet music


Free vocal sheet music The Ash Grove

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: 

Free guitar tabs for The Ash Grove


Guitar tablature for Ash Grove

The Ash Grove for guitar, in the key of G 

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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