Free Lead Sheets for America (My Country 'Tis of Thee), in keys for all instruments - and now with 3 keys for bass instruments and 2 for viola too! Free easy guitar tabs as well, in 2 keys! In addition, I have included a downloadable pdf of the "My Country 'Tis of Thee" lyrics, at the bottom of the page. (For an arranged piano version, see this 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.
Below is a graphic for bass clef instruments, and America in 3 keys:
And viola clef:
For guitar, I have written up this free sheet music with easy guitar tabs in two keys - 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:
Last of all, here's an easy-listening, "country boy"-sounding version of "America":