Ode To Joy For Guitar – Easy Chords & Sheet Music

Ode to Joy Beethoven on the guitar.

If you’ve been looking for Ode To Joy guitar chords or Ode to Joy guitar sheet music, then you’re on the right page!

“Ode To Joy ” is the main theme of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. The theme is introduced by chorus at the fourth (final) movement of the Symphony.

On this page you can find Guitar Chords and Tabs in the keys of C and D, followed by Easy Guitar Sheet Music with notes and tablature. See also our Printable PDF file for free download.

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Ode to Joy Guitar Chords

Easy Guitar Chords and Tabs in C

To play ‘Ode to Joy’ you will need just 6-chords. Although the piece was originally written in D major, its transcription in the key of C is largely widespread. To play the tune in C one must be familiarised with the full “barré” technique as there is an F chord. The rest of the chords (C, G, E, Am and D) 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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Ode to Joy Guitar Chords and Tabs in C major.

Easy Guitar Chords and Tabs in D

The original key of D is easy enough for guitar beginners and we strongly suggest to play the piece in this key. You’ll have to play two “barré” chords, F# and Bm, but the overall effect is worth the try! The rest of the chords (D, A, G and E) have a nice resonance in guitar and we are sure you will enjoy it!

In this key the melody extends to an octave from A4 to A5 (see on the Music Sheet in D following) and it sounds even brighter than the previous option in C. Nevertheless, you could use a capo to transpose to D#, E, F, or F# major  by placing it respectively on fret I, II, III, or IV. 

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Ode to Joy Guitar Chords and Tabs in D major.

Ode to Joy Guitar Sheet Music

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 couple of weeks of guitar lessons! It is a pleasant tune to practice the notes on the 1st position and up to the 3rd fret with all four fingers 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. The thumb is engaged in all three bass strings.

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Ode to Joy Guitar Sheet Music with notes chords and tablature in the key of C.

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

This is a simple transcription for guitar with recommended fingering in the key of D, where the piece was originally written. This option is equally ideal for guitar beginners; adding to that, you’ll enjoy the fact that you have more open bass strings to play! It is a pleasant tune to practice the notes on the 1st position and up to the 5th fret with all four fingers of the left hand. The melody line is played on the first three strings (E, B and G). Don’t forget the F# on the first string – second fret!

As for the right hand, you’ll have the same techniques as in the previous transcription in the key of C.

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Ode to Joy Guitar Sheet Music with notes chords and tablature in the key of D.

Free Printable PDF with Ode to Joy Guitar Chords, Tabs and Sheet Music

Ode To Joy guitar chords tabs sheet music printable PDF

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.

Ode to Joy – Guitar Chords, Tabs, Sheet Music PDF – Singing Bell

If you’d like to see the original German lyrics of Beethoven’s Ode an die Freude
and download a printable lyrics PDF file for free, click on this button:

To read the lyrics of “Joyful, Joyful we adore thee” set to Beethoven’s “Ode To Joy”
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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.

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and download a free printable PDF file with glockenspiel /  xylophone Music Sheet and Note Chart of this song.

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