Twinkle Twinkle Little Star music for guitar and violin, now with a NEW super-easy sheet for violin beginners! Is this necessary, when students should learn Twinkle by ear? Well, it can help A LOT.
Download free printable violin music for beginners, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, with violin finger numbers and note names
Especially with young students whose ears may fool them when they are at home (yes, there are those students who don't play easily by ear - they tend to be the same ones who don't notice they are singing off-pitch), this sheet serves as a useful guide!
In addition, there are four Twinkle versions of sheet music and guitar tabs with not just the melody, but also easy duet parts for your brand-new beginners.
Here is the basic melody, with guitar tabs and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star chords. Think this is easy for a beginner guitar player? Well, for some students, it will be immediately intuitive. But for some others, you should hold off until you see if they can read simple open strings on guitar tab:
Do your beginner students know what the letter names over the treble clef music are for? I take care to point these out and see if they can guess that these are chord symbols, not note names. (What's confusing for beginners is that often a chord symbol is placed over a note with the same name, as does occur several times in the Twinkle Twinkle song, over an "A" note.)
Now here is a version with a super-easy all open strings harmony for your beginner guitar student! Twinkle Twinkle Little Star lyrics, chords, and notes and duet tabs:
This easy teacher/student guitar duet has a satisfying sound - if students use their thumb instead of a pick to play it, the result is a classical guitar sound! And using the thumb offers a good opportunity to teach them the REST STROKE, where the thumb or finger presses through to the next string, stopping the motion by coming to rest on that string. It gives a feeling of control to beginners.
Here is the VERY SAME DUET, but with a line of guitar tablature for the melody, as well, since one of my students couldn't restrain himself from trying to turn the open string harmony part into the melody! I realized that the music wasn't clear enough:
And lastly, a violin duet, which will be doable even for non-readers. Instead of having the main melody on top, the harmony part is on the top staff. The staccato indicates that the notes are to be played pizzicato...
I recently wrote this open string duet part for a new student. She happens to play piano as well, so she can read the notes, but even if she couldn't, it wouldn't be hard for her to differentiate the 3 notes used (A, D, and E). Initially, she played it pizzicato (plucking the strings instead of bowing), but she is now bowing the open strings. Simple though the little duet may be, it is still satisfying to be making music together.
Here's the Twinkle Twinkle song in a video by "Super Simple Songs":
Do you have a story or a question about teaching guitar? Do you think it is a hard instrument for beginners, or easy? What have been your challenges?
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