Free Printable Sheet Music
Irish Wedding

Free printable sheet music for beginner piano students, Irish Wedding.

A simple and intuitive version for your first-year students is the latest addition to this collection of arrangements!

The best version for young beginners

Irish Wedding sheet music in Dm - easiest version

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I finally decided to make some changes, above, for my earliest beginners to make this piece just the way I like it, from the start, with three chords (Dm, C, and Am) instead of just two. 

Still with a few helper notes.

All 3 pages, the easiest-to-read version

You've seen page 1, above... here are pages 2 and 3:

At the bottom of page 2, I did not write the chords onto the bass staff, but leaving the chords over the melody as with page 1, my students had no problem figuring out what to do!

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Additional arrangement choices

The arrangement below is HARDER TO READ, but easier to play... there is no third chord (Am), and fewer chords, period.  But... it's not as compelling and fun as the arrangement above!

Irish folk song sheet music

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Learn the song more than once - it's that fun

With FOUR levels of difficulty, kids can learn Irish Wedding four times. It's worth it -- this piece is incredibly fun! It has something for everyone; beautiful broken chord patterns, and fast rhythmic chords on the strong beats.

The right hand moves from one "position" to another, so the new easiest version still requires some work. 

The arrangement of "Irish Wedding" played by this young man is very much like mine (but mine has more chord movement and a fancier ending, on the level 3 long version):

The key of Dm is easier

This easy arrangement of Irish Wedding is set in Dm position instead of Am.  These are familiar notes to first and second-year piano students.

I have also simplified the rhythmic emphasis and the hand-over-hand broken chord section.

Irish Wedding still retains its character, I think, but now younger students can play it sooner.  (There are also 2 easier versions - lead sheets actually - on the Note-Naming Worksheets / Piano Music with Letters page.)

Free Irish Wedding song

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A twisty melody in 3/4 time is hard at first

The hardest thing about Irish Wedding is learning the melody's rhythm in the opening bars.

Music with 3 beats per measure is harder for most students than Common Time, 4/4.  Writing the music in 3/4 time instead of 6/8 (which is what it feels like when it gets going fast) makes it much easier for beginners to conquer. 

Two even easier versions, each just one page, can be found on my "Note-Naming Worksheets" page (also called "Piano Music with Letters").  

They actually look more like lead sheets, with no bass clef - just chord symbols.  One sheet has all alpha notes, and the other has just a few.

A harder arrangement, in Am

Free printable sheet music for beginner piano
Free printable piano sheet music for beginners

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An easy way to count this piece

I like to have younger students count by the method called "unit counting", at least initially.  

Thus, the beginning of Irish Wedding goes "1, 1, 1-2, 1, 1-2, 1, 1-2, 1, 1, 1, 1..." (I hope that makes sense!)  Students count it aloud. Sometimes I will have them learn just the right hand the first week, and we'll play it like a duet.

Gradually, they will be moving into what I call "band counting."  

That's the way the band director counts, "One-two-three-four, One-two-three-four," so that the band can stay together.

The hardest version needs an octave reach

Now, version three of Irish Wedding cannot be played until a student can reach an octave, and not just reach an octave, but stretch to play a chord-plus-a-fourth with a bit of speed (a-c-e-a).

It is a real milestone to be able to play that stretched chord, and it's not very easy.

Before I give a student page 2 of the hard version, I assign them the stretched broken chord pattern as an exercise (you can see an example of that on the page Mary Had a Little Lamb). 

Irish Wedding for beginner piano
Piano sheet music for Irish Wedding

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After that part is learned, the repeat takes you back to the beginning, but up an octave for just 8 measures.

This page, page 1, sounds exactly like ALL of version 1 of the "easy-to-read" arrangement of Irish Wedding, -- it just looks faster because it is written in 6/8 time.

On page 2, skip through the 1st ending and go right into the left hand octave jumps. Hard for many kids at first, but very fun.

A beautiful & spectacular ending 

The last line is perhaps the trickiest part. 

The right hand goes far to the right, and the left hand far to the left -- simultaneously!

The best way I have found to teach this section is to insist kids play the right hand with their eyes closed, practicing the runs in short, fast bursts, to nail down the fingering. Then they can swoop left with their eyes on the left hand chords.

I know your students will enjoy this free printable sheet music! 




The links for the piano music:



The easiest version to read, page 1, with three chords, in Dm



Download the easiest version to read with all 3 pages



Download Irish Wedding, easiest version to play  (but harder to read) in Dm 



Download the same Dm arrangement, but with a few helper notes



Download Irish Wedding in Am, written as 3 beats per measure 



Download free printable sheet music Irish Wedding in 6/8 time, long version in Am



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