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.

Ash Grove Welsh song for beginning piano
Down yonder green valley sheet music

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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!

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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 "The Ash Grove"
Lead sheet for the Welsh song "The Ash Grove", treble clef

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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Here is a choir singing The Ash Grove in Welsh.  Go here to see the Welsh lyrics and read comments for this video...



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 



This is an old melody that continues to live -- I hope you and your students enjoy it! 


More Folk Songs to Sing:


Ae Fond Kiss - a love song about saying goodbye, from Scotland


All the Pretty Little Horses - a soft and repetitious lullaby, quite pretty


Ash Grove - a famous and lovely song from Wales


Auld Lang Syne - the New Year's Eve song!


Colorado Trail Song - an American tune written by a real cowboy


Come By the Hills - another popular Irish melody


Down By the Salley Gardens - a famous and pretty song, very sweet 


Green Bushes - a brisk little song that is pretty while being good for breath control training


Grenadier and the Lady - my favorite folk song of all.  Find out why


I Gave My Love a Cherry - the "Riddle Song" is very pretty


Johnny Has Gone For a Soldier - very beautiful, very moving, and a chance for your young singer to learn how to let her voice soar


Keegan's Waltz - this is a traditional Gaelic tune, but the lyrics are very new, supplied by a visitor to this site!


Lavender's Blue - this simple song is not only satisfying for beginning pianists, but also young singers who need to focus on basics.  With a lovely piano accompaniment.


Loch Lomond - the famous and sad song about never meeting again


Mari's Wedding - a singable tune with bouncy chords that is fun to play or sing


Minstrel Boy - a lovely and patriotic song about a warrior-poet


Molly Bawn - a sad story of a young hunter who thought he was shooting at a swan


Morning Has Broken - a beautiful melody made famous again by Cat Stevens


Once I Had a Sweetheart - "but now I have none!" Very pretty, and little-known.


Parting Glass - a well-known Irish tune which my singers always love


Raggle-Taggle Gypsies - a story about a young bride who abandons her wealthy new husband to go off with the gypsies. A catchy melody!


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The Spanish Lady - Upbeat and energetic, this Irish song is fun to perform with a group


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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!


The Wellerman - a sea chanty that is very singable, and very fun!


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.  I never get tired of this song. 







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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.

You can find out more about me and the reason for this website at my About Me page.