Kookaburra – Guitar Chords, Tabs, Sheet Music for Guitar, Printable PDF

“Kookaburra” is an Australian nursery rhyme song about a native Australian bird of the Kingfisher family, whose loud call sounds are like echoing human laughter. It was written in 1932 by Marion Sinclair and soon it became popular all over the world, particularly in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, countries that have adopted it as a traditional song.

“Olly the Kookaburra” was one of the three mascots chosen for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

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

“Kookaburra” is an 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 familiarized with the full “barré” technique for the F Chord. The remaining C and G  chords are essential for beginners.

The melody range that results when singing in the key of C is the octave C4 – C5 or C5 – C6 (see on the Music Sheet in C following) which we find a bit compelling for most children’s voice pitch. It’s either too high or too low, depending on the octave you choose to sing in. Nonetheless, 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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Kookaburra - Guitar Chords and Tabs in C.


 

Guitar Chords and Tabs in G

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

Accordingly, the melody range extends to the octave G4 – G5 (see on the Music Sheet in G following) and is well suited to most children’s voice pitch. 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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Kookaburra - 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. The tune is great for guitar beginners – actually one can play it within the first guitar lessons!

The tune is available in two octaves: in bars 1 – 8 the melody reaches the C above staff on the 7th fret, leading you to the 5th position. Furthermore, in bars 9 – 16  you will play the tune in the lower C octave on the easy 1st position. Therefore “Kookaburra” in C can serve as a beautiful exercise for the C scale in two octaves.

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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Kookaburra Easy Guitar Sheet Music with notes and tablature in C.


 

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

This is a simple transcription for guitar with recommended fingering. As said above, the piece is great for guitar beginners.

Regarding the left hand, you will practice the notes on the 1st position and up to the 3rd  fret; fingers 1, 2 and 3 are used. As for the right hand same as above: apoyando i-m.

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Kookaburra Easy Guitar Sheet Music with notes and tablature in G.


 

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

Last but not least, we suggest this simple version in A major for guitar, as you can take full advantage of the fine resonance from the open strings D, A and E in the bass line.

Regarding the left hand, you will practice the notes on 2nd position and up to the 5th fret while using all four fingers. As for the right hand you will practice apoyando i-m along with thumb mobility and control.

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Kookaburra Easy Guitar Sheet Music with notes and tablature in A.


 

Free Printable PDF with Guitar Chords, Tabs and Sheet Music

You can click on the button for a printable PDF file with Guitar Chords, Tabs and Sheet Music with notes and tablature for this song for free.

Kookaburra – Guitar Chords, Tabs, Sheet Music PDF – Singing Bell


 

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

 

You can click on the button to watch a karaoke video and download a PDF file with lyrics to 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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