Wooden Heart, a free Valentine song in three keys for vocal duet or piano, with an easy-to-play arrangement for beginning pianists.
This cute traditional German tune (Abschied, or Muß i denn) is great fun to sing! See the bottom of the page to download the new version for beginner piano students...
This melody is very familiar, thanks to Elvis Presley. Here he is singing it in both English and German.
Though the tune is traditional (and therefore copyright-free), the English words to Wooden Heart, as sung by Elvis, are not in the public domain, so I have written my own rather corny lyrics (scroll down the page to find the PDF download links in several keys):
If you want to sing the English words that Elvis and others have made famous, just go hunt online for the Wooden Heart lyrics - you will surely find them!
This song makes an excellent vocal duet for beginning voice students who are just learning to hold a harmonizing line.
Because almost all the harmony consists of parallel thirds, the bottom line is fairly easy and predictable. I have used this song successfully at a few music recitals.
Below is a very easy version for beginning pianists of this Valentine's Day song. Add chords to it if you want to make a duet out of it: G, C, and D.
When I was a young girl, this tune was popular, and I LOVED it.
Though it has been many years since then, the melody still holds great appeal, as folk songs tend to do!
Below is another video, sung in German, from Raymond Crooke, who specializes in recording folk songs onto YouTube:
The links to the music:
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Your site has made everything seem so simple and straightforward and has helped me to really get started. It is so comprehensive and well put together. Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge so that music can be shared everywhere. :)
Good for you! Yes, I know just what you mean. Every new endeavor requires a little bit of chutzpah -- not to say just brazening it out a bit, because you just can't be an expert at anything until you've done it for a while. We teachers have to learn how to teach... and you have to start somewhere.
What a lovely, generous site! Many thanks from a fellow singer and music teacher in New York State.
Loved the inclusion of the video for "The Ash Grove," a song I just recommended to an adult voice student today. I was pleased to be able to send her the link to not only the sheet music, but a charming performance of the song as well.
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