Sweet Betsy from Pike is a great old-fashioned song for your young guitarists and singers.
An old-time American ballad, it seems to remain a favorite with young children; here is a version with many verses!
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I loved singing Sweet Betsy from Pike as a girl.
There are other versions with slight differences in the melody, and lots of different lyrics. Here's one version I hope you will enjoy from the 2nd South Carolina String Band:
Take a look at the bottom of the "Lead Sheets" page for ideas on how to introduce lead sheets to your students.
This particular melody is beyond all but the most dedicated beginner to master with the right hand alone, so by the time your student is ready for adapting this song, they should have mastered several kinds of left-hand chord patterns.
With this free lead piano sheet in three beats a measure, the "Oom-pah-pah" or split chord approach works well.
The link for Sweet Betsy lead sheet:
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