Free lead piano sheet "Sweet Betsy from Pike" in the key of C. This old-time American ballad seems to remain a favorite with young children; here is a version with many verses!
I loved singing Sweet Betsy from Pike as a girl. There are other versions with slight differences in the melody, and lots of different lyrics. Here's one version I hope you will enjoy from the 2nd South Carolina String Band:
In the key of C, here is the free lead piano sheet Sweet Betsy from Pike:
This particular melody is beyond all but the most dedicated beginner to master with the right hand alone, so by the time your student is ready for adapting this song, they should have mastered several kinds of left-hand chord patterns. With this free lead piano sheet in 3 beats a measure, the "Oom-pah-pah" or split chord approach works well.
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