Happy Birthday Guitar Tabs, Piano Sheet Music, & Lead Sheets

Happy Birthday, with two new late elementary/ early intermediate arrangements perfect for singalongs, as well as for my favorite student exercise - transposing!

Also:

  • guitar tabs in two different keys!
  • with an easy chord piano arrangement that uses helper notes - notes with letters inside!  
  • In addition, other arrangements of Happy Birthday are offered here in multiple keys for all instruments, and with several arrangements for piano. 

Your students can learn it with this free, printable sheet music.

Happy Birthday piano music with basic chords in the left hand

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I love to start "Happy Birthday" with a rolled chord as shown above (and below), because it primes everyone to know just when to jump into the song!

The left hand split chords of this arrangement are just the I, IV, and V7 chords.  Very basic, and all piano players need to have an understanding of the relationship of these three chords.  Here, because we are in the key of C, those chords end up being C, F, and G7.

I have found it difficult to get my students to feel comfortable with the seventh chords, so this newest arrangement is going to get a big push from me in the coming months!

The arrangement below is essentially the same as the first one shown, except that when the same chord is played for two measures in a row, an inversion is used instead.

This one will be much trickier!  But I think students' understanding of chord inversions will grow exponentially.

Why?  Because I intend to make those students for whom this level is appropriate TRANSPOSE this song, from the key of C to G, then to D, then to A, etc.  Around the Circle of Fifths. 

Happy Birthday guitar tabs sheet music in the key of D
Guitar tablature and chords for Happy Birthday, key of G

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Here is the newest EASY piano arrangement, very elementary-level friendly. 

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Happy Birthday for piano with little chords and a few lettered notes for elementary students
Happy Birthday for piano and vocal

The Happy Birthday piano sheet music arrangement I feature just above uses a simple, bouncy left-hand chord accompaniment in the "Oom-pah,pah" style.

My piano teacher (Mrs. Catherine Hahn, a wonderful woman) began her students with this "bass note, chord, chord" approach, using all root-position chords instead of inversions. This made understanding basic chords and even the 7th chords very easy.

Below is the melody of Happy Birthday as a lead sheet, for any instrument. Verse two uses words I heard in Sunday School as a child, but did not understand until I was an adult!

Happy Birthday lead sheet in 7 keys

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"Happy Birthday to you -- Only one (just having ONE birthday) will not do!"

"Born again" ("Ye must be born again", John Chapter 3 in the New Testament portion of the Bible) means Salvation; How many (how many "birth - days" -- how many times have you been BORN) have you?

Below is a version for brave beginners who want to be able to play all of Happy Birthday themselves, even to the octave stretch and the chords.

It is pretty easy, but kids need a bit of background in chord-playing first, such as Mary Had a Little Lamb (see that page for a little chord lesson).

Happily for young players, this is one of those easy chords songs:

simple version of Happy Birthday

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With these small chords, I like to tell my students "This is a D 'pinch' chord" (D & C together). "This is a 'little' C chord" (C & E together).

The version in G may be easier for your students to play, because with the key of F version, each hand has to deal with a Bb note. In the key of G version, only the right hand has a black note.

However, the G arrangement uses several bass clef ledger line notes! You will have to decide. I think the G version is easier.

Here are the Middle-C versions for beginner piano students, the easiest arrangements of all.  Use one of these to make a duet with your beginner piano student, or even have two students play together.

First, the new "AlphaNotes" version. These fun notes turn a piece of music into note reading worksheets...

made easy notes for Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday for beginning piano players

The same arrangement, without the lettered notes, above:


Here is the same music again, but with chord symbols for a duet partner:

Happy Birthday with piano chord symbols

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If you want to turn it into a 2-student duet (the melody or Primo part will have to be played UP an octave), here are the Happy Birthday chords spelled out in this Secondo part.

Some of them are ROOT chords, and some are CHORD INVERSIONS:)

Duet chords for Happy Birthday

This song has BECOME traditional -- according to Wikipedia, Happy Birthday is the most-recognized song in the English language.

However, the writers are known to history -- two sisters named Mildred and Patty Hill, who wrote the song in 1893. Originally the words weren't Happy Birthday at all, but "Good morning to you, good morning to you. Good morning, dear children, good morning to you!"



The links to the early intermediate arrangements for singing & transposing practice:


Download the basic arrangement for chord practice & transposing


Download the fancier arrangement using chord inversions, to transpose


The links to the Happy Birthday guitar tabs:


Download Happy Birthday guitar tabs in the key of G


Download guitar tabs and chords for birthday song in the key of D


The links to the solo piano sheet music PDFs:


Download first version of Happy Birthday, with small chords in the key of F


Download Happy Birthday Oom-pah-pah style in the key of D


Download free sheet music oom-pah-pah style in the key of Eb


Download oom-pah style free birthday song in the key of F


Download vocal and piano song, oom-pah style, in the key of G


The lead sheets, with two verses of lyrics:


Download Birthday song lead sheet in the key of A


Download Birthday song lead sheet in the key of Bb


Download Birthday song lead sheet in the key of C


Download Birthday song lead sheet in the key of D


Download Birthday song lead sheet in the key of Eb


Download Birthday song lead sheet in the key of F


Download Birthday song lead sheet in the key of G


The links for the easiest piano versions (not lead sheets):


Download simple version of the Birthday song in the key of F


Download helper version of Happy Birthday with little chords in F - it has letters in some of the notes


Download simple version of Happy Birthday in the key of G


The links to the Middle C melody arrangements:


Free easy shared-hands version of Happy Birthday, with lettered notes


Download Middle C version of the Birthday song


Download song written for shared hands melody at Middle C with Happy Birthday chords


Download Middle C duet secondo part for your students









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