Hark the Herald Angels Sing

See here!  An arrangement not absolutely for beginners, but for:

  • piano students starting to feel comfortable reading notes around the Middle C area, and
  • guitar students who can follow a tablature melody.
Hark the Herald Angels Sing, a piano arrangement for early beginner piano players, using shared-hands melody

Unlike many melodies set around Middle C, this song arrangement will not allow thumbs to share Middle C.

The right hand is called upon to play a high A, so the right hand thumb is (I suggest) best placed on note D.

Please scroll down the page for the links to the free PDF downloads.

All three of the verses of the lyrics are here.  These words, penned almost three hundred years ago, 

Here is a closeup of page one:

And page two:

Do angels sing?  I think so!  In the book of Job, we find in chapter 38 that God says to Job,

Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;

When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Now here is one of the guitar arrangements:

Hark the Herald Angels Sing for guitar, with standard notation, and guitar tabs in the key of C

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

Here is a closeup of the guitar sheet:

Closeup view of Hark the Herald Angels Sing, showing guitar tabs and lyrics.

And here is a PDF version of the lyrics, to print off for Christmas caroling, or just singing in a group at church:



The piano link:


Hark the Herald Angels Sing for Middle C piano - download!


The guitar links:


Download Hark the Herald Angels Sing for guitar, in the key of C


The Christmas carol lyrics:


Download the song lyrics only









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Dana Thynes

Hi, I'm Dana!  (Say that like "Anna".)  I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com.

Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and 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.