The Erie Canal Song is still popular after all these years! Download free piano sheets online, an easy 5-finger arrangement for beginning readers, lead sheets in two keys, & tabs for your students who play guitar music.
These music note drawings - piano music with letters - are obviously about helping with reading music notes for beginners. If this isn't your cup of tea, look farther down the page!
This Am arrangement uses lots of open strings, and fingers 1 and 3... nice guitar music notes for beginners. There's just a bit of high "A" on page 2, needing fret 5 - good practice for stretching a little outside of position 1.
Here are a couple versions for early intermediate/ late elementary piano, with a fun descending bass line:
If your students like the first page of the canal boat song, then it's a good bet that they'll want the whole thing. It requires another change of hand position. Here's what those pages look like, in the key of Dm ( the short version, above, is in Am):
I've put no fingering on page 2 of these arrangements. Erie Canal is brand new for my students, so I'll just keep a pencil handy and we'll work out fingering on an as-needed basis.
And now, here are a couple lead sheets, with Erie Canal lyrics of three verses:
Sorry I don't have any lead sheets for bass instruments or viola... I have run out of steam for now!
"Fifteen Years on the Erie Canal" was written in 1905 by Thomas S. Allen This song is also known as "Low Bridge, Everybody Down," "The Erie Canal Song," and the way I sang it as a kid, "Fifteen MILES on the Erie Canal."
I had NO idea what the song was about. But here is a very fun video, with still shots of old canals and mules with action added somehow, that demonstrates just what this song is about!
I wanted to thank you. Several of the songs on this site work so well for some of my picky students and the ones who don't practice a lot.
I was looking for some easy (classical) pieces to play that wouldn't require much prep. I hit the jackpot here with classical and other, Celtic, lovely tunes! Thanks again!
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