“Girls and Boys Come Out To Play” is a singing game and a very old English song for children, as it appears in Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book (London, 1744), the earliest collection of English-language nursery rhymes. refers to the time when most children had to work and there was little time for play.
In fact, it wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution that education started being considered as absolutely necessary for all children (not only for kids of well-off families). It was when the custom for children to help their parents on the land during the day and play only in the afternoon started to disappear.
On this page you can find Guitar Chords and Tabs followed by an Easy Guitar Sheet Music with notes and tablature. See also our Printable PDF file for free download.
Guitar Chords and Tabs
“Girls and Boys Come Out To Play” is an extremely easy 4-chord song in a major key. We suggest the key of D major, as the chords D, A7, A and E7 are essential for beginners. Additionally, you can take full advantage of the fine resonance from the open strings D, A and E.
The melody range that results when singing in the key of D is the octave A4-A5 (see on the Music Sheet following). This range is well suited to most children’s voice pitch. Nevertheless, you could use a capo to transpose to D#, E, F, or F# major by placing it respectively to fret I, II, III, or IV.
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Easy Guitar Sheet Music with Notes, Chords & Tablature
This is a simple transcription for guitar with a simple bass line and recommended fingering. As much as the song is great for singing with kids, it is also an ideal piece for guitar beginners. It is a pleasant tune to practice the notes on the 2nd position and up to the 5th fret with all 4 fingers of the left hand.
The upper melody line is played on the first three strings (E, B and G). Don’t forget the F sharp (2nd fret – 1st string) and the C sharp (2nd fret – 2nd string)!
Regarding the right hand, you can practice the apoyando technique with i-m while the thumb moves on all the bass strings.
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Free Printable PDF with Guitar Chords, Tabs and Sheet Music
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