Take Me Out to the Ballgame is not only a well-loved, almost-traditional song, but it is fun to sing and fun to play. Download the song sheetmusic with song lyrics, FREE! Here is a Middle-C version for beginner piano students, and a duet version.
Everybody seems to know this song, even if they never attend baseball games. Your students will surely have heard it, and probably can even sing the Take Me Out to the Ball Game song lyrics. It makes a good piano duet with "Oom-pah-pah" style bass and chords. Here it is, in the key of C; it's just like the version above, but set higher:
Though this song is arranged for beginners, I can't promise you that this version in C is super easy, because Take Me Out to the Ballgame is full of skips (3rds and 4ths) and perhaps, unfamiliar higher notes.
Now what if you wanted to arrange your own simple chord accompaniment for, say, the easier version in Middle C position of Take Me Out to the Ballgame? If you don't know how, I will show you how to do that!
Now, I could have written out a Secondo part for the Middle C arrangement and dressed it up a bit, but it's nice for piano teachers to understand how to turn anything into a piano duet. Now go show your students.
It's a lot like teaching a man to fish, versus giving him a fish! "Give a man a fish and you'll feed him for a day. Teach him HOW to fish, and you'll feed him for a lifetime." Just like the fisherman, YOU can teach your students how to make chord backups to duet and other melodies!
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