Happy Birthday – Guitar Chords, Tabs, Sheet Music for Guitar, Printable PDF

“Happy Birthday”is a song that is traditionally sung to celebrate the anniversary of a person’s birth, and one of the most popular party songs. According to the 1998 Guinness World Records, this is the most recognised tune in the English language.

The melody of the rhyme comes from the song “Good Morning to All”. In 1893, Patty Hill and her composer sister Mildred published it in a songbook called “Song Stories for the Kindergarten”.

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 in C

‘Happy Birthday Song’ is an extremely easy 3-chord song in a major key. We suggest the key of C major (and, alternatively, the key of G major as you can see next). To play the tune in C one must be familiarised with the full “barré” technique. The remaining two C and G chords are essential for beginners.

Besides that, the melody range that results when singing in the key of C is an octave from G4 to G5 (see on the Music Sheet in C following). This range is well suited to most children’s voice pitch. Nevertheless, you could use a capo to transpose to C#, D, Eb, or E major by placing it respectively on fret I, II, III, or IV. 

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Happy Birthday Easy Guitar Chords and Tabs in C.


 

Guitar Chords and Tabs in G

As mentioned above, we also suggest the key of G major. All three chords G, D and C  essential for beginners.

In this key the melody extends to an octave from D4 to D5 (see on the Music Sheet in G following) and it might not sound so bright for women or children compared to the C key. However, it is perfect for male voices. Nevertheless, you could use a capo to transpose to G#, A, Bb, or B major  by placing it respectively on fret I, II, III, or IV. 

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Happy Birthday Easy Guitar Chords and Tabs in G.


 

Easy Guitar Sheet Music with Notes, Chords & Tablature in C

This is a simple transcription for guitar with recommended fingering. As much as the song is great for singing with kids, it is also an ideal piece for guitar beginners – actually one can play it within the first week of guitar lessons! It is a pleasant tune to practice the notes on the 1st position and up to the 3rd fret with fingers 1, 2 and 3 of the left hand. The melody line is played on the first three strings (E, B and G).

The piece is also good for right hand mobility and control, as one can practice the apoyando technique with i-m.

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Happy Birthday Song Easy Beginners Guitar Sheet Music and Tablature in C.


 

Easy Guitar Sheet Music with Notes, Chords & Tablature in C (variation with accompaniment)

Here you will find a simple transcription for guitar with bass and middle voice plus recommended fingering. As already said, the piece is ideal for guitar beginners. We suggest this version with accompaniment for those who would like a more sophisticated approach. Regarding the left hand, all 4 fingers are used to play the notes on the 1st position and up to the 3rd fret, while occasionally two or three notes must be held together simultaneously.

This version is excellent for right hand mobility and control, as one can practice all the basic techniques: apoyando and tirando with i-m, while the thumb moves on all the bass strings.

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Happy Birthday Song Easy Beginners Guitar Sheet Music and Tablature in C - version 2.


 

Easy Guitar Sheet Music with Notes, Chords & Tablature in G

This is a simple transcription for guitar with recommended fingering. As much as the song is great for singing with kids, it is also an ideal piece for guitar beginners – actually one can play it within the first week of guitar lessons! It is a pleasant tune to practice the notes on the 1st position and up to the 4th fret with all 4 fingers of the left hand. The melody line is played on the strings B, G and D. Don’t forget the F sharp (4th fret – 4th string)!

Regarding the right hand, we suggest to play the whole piece apoyando i-m.

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Happy Birthday Song Easy Beginners Guitar Sheet Music and Tablature in G.


 

Free Printable PDF with Guitar Chords, Tabs and Sheet Music

If you’d like to  download a printable PDF file with Guitar Chords, Tabs and Sheet Music with Notes, Chords & Tablature for this song, click on the button above or on the following link.

Happy Birthday Song – Guitar Chords, Tabs, Sheet Music PDF – Singing Bell


 

Click on the button to watch a sing-along video with lyrics and download a sing-along audio mp3 file of this song for free.

 

Please click on the button to watch a karaoke video with lyrics and download a karaoke audio mp3 file of this song for free.

 

You can click on the button to watch a piano tutorial video and download a PDF file with music score of this song for free.

 

Click on the button to watch a glockenspiel / xylophone tutorial video and download a free printable PDF file with glockenspiel /  xylophone Music Sheet and Note Chart of this song.


 

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