The Wellerman Sheet Music

The Wellerman: sheet music & lyrics for piano & other instruments. Such a fun, high-energy song to sing & play!

The Wellerman sheet music for piano

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The Wellerman lyrics & piano music

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For the bass line, before you have elementary students try to figure out the left hand, have them just play single bass notes whenever they see a chord symbol.  That is a good way to warm up to a 2-handed arrangement.

A song that went viral

This is SOOO fabulous!  Your students, once they've heard it, are going to be singing it and wanting to play it.

Lead sheets in 2 keys

The Wellerman lead sheet
Lyrics of The Wellerman

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A goofy video with a cat

This rendition of The Wellerman is not as polished as the one above, but it's so fun - perhaps my favorite!

Hidden chord shapes in the melody

Keep your eye on the chord outlines that make up this melody, and point them out to your students - or say to them, "Look at me play this part... what did I just play?"  

A A A C E E E....  F D D F A... There are several places like that, and only one real scale, the descending passage at the ends of the verses and chorus.  Knowing these, and seeing these, may help your student more easily conquer this melody with its thirds and fourths and fifths.

The melody for beginners

How nice - this melody fits beautifully the Middle C area for a beginner, with the right hand thumb on Middle D instead of C.

Beginner music for The Wellerman
Wellerman lyrics

Ask your students to sing along

It helps VERY MUCH to sing or even speak the words as you are playing the melody; even little boys in a hurry will notice if they have missed a note or two when they are trying to match the lyrics, and may slow down to fix that!  (True story.)

The links for the piano music:

The Wellerman sheet music for piano and voice in Am

The Wellerman song in the key of Dm

Middle C arrangement, shared-hands melody 

The links for the lead sheets:

Wellerman lead sheet in Am

Wellerman lead in the key of Dm

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