Folk sheet music Hava Nagilah is a beautiful minor-sounding Hebrew song. This free arrangement for early intermediate piano students is charged with energy, partly because of the fast left-hand split chords, but mainly because the song is inherently full of musical tension.
Not actually in a minor key, but with an alluring tonality due to the lowered second plus the raised third, Hava Nagila has an irresistable tune and Hebrew words. Listen to this audio from Youtube: This is SO EXCITING! Even without moving video... the men's voices are very stirring!
Here are the two pages of Hava Nagila:
Download folk sheet music Hava Nagila
This folk sheet music arrangement is for early intermediate piano students, who are comfortable coordinating fast-moving chord patterns in the left hand with a bit of syncopated rhythm in the right hand, crossing under and over, and picking up the hands and moving them to a new place on the piano.
These elements happen separately early on in piano method books, but not usually together until (in FJH's Piano Adventures series, at any rate) late level 2B or early 3A. Therefore, gauge the enthusiasm of your student for this song carefully before pressing it on them! With all that said, this is likely to be a very popular piece, especially with young boys who like to play fast and loud.
The 3-2-1 finger substitution that begins in measure 25 is fun to do and a good introduction to this skill, which helps control the speed of the notes. But ignore the fingering, if your student fights it. Attitude is everything - make it a challenge, not a chore!
Here is a very polished rendition of Hava Nagilah, quite traditional:
For information on Who wrote Hava Nagilah as it is known in its present form, check out this page at RadioHazak.com.
And one more video, a live performance of showy orchestra players and violinist Andre Rieu:
I know your students will enjoy this lively free piano sheet music!
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Thank you for the free downloads! I'm a private teacher and I teach piano and beginner voice as well. :) I've been running my studio for about a year and I've come across the same issue; I don't want my students to have to purchase an entire supplemental book for only a couple of songs. So thank you for this site...some great downloads!!
I recently purchased your arrangement of The Moldau (a longtime favorite of mine). I wasn't sure if any of my students would be interested in it, but to my amazement 3 of my students LOVE it. Thank you so much for making your great arrangement.
Miggy, United Kingdom:
I've just found your website and I think I've died and gone to heaven. I've just taken up the piano again after 35 years absence... buying sheet music was getting expensive/a luxury. The tips are great too. I also live in the middle of nowhere so buying from a shop is not really an option unless I fancy a 120 mile round trip for a piece of sheet music!
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EyeEarRevolution (a blog)
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Piano Music for Boys (Teach Piano Today)
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Kim in Washington:
My son is hooked...I've been introducing piano to my son on and off for a year or so, but he's not had much interest. Then I gave him "Monsters Everywhere". He loved playing it with the organ sound on our piano. He memorized it that week and I'm printing off the other Halloween songs to keep him going. I love the detailed instructions on teaching since he is my first student! Thanks so much.
That is so neat that your son has experienced the magic and mystery of music through this little song. That is so exciting to me. Thanks for writing, Kim!
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