When the Saints Go Marching In
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.
Download When the Saints for two hands, jazzy elementary arrangement
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:
- It is a strong, familiar melody with lots of repetition.
- It uses just 5 notes! Five notes which sit nicely into the 5-finger scale position of the beginner pianist's hand...
- Once the melody is learned, it can be "jazzed up" with simple or more complicated left hand chord patterns - or turned into a duet with simple boogie chords!
Here is the plain melody with alphanotes added for the earliest beginners:
Download easiest arrangement of When the Saints, with letters
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:
Download "helper" arrangement of When the Saints
If you want a plain key of C arrangement with no letters in the notes, download the C version of the lead sheets below:
Download When the Saints lead sheet in A
Download When the Saints lead in Bb
Download When the Saints in C
Download lead sheet in D
Download "Saints" in Eb
Download When the Saints lead in F
Download Saints lead in G
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