How to Play What Child is This? (Greensleeves) – Piano Tutorial, Guitar Chords and Tabs, Notes, Keys, Sheet Music

How to Play What Child is This? (Greensleeves)

Carol / Lullaby, England (UK).

“What Child Is This?” is a popular Christmas carol based on the melody of the traditional tune “Greensleeves”. It was written in 1865 by English writer William Chatterton Dix.

At the age of twenty-nine, English writer William Chatterton Dix was struck with a sudden near-fatal illness and confined to bedrest for several months, during which he went into a deep depression.

Yet out of his near-death experience, Dix wrote many hymns, including a poem entitled, “The Manger Throne,” from which three stanzas were later culled, set to the traditional English tune “Greensleeves,” and re-titled as “What Child Is This?”.

 

Easy Piano Tutorial Video


 

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Sheet music with chords

To save this free music sheet of “What Child is This?” to your computer, right click (or tap and hold, on mobile devices) and choose “Save Image As…”.

What child is this? | Free Score
What child is this? | Free Score

 


 

Free Printable PDF with Music sheet and Lyrics

To download a ready-to-print PDF of this song for music activities with a music sheet, lyrics and a drawing for kids to paint, click or tap on the following link.

“What child is this? (Greensleeves)” free PDF download – Singing Bell


 

Guitar Chords and Tabs

To save this free image with the guitar chords of “What Child is This?” to your computer, right click (or tap and hold, on mobile devices) and choose “Save Image (As…)”.


 

Free Printable PDF with Guitar Chords

To download a ready-to-print PDF of this song with guitar chords, click (or tap) on the button above or on the following link.

“What Child is This? (Greensleeves)” Guitar Chords – Singing Bell


 

Teaching ideas

Listen to the original melody of  “Greensleeves” and the composition “Fantasia on Greensleeves” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Pay close attention to the instruments of the orchestra and recognize the theme in the orchestration.


 

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