Free Lead Sheets for America (My Country 'Tis of Thee), in keys for all instruments. Free easy guitar tabs, too, in two keys! In addition, I have included a downloadable pdf of the "My Country 'Tis of Thee" lyrics, at the bottom of the page.
This free sheet music arrangement only uses the three main chords, but a couple of secondary minor chords sound well in this song too.
Nice photos & videos, and children's voices singing "My Country 'Tis of Thee":
You will notice that in the last line suddenly the chords begin changing very quickly. Try them out and see how you like them - it will sound almost the same if you DON'T change chords so often, because these chords are really just the result of "passing tones" in the melody. Also, the key of Bb has two versions -- one low, and one high.
Download "My Country 'Tis of Thee" (America) lead sheet in A
Download America lead sheet in Bb low
Download America in Bb high
Download America in C
Download America in D
Download America in Eb
Download America in F
Download America in G
I have written up this free sheet music in two keys for guitar - the keys of C and of F. The key of F may seem like an unlikely one for beginner guitar, but actually the melody is very easy to flatpick in the key of F, and gives some good practice both in reading down on the D string, and in playing the F chord family. It's too easy for beginners to stay afraid of the F and Bb chord, too.
Another good reason to attempt these free lead sheets in F is that the melodic range of notes in America makes F a very easy key for most people, or at least for kids, to sing in. Try it with your student -- one of you playing chords while the other flatpicks (or plays classical style), then switch parts. (Your students who play for church services will eventually be forced to become very familiar with the F chord family - or else the capo!)
For group or classroom use, you may find this printable PDF of the free lead sheets lyrics handy to pass out:
Download America free lead sheets lyrics
Last of all, here's an easy-listening, "country boy"-sounding version of "America":
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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!
Carrie,Voice and Piano Teacher:
This site is FABULOUS. For all the reasons you explain on the site itself--this is exactly what piano teachers need! (I still need to go look at the vocal music). Wow. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Miggy, United Kingdom:
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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.
I am a "retiree" and brand new guitar student. I have used your guitar tabs for Shenandoah and Amazing Grace, and find it exciting to hear real music coming out of my guitar for the first time.
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!!
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