When the Saints Go Marching In is a famous old song that has only FIVE NOTES - ideal for a young musician!
Get the piano sheet music or lead sheets here, free.
This arrangement may look difficult, but if you examine it closely you will see that the hands "take turns" - easier than playing together.
"When the Saints" has got three big things going for it:
Here is the plain melody with alphanotes added for the earliest beginners:
Sometimes kids who aren't used to chord symbols (in this song, the capitol Cs, Gs, and F) are confused when they appear over the melody line, and suppose that they indicate what the note is!
Because of this natural assumption, I frequently will point at one of the chord symbols in a new song, and say to my student, "What do you think that is?"
This is helpful to them - and also to me. I learn just how much my student is understanding!
Here is the same arrangement, but with only a FEW of the letters-in-the-notes to give confidence to timid newbies:
If you want a plain key of C arrangement with no letters in the notes, download the C version of the lead sheets below:
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