Star of the County Down Guitar Tabs
Star of the County Down guitar tabs will introduce your beginner guitar students to a terrific Irish song!
This free Celtic sheet music will be a favorite of your students. It has a strong rhythm and wonderful, singable melody, and fun words!
If you want to hear --and see! -- a fun rendition of this song, complete with fiddle, pipes, and drums, check out the "Orthodox Celts" on this YouTube video below.
Vigorous, humorous, and very musical... my students and I have watched this video many times!
When I have a really terrific piece like this that is also a song, I usually end up giving it to my pianists, guitarists, and singers alike. They all benefit, and frequently end up playing it together.
Please scroll down the page for the link to the printable sheet music.
"The rhythm looks funny."
Yes - I have made the rhythm double-time for the sake of young students -- if you want a version using eighth notes, check out the same song for voice.
One of the great things about this song is the EASY chords used. Em, G, and D are three of the easiest chords for beginner guitar players.
And CHORDS are what your guitarists will be playing when they get together with other musicians to play Star of the County Down... I have the guitar tab melody here so that kids can learn exactly how it goes.
If you are interested in a fancier arrangement with more chords, plus lyrics to a Bible verse written to this melody, check out this page, "For God So Loved the World", at my newer site, Sing The Bible Story.
The link for the sheet music:
Download sheet music tablature for Star of the County Down guitar
For a child who is a beginner guitar player, making music can be BAFFLING. Teach them how to play guitar in small baby steps.
Frere Jacques, with lyrics in both French & English. Versions for voice (the vocal round), and for piano.
I Gave My Love a Cherry (The Riddle Song) is a very pretty folk tune with clever lyrics. Download sheet music in 3 arrangements, 4 keys.
Seek Ye First lyrics, chords, & sheet music is written for early piano. This pretty melody happens all inside 5 fingers! An optional descant is also provided.
This simple piano sheet music, Canoe Song, is high energy and singable. Just right for students who are beginning to tuck fingers under in scales, or can JUMP.
Songs Old & Songs New
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
Thanks for a great web site and a very useful tool for us teaching guitar.
Thank you so much for this site! I have just started teaching some really keen Y6 boys who want to play Scarborough Fair, and your version is perfect. I will now go and look at what other goodies you have!
THIS SITE IS AMAZING!! I've been teaching guitar for about 5 years now, and I've only just found your website! (I could really have used it 5 years ago) :-)
I teach at primary schools every week day for about 4 hours, so the beginner tabs you have are ideal. Thank you so much for your hard work getting these on the web, you have made many children very happy!!
A thousand thanks for your beginning piano and guitar songs.
I've already printed several for my children, including the Pretty Little Horses TAB and Carol of the Bells for piano. What a wonderful resource!
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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.