On Top of Old Smoky
Free Kids Sheet Music

On Top of Old Smokey free kids sheet music with easy guitar tabs, and an easy Middle-C version for beginner piano also!  

The silly and fun kids' song, "On Top of Spaghetti," uses this tune.  I loved singing it when I was a kid! Somehow the words seemed incredibly clever in those long-ago days... 

The lyrics of "On Top of Spaghetti" are under copyright, so I can't give you free sheet music which includes those words, but you can still enjoy a video (one among many on Youtube!) regaling the adventure of the sneeze-propelled meatball: 


Here is what the free kids sheet music looks like with its easy guitar tabs: 

On Top of Old Smoky free kids music guitar tabs

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

I like this song best in the key of C.  Even though the F chord is not a favorite of beginner guitar players, they need the practice.

If you use G7 instead of G, the three chords line up nicely and require little shifting, a neat thing to point out to your students if they haven't done this before.

Even "little" chords, the three-string chords, can be used in this song. Playing a 3-string F chord is not too intimidating, especially when the C and G7 are so easy. (See my Big Guitar Chords page, which talks about 3-string chords.)

Another neat thing to try is mixing the melody, or parts of the melody, with chord strumming. (This is easiest, I think, in the key of C.)

Thus, the song goes "On TOP of Old SMO- (strum-strum) - KEY (strum strum, STRUM strum) all COV-ered with SNOW (strum strum, STRUM strum strum, STRUM strum)" etc.

My favorite strum pattern for this 3-beat song, however, is a "BASS strum strum".

If you play this melody in the key of D, it makes a good example for your guitar student of how some songs are much easier to play in second position - using finger 1 in the 2nd fret, finger 2 in the 3rd fret, etc. 

Here is the piano version for Middle C area note-readers:

On Top of Spaghetti free kids sheet music for piano

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

You may notice 3 things: 

  1. There is no fingering written in.  You decide.  I suspect you will place both thumbs on Middle C, but it will work with a different fingering!
  2. Twice, Middle C is placed in the Right hand, but once I have the left hand playing it - the last line.
  3. There are chord symbols above the melody, in case you wish to make up a duet part.

This song LOOKS so easy.  But it isn't!  That's because of all the skips.  Take it slow and focus on the notereading.

My favorite video of the tune for this free kids sheet music is a rather out-of-focus rendition of "On Top of SPAGHETTI:" 





The links for the guitar sheet music:


Download On Top of Old Smokey with easy guitar tabs in C 


Download free kids sheet music On Top of Old Smoky with guitar tabs in D 


Download free kids guitar sheet music in G



The link to the piano arrangement:


Easy piano version of On Top of Old Smokey for beginner piano players








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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.

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