Angels We Have Heard on High

Angels We Have Heard on High for piano, guitar, voice, and more!  Now with an easier-to-read Middle C piano version for first year students  - and another one with chord symbols too.

Lots of other arrangements too

Additionally, lead sheets in six keys, and three levels of piano arrangementsguitar tabs and chords in three keys, with all the Christmas carol lyrics!  Scroll down the page for the links to the free printable PDFs.

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Thumbs sit side-by-side, not sharing C

Though left hand thumb will be placed on Middle C (hopefully - not all students will cooperate!), the right hand thumb needs to be placed on D so as to be able to reach A when the melody gets to the "Gloria" section.

Eighth notes may pose a challenge

I have used eighth notes, which may be new to some of your students who wish to play this song.

I have found that saying "Tah, tee-tee-tee-tee" etc. works very well for an approximation of the rhythm.

Quarter notes = "Tah," dotted quarters are "Tah-ah", half-notes are "Tah-two", and the eighth notes are all "tee."

The whole notes are easy; they are "Tah-two-three-four." Students catch on to this way of counting very quickly.

Add chords for a duet

Here is the same arrangement, with chord symbols for piano teachers who can't resist playing a duet with your student!

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Piano solos for advancing students

Two early intermediate piano arrangements of this free Christmas sheetmusic using left hand solid chords and broken chords...

The first half of each arrangement is the same; the differences are in the chorus:

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This falls into the hand very easily.  And so does the version below, once students can play "broken chord stretch" (see the page "Mary Had a Little Lamb" if you're unsure what I mean).

A beautiful chorus

Now just look at the "Gloria" section of the next arrangement; though the chords may look complicated to your piano student, they follow a predictable pattern:

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Arrangements for guitar

Here's what the guitar tab sheets look like... shown is the key of A:

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For students who are able to play melodies across different strings with ease, these guitar arrangements (same arrangement, three different keys) will all be fun to play.

Lead sheets for other instruments

The lead sheet version of Angels We Have Heard on High features chord symbols so guitarists or pianists can play along -- or, so your fiddle/violin players can get some practice with chord backup!

I start my beginning fiddlers with single-string harmony backup, then gradually progress to 2-string long-bowing & chunking - of course, chunking doesn't suit this particular Christmas songs, at least in my opinion.

Here's what the lead sheets look like for Angels We Have Heard:

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When I was a young girl, I always got excited when this song came around, because I loved trying to sing harmony to the "Gloria" melody in the chorus.




The piano sheet music links:



Download new and improved Middle C arrangement for beginner piano



The same Middle C arrangement, but with chord symbols for duets



Download early intermediate arrangement of Angels We Have Heard on High



Download Angels We Have Heard on High with broken chords



The guitar tab links:



Guitar tabs for Angels We Have Heard on High in key of A



Tablature for Christmas music Angels We Have Heard on High in C



Angels We Have Heard on High guitar tabs in key of G



The lead sheets:



Download free Christmas lead sheet in the key of A -- perfect for violin!



Download lead sheet in the key of C



Download lead sheet in the key of D



Download lead sheet in the key of Eb



Download lead sheet in the key of F



Download lead sheet in the key of G, also a very nice key for this song for violin players








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Dana Thynes

Hi, I'm Dana!  (Say that like "Anna".)  I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com, and a newer site, SingTheBibleStory.com.

Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and have added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.

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