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.
Additionally, lead sheets in six keys, and three levels of piano arrangements, guitar tabs and chords in three keys, with all the Christmas carol lyrics! Scroll down the page for the links to the free printable PDFs.
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.
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.
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:
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).
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:
Here's what the guitar tab sheets look like... shown is the key of A:
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.
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:
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:
The guitar tab links:
The lead sheets:
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I've been teaching guitar for about 5 years now, and I've only just found your website! (I could really have used it 5 years ago) :-) I teach at primary schools every week day for about 4 hours, so the beginner tabs you have are ideal. Thank you so much for your hard work getting these on the web, you have made many children very happy!!