“My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean” is a traditional Scottish folk song which remains popular in Western culture.
Although the song’s origin is uncertain, its subject may be Charles Edward Stuart (‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’): after the defeat of the Prince at the Battle of Culloden in 1746 and his subsequent exile, his Jacobite supporters could have sung the tune in his honour; and thanks to the ambiguity of the term “bonnie”, which can refer to a woman as well as to a man, they could pretend it was a love song.
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
‘My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean’ is an easy 3-chord song in a major key. We suggest the key of D major, as all the three chords D, G, A are essential for beginners.
The melody range that results when singing in the key of C is the octave F#4 – F#5 (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 Eb, E, F or F# major by placing it respectively on fret I, II, III, or IV.
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Easy Guitar Sheet Music with Chords, Notes and Tablature
This is a simple transcription for guitar with an accompanying bass line and recommended fingering. The piece is an ideal choise for guitar beginners. You can practice the notes on the 1st position and up to the 4th fret, while using all four fingers of the left hand. The upper melody line is played on the first four strings (E, B, G and D) and the bass line is mostly on open D and A strings. Don’t forget the two sharps (F and C).
As for the right hand, we play it apoyando, 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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