I Love the Mountains
Lyrics, Chords, and Piano Sheet Music for Beginners
I Love the Mountains lyrics and chords - kids love this song!
Usually they learn it by rote, but using notes is a sure-fire approach when you are in a hurry.
Even better, for beginners who are new to ledger line notes, the alphanotes "helper" arrangement on this page will be just what they need!
Notice the fingering that I have suggested here.
Five fingers takes care of each phrase, because each phrase is like a pentascale. Then pianists just need to shift up one key for the next line (you might want to get out the red pencil to circle those shifting spots with them):
Please scroll down the page for the download links.
And here is a "helper" version, with just a few alphanotes for those tricky keys below Middle C...
See if your students can draw these very notes below a staff on the whiteboard or on staff paper. If so, the ledger lines will make sense to them.
Please scroll down the page for the download links.
As with most folk tunes, you will find that there are slightly different words to this tune, depending where you are.
Once your students have the melody in hand, show them how to use the chords! It is such a fun duet. I like to have them try a single bass note in left hand, and a solid root position chord in the right hand.
If they are more advanced, make them try some chord inversions in the right hand, as I demonstrate at the bottom of the page "Louie Louie."
But the final goal is to use the right hand to play just the melody, while left hand does the bass note PLUS the triad. This approach is also a fun goal in a newer piece on my site, "The Cat Came Back."
Kids feel a great sense of accomplishment when they can coordinate the hands together, and they push to get there! This is actually on my studio "Must Do" list.
These chords also work perfectly for the old-fashioned song "Heart and Soul," but that song is still under copyright, so I can't show it to you here...
On YouTube, I found a number of somewhat irritating videos of "I Love the Mountains," so I decided to skip placing one at the top of the page.
However, below is a performance which employs the song several different ways, including treating it as a round. You may garner some ideas for your students here:
The links for the piano music:
Download I Love the Mountains lyrics, chords, and free sheet music for beginning pianists
Download I Love the Mountains with made-easy notes
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Baby Shark sheet music is surprisingly easy, with a repeating melody in the right hand, and simple chord tones in the left hand. A WINNER with young students.
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All the first-year material I give my beginner students.
Piano keyboard sheets, scales, chords, note-reading exercises, and over 256 pages of music!
Queen Esther in the Bible
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.
Just the Black Keys
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.
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.
Lots of trolls in this book - including one who gives him a Christmas gift!
Available at Amazon
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About the Author
Hi, I'm Dana! (Say that like "Anna".) I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com, and a newer site, SingTheBibleStory.com.
Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and have 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.