Beginner Keyboard Music Sheets
The Water is Wide

Beginner keyboard music sheets as beautiful as The Water is Wide will win your piano students over with storybook lyrics and a lovely melody.

Download this free sheet music to print out, three different versions!

Beginner keyboard music sheets The Water is Wide

Students enjoy easy sightreading music, pieces with which they are almost instantly successful, especially when they are as pretty as The Water is Wide.

But I don't use beginner keyboard music sheets like this song merely for sightreading or supplemental purposes. 

Charlotte Church sings the pretty rendition below:


Once students are familiar with the melody, we turn it into a duet by adding chords - or at least, chord SYMBOLS to work with:

The Water is Wide easy piano

I encourage students to play chords with both hands, starting simply, with perhaps one chord per measure, then two chords, and eventually (maybe even the first week) broken chords. See the examples below. 

Chord pattern suggestions for The Water is Wide

One of the things I love about this song is that it uses (in this arrangement) every one of the 6 chords that belong in the key of C. 

C, Dm, Em, F, G, Am...they are all here. What good practice for budding pianists!

The Gsus (G suspended) chord in these beginner keyboard music sheets is usually something new for them. 

I explain that a suspension is when the middle note of the chord is "hidden" for a few beats in such a way that we wait expectantly (musically speaking) to hear what it will be.

The suspended chord creates a feeling of waiting, waiting... until finally we hear the note we have been longing for -- the resolution into the regular, usual chord.  It's so pretty!  

Essentially, the "b" in the middle of the G chord is replaced by a "c."

Then we lose the "c" at the beginning of the next measure with the resolution into the "b" note.  It has the feeling of a sigh, released.

I have suggested a G7 chord in a couple of places in one or two of the beginner keyboard music sheets, but a plain G chord is just fine.

Here is an easy-counting version, for younger students who are flustered by the eighth notes. 

Easy piano song The Water is Wide

One thing to watch out for when teaching the melody: the quarter rests are almost invisible to the typical student eye, and many students will look right past them!

So I often hand students a red pen and say,

"There are 8 rests hiding in this song. Can you find them?"

They always can, when I put it that way! Then they quickly circle the rests, and we play through the song singing like this:

"One-two-three-four, REST! The wa-ter is wide, two-three-four, REST! I can-not get o'er, two-three-four, REST!" You get the idea. I have found this to be very effective in this song.

I own two great folk song books that include this song, except the name given in the books is "O Waly, Waly."

Both books, Folk Songs of England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales, and One Hundred English Folksongs, have 8 verses of lyrics, of which 3 verses are almost identical to the lyrics I have used here.

I also have lead sheets of The Water is Wide in several keys (more suitable for singing than the key of C for this song) that you can play on piano or guitar.

Enjoy this song!  I'll bet your students will.





The links to the PDF downloads:


Download free kids sheet music The Water is Wide, in Middle C position, with shared-hands melody


Download The Water is Wide for beginner piano with chord symbols


The Water is Wide Doubled Timing free sheet music to print 








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Just the Black Keys, a piano song book for young beginners.

Just the Black Keys

This book is available as a digital download  from this site, and also from Amazon as a paperback!

This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.

And when they start reading white-key notes on the staff, this is a fun easy resource to say each week, "Choose a new black-key song at home this week and figure it out to show me next lesson!"  They will be spending more time at the piano.

The Adventures of Tonsta, Volume 1, is a book about a young boy travelling over mountains and fjords from village to village, encountering trolls and helping folk in distress.

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.

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