Heigh Ho, Nobody Home 
Round for Singing

Heigh Ho, Nobody Home (also known as Hey Ho, Nobody's Home) is easy, vigorous, and beautiful -- a good introduction to harmony by way of singing rounds for beginning singers. Here is free vocal sheet music and guitar tabs for the round in several keys. 


This is usually the first vocal round I give beginning voice students. It has an engaging minor tune, and a natural rhythm that suits the words and makes it easy to memorize. 


Heigh, Ho Round sheet music


Download Heigh Ho for vocalists in Am 

Download Hey Ho for singers in Dm 

Printable sheet music Hey Ho for singers in Em 

Free singing round in Fm 

Download Singing Round in Gm 


This piece is also usually my beginning voice students' first introduction to struggling for breath. I make them breathe it like this:

"Heigh, ho, nobody home" (breath)

"Meat, nor drink, nor money have I none" (BIG BREATH)

"Yet, I will be merry, very merry, Heigh, ho" (ANOTHER BIG BREATH)

"nobody home..." (breath)

The reason for such a long third phrase is because of the fast notes at the end of the sentence "very merry". I don't want any gasps, or late entrances on the return to the beginning with "Heigh, ho."

In this simple little singing round there is also an introduction to good articulation. I ask my students to OVER-emphasize the final consonants of "meat" and "drink," separating out the words a bit, but without taking a breath. Doing this gives a little "punch" to the rhythm, as well.

I pronounce "heigh" like the word "hi." Personal preference, probably because that's how I learned it as a child. Some people say "hay, ho." That's fine. And I have seen the round spelled other ways: "Hi, ho," and "Hey, ho." But I make sure my singers understand that "hi" is a dipthong - and that they are REALLY singing "Hah-(ee)"!

The tune is almost identical to "Rose, Rose, Rose, Rose, when will I see thee wed."

Now here is the guitar tab version for Heigh Ho, in 3 keys: 

Round Heigh Ho free sheet music


Download Hey Ho for guitar in Am 

Download Hey Ho for guitar in Dm 

Download Hey Ho for guitar in Em 


This is a fun song for guitar because it uses only two chords, back and forth and back and forth, like a practice routine, but with a great melody and rhythm.

Here is a goofy video made by a beginning clarinet player  & a friend playing Heigh Ho, Nobody Home.   At 33 seconds, it's worth a quick look! 









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