Old MacDonald Had a Farm – Guitar Chords, Tabs, Sheet Music for Guitar, Printable PDF

“Old MacDonald Had a Farm” is one of the most popular songs for kids in the English-speaking world. Throughout the years it has been covered by many artists, like The Sam Patterson TrioThe King Cole Trio, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, just to mention a few.

In Old MacDonald’s farm you can find a lot of animals and listen to their voices. Each verse of the song corresponds to a different animal and its sound.

On this page you can find Guitar Chords and Tabs followed by an Easy Guitar Sheet Music and a Printable PDF for free download.

 

Guitar Chords and Tabs in G

“Old MacDonald Had a Farm” is an easy 3-chord song in a major key. We suggest the key of G major, as all three chords G, D and C are essential for beginners. Alternatively, we suggest the key of D major, as you will see further down this post. The choice is yours, depending on your skill level and the preferred pitch.

The melody range that results when singing in the key of G extends to the interval of a seventh from D4 to B4 (see on the Music Sheet following). Children of a younger age may as well sing it an octave up. 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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Old MacDonald Had a Farm - Guitar Chords and Tabs in G.


 

Guitar Chords and Tabs in D

As mentioned above, we also suggest the key of D major, as both chords D, A and G are essential for beginners and they sound brighter due to the open bass strings D and A that are in use.

Accordingly, the melody range extends to a seventh of A4 – F#5 (see on the Music Sheet following), and it is well suited to most children’s voice pitch. 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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Old MacDonald Had a Farm - Guitar Chords and Tabs in D.


 

Easy Guitar Sheet Music with Chords in G

Here 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. 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 piece is also good for right hand mobility and control, as one can practice the apoyando technique with i-m while the thumb moves on all the bass strings. Apoyando is recommended for the melody so that it will stand out clearly.

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Old MacDonald Had A Farm Easy Guitar Sheet Music in G.


 

Easy Guitar Sheet Music with Chords in D

This is a simple transcription for guitar with a plain bass line and recommended fingering. As much as the song is great for singing with kids, it is also an ideal piece for guitar beginners. 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 upper melody line is played on the strings B, G and D. Don’t forget the F sharp  (2nd fret – 1st string)! As mentioned above, in this piece you can find the basic right-hand techniques of apoyando and thumb mobility – control.

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Old MacDonald Had A Farm Easy Guitar Sheet Music in D.


 

Free Printable PDF with Guitar Chords, Tabs and Sheet Music

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

Old MacDonald Had a Farm – Guitar Chords, Tabs, Sheet Music PDF – Singing Bell

 

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