Heigh Ho, Nobody Home (also known as Hey Ho, Nobody's Home) is easy, vigorous, and beautiful.
It is a good introduction to harmony by way of singing rounds for beginning singers. Here is free vocal sheet music and guitar tabs for the round in several keys.
Please scroll down the page for the download links.
This is usually the first vocal round I give beginning voice students.
It has an engaging minor tune, and a natural rhythm that suits the words and makes it easy to memorize.
This piece is also usually my beginning voice students' first introduction to struggling for breath. I make them breathe it like this:
"Heigh, ho, nobody home" (breath)
"Meat, nor drink, nor money have I none" (BIG BREATH)
"Yet, I will be merry, very merry, Heigh, ho" (ANOTHER BIG BREATH)
"nobody home..." (breath)
Now here is the guitar tab version for Heigh Ho, also in 3 keys:
This is a fun song for guitar because it uses only two chords, back and forth and back and forth, like a practice routine, but with a great melody and rhythm.
Back to the discussion about breathing:
The reason for such a long third phrase is because of the fast notes at the end of the sentence "ve-ry mer-ry".
For some reason, that is JUST the spot where students want to gasp for air! I don't want any gasps, or late entrances on the return to the beginning with "Heigh, ho."
In this simple little singing round there is also an introduction to good articulation.
I ask my students to OVER-emphasize the final consonants of "meat" and "drink," separating out the words a bit, but without taking a breath. Doing this gives a little "punch" to the rhythm, as well.
I pronounce "heigh" like the word "hi."
Personal preference, probably because that's how I learned it as a child. Some people say "hay, ho." That's fine. And I have seen the round spelled other ways: "Hi, ho," and "Hey, ho."
But I make sure my singers understand that "hi" is a dipthong - and that they are REALLY singing "Hah-(ee)"!
The tune is almost identical to "Rose, Rose, Rose, Rose, when will I see thee wed."
The links for the vocal round:
Download Heigh Ho for vocalists in Am
Download Hey Ho for singers in Dm
Printable sheet music Hey Ho for singers in Em
The links for the guitar tabs for Heigh Ho:
Download Hey Ho for guitar in Am
Download Hey Ho with guitar tabs in Dm
Download Heigh Ho for guitar in Em
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This beautiful song book for piano & voice "Esther, For Such a Time as This", available as a digital download, tells the riveting story of the time when Jews in ancient Persia faced a foe named Haman, and how a brave young queen risked her life to save her people.
A good choice for a singing story-teller, an operatic group, a short theater production, or a class of children!
This book is also available from Amazon as a paperback.
This book is available as a digital download from this site. Visit this page to see some free examples from the book.
It is also available 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.
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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.
Lots of trolls in this book - including one who gives him a Christmas gift!
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