The Ash Grove, a Welsh Song from Long Ago
The Ash Grove, with bass clef, treble clef and viola clef lead sheets, as well as two easy Middle-C shared-hands melody versions for beginner piano students! And yes, a PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT for singers.
See the lead sheets and beginning piano versions below. The vocal music with piano accompaniment and the guitar tabs are farther down the page.
Please scroll down the page for the links to the free downloadable PDFs.
This hand arrangement works out perfectly - as a 10-finger song - as long as the right hand does not try to play Middle C (a definite temptation for your beginners).
Here is the same arrangement, using lettered keyboard music notes: This song will make a beautiful piano duet, if the secondo players follows the chord symbols above the lines of music (and .) knows how to use chords..
Now the lead sheets: The key of Bb seems particularly beautiful on the piano, to me...
And lead sheets for bass clef instruments (my cello!):
Let's have a look at the viola clef free lead sheets, page 1: Now... for the vocal and guitar sheets!
Ever since seeing Elizabeth Bennett singing the Ash Grove (in one of the BBC versions of Pride and Prejudice), I have loved this song. It is not very difficult, but it has a few features that make it one of those songs that teach vocalists how to sing better.
For example, on page 2, the second line has a bit of a rallentando, and the temptation is to drop the energy of the voice just when it needs to be carrying through, even surging, at "the joy of my heart..." Also, there are long phrases in the first half of the song, where beginning singers will want to take lots of breaths.
Don't let them! Teach them what "breathing for singing" means, by encouraging them to make their air last all the way to "meander," and again until after "rove."
I like to have songs available in several different keys, as I plan the singing for beginners whose range may be quite limited at first.
Here is a version with tablature for guitar:
The links for the Middle C shared-hands melody arrangement for beginner piano:
Print out "Down yonder green valley" for beginning piano
Ash Grove with note names in the music notes
The links for the lead sheet PDFs:
Download Welsh song lead sheet in A
Download Welsh song "Down yonder green valleys" in Bb
Download "Down yonder green valleys" lead in C
Download lead sheet for song "Down yonder green valleys" in D
Download "Down yonder green valleys" in the key of F lead sheet
Download Welsh song lead in the key of G
Links for the lead sheets in bass clef:
Download the Ash Grove for bass clef in D
Download the Ash Grove for bass clef in G
The links for the viola clef leads:
Download the Ash Grove viola clef lead sheet in D
Download the Ash Grove viola clef lead sheet in G
The links for the vocals with piano accompaniment:
Download free vocal sheet music The Ash Grove in the key of A
Download free piano and vocal sheet music in the key of F
Download free piano/vocal music in the key of G
And the link for the guitar tablature for this lovely song:
The Ash Grove for guitar, in the key of G
Here is a choir singing The Ash Grove in Welsh. Go here to see the Welsh lyrics and read comments for this video...
This is an old melody that continues to live -- I hope you and your students enjoy it!
More Folk & Traditional Songs
Ae Fond Kiss - not strictly a folk melody, but it is old - and very lovely!
Ash Grove - an elegant melody that sounds more classical than folk, the lyrics are old-fashioned and poignant
Cat Came Back (for early singers) - a fun and silly song that can be pared down to JUST 5 NOTES for kids who have trouble matching pitch, there is much repetition in the melody (good for finding pitches)
Colorado Trail - a genuine cowboy song, just one verse, surprisingly lovely
Down by the Salley Gardens - this pretty song from England is a setting for a poem by William Butler Yeats with a warning for those who wish to hurry love
Erie Canal - a vig orous minor melody that kids like, with lots of repeating phrases
Green Bushes - a fast, light, pretty melody that speaks of false-hearted love, and feels very "English" in both lyrics and chord progressions
Grenadier and the Lady - Number One with me! So beautiful, somewhat sad. Lots of opportunities for expressive singing
Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier - Lovely. Important for breath control and learning to mold a phrase
Lavender's Blue, a p retty song that is VERY simple to sing! Perfect for young girls just starting out. Many basics of singing can be taught with this easy song!
Loch Lomond, th e most famous song of all from Scotland. Still beautiful
Mari's Wedding - lots of energy in this Scottish tune, which sounds great with guitar and fiddle backup
The Minstrel Boy - though rather difficult with its long phrases & reaches, this Irish song about the love for one's country is very moving and beautiful. A great song for BOYS.
Molly Bawn - So sad, but so IRRESISTIBLE. Lovely and evocative, and requiring good air support, it is educational as well as being satisfying to the musical soul
Muss i denn or Abschied (Wooden Heart) - from Germany by way of Elvis, an adorable folk tune!
Once I Had a Sweetheart - another sad, pretty, and image-arousing song, once sung by Joan Baez
Parting Glass - There are many versions of this GREAT Irish melody. Download mine free, then check out others!
Scarborough Fair - an old favorite from England, still lovely
She Moved Through the Fair - a strange, shifting melody, with almost creepy lyrics that will haunt you
Shenandoah - So pretty, and genuinely American. Long phrases, good breath control practice
Skye Boat Song - a singable old Scottish song with a great tune about the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie after the Battle of Culloden
Spanish Ladies - a minor key sea chanty that swings energetically along - BOYS like singing it too!
The Spanish Lady - Upbeat and energetic, this song is fun to perform with a group
Star of the County Down - LOTS of fun to sing and play! An excellent ensemble piece
Waltzing Matilda - an unusually pretty melody from Australia; you know this one! Very popular with kids
The Water is Wide - a very pretty song about disappointed love. You might have sung this one in high school!
White, Orange and Green - though not widely known, this charming melody about fighting for the right to carry the flag of Ireland has stirring lyrics and soaring phrases. A favorite of my vocal & guitar students
The Adventures of Tonsta A perfect read aloud storybook for little boys or girls. The Adventures of Tonsta highlight the travels of a very young boy with a good heart, who goes about helping folk in trouble. With a red cap on his head and a sack of tools slung over his shoulder, Tonsta seems to meet people in distress wherever he goes. Lots of trolls in this book - including one who gives him a Christmas gift!
Available at Amazon
Free printable piano sheet music for solo or keyboard/ piano class Golden Wedding with a lovely minor melody. EASY duet & trio; harder solo!
Happy Birthday, with several NEW arrangements for piano solo & duet, and guitar tabs, some with a few lettered notes to make it easy for beginners.
Ode to Joy, now with advanced "BIG"-sounding arrangements, piano duets, "Joyful, joyful" lyrics, and multiple beginner and late beginner arrangements.
Just As I Am, without one plea, is an old beloved hymn. Check out two very easy arrangements for your piano students.
Education music resources: here is a list of my favorite materials, whether for piano, voice, guitar or violin student.
Viva la musica is a very old round for singing. Find it here for treble and bass voices and for guitar.
Zum Gali Gali lyrics and easy sheet music for piano, voice, guitar, and lead instruments.
Classical guitar sheet music from "Le Papillon" (The Butterfly) by Giuliani, now with guitar tablature - this classical piece is very EASY!
Sign up for "Take Note!" to see what's new every month.