Found a Peanut is a funny song and a good sing-along in a public setting, and so easy for beginning guitarists to play with just two chords! Download this free beginner guitar song with standard notation and also guitar tabs.
This very familiar tune is actually the melody of "Oh, my darling, Oh, my darling, Oh, my darling Clementine..." beloved by generations of American kids. Found a Peanut is even easier, because each verse of the story uses the same new words over and over (see the bottom of the sheet music for the rest of the verses).
Two long, slow-changing chords makes this one of the easiest of easy guitar songs for kids just learning chords!
Download Found a Peanut free online guitar tabs
I have found this song to be more useable in the key of C for beginners. The top 3 strings seem easier for them at first, plus the baby C and G7 chords can be played as accompaniment, and that's just where they are as chord players in the first few weeks.
I like to use this song to practice transposing. With only two chords, it is easy to figure out the I and V chords of each new key. C and G, G and D, A and E... or use the 7ths if you like (C and G7, G and D7, A and E7).
One of my young students requested this as his "Okay, let's play something fun!" song every week for over a month, and we sometimes made it through every verse of Found a Peanut by switching from one key to another!
Here is a funny cartoon with slightly different words for the song:
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