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!

Ash Grove Welsh song for beginning piano

Down yonder green valley sheet music

Print out "Down yonder green valley" for beginning piano 


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:

Ash Grove for learning musical notes


music note worksheet - real music!


Ash Grove with made-easy 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:

Lead sheet for the Welsh song

Lead sheet for the Welsh song

Download Welsh song in A

Download Welsh song "Down yonder green valleys" in Bb

Download "Down yonder green valleys" in C

Download song "Down yonder green valleys" in D

Download "Down yonder green valleys" in the key of F

Download Welsh song in the key of G


The key of Bb seems particularly beautiful on the piano, to me...


And lead sheets for bass clef instruments (my cello!):

Bass clef lead sheet for the Welsh folk tune  Ash Grove


Download the Ash Grove for bass clef in D

Download the Ash Grove for bass clef in G

Let's have a look at the viola clef free lead sheets, page 1:


Ash Grove for Viola, with viola clef sheet music, FREE!


Download the Ash Grove lead sheet in D

Download the Ash Grove lead sheet in G


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." 

Ash Grove free sheet music


Free vocal sheet music The Ash Grove

Download free vocal sheet music The Ash Grove in the key of A

Download free vocal music in the key of G 

Download free sheet music in the key of F 


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: 

Free guitar tabs for The Ash Grove


Guitar tablature for Ash Grove

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! 

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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 about trying to hurry love

Erie Canal - a vigorous 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 pretty song that is VERY simple to sing!  Perfect for young girls.

Loch Lomond, the 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, this Irish song about the love for one's country is very moving and beautiful

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.




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