Shortnin' Bread Easy Guitar Tabs & Free Fiddle Sheet Music
Shortnin' Bread easy guitar tabs and fiddle sheet music, free!
This is a traditional American song. A very easy guitar chord song with a melody easy even for beginners, Shortnin' Bread is a toe-tapping tune!
This song was MADE for group playing!
Here's a cute little bluegrass band playing this old-time song, very nicely indeed... it looks like they have a home-made bass:
The easy guitar tabs for Shortnin' Bread:
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Lyrics & fiddle/guitar rhythms are different
Don't worry about the lyrics and how they don't really match the rhythm of the notes! The kids will not care.
This easy version with simple timing is much easier to play than would be a version where the rhythm changed with each line (and maybe with each verse) to match words, which with this and other folk songs, can be notoriously changeable anyway!
Try Shortnin' Bread as part of a medley
My favorite key to play this song in with my students is the key of A, because it goes nicely with Boilem' Cabbage Down, as a medley.
Shortening Bread - or Shortnin' Bread is perfect for fiddle
Here is a version of Shortnin' Bread for violin in A. I decided I need an arrangement for my beginning violin players that doesn't have chord symbols over the tops of notes, because some kids will be confused by these.
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Transposing on the violin
Once fiddle players can play Shortnin' Bread in the key of A, they can easily move it down to the other strings and play the same pattern in the keys of D and G.
Now here is one more version of Shortnin' Bread - this video by "The Tractors" is WILD! (I always show it to my students, and I don't mind watching it multiple times!)
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 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.