“Oranges and Lemons” is a nursery rhyme and one of the most popular singing games.
The text cites, through their bells who are supposed to talk to each other, several churches of London. The first of them, St. Clement, could be referring to the church of St. Clement Danes or St. Clement Eastcheap, close to which there is a market of citrus fruits. The bells of St. Clement Danes are today tuned to the melody of the rhyme. The last stanza appears for the first time in James Orchard Halliwell’s collection of English Nursery Rhymes, in 1840’s, while in earlier versions it was absent.
The rhyme is sung by two characters from Neil Gaiman’s awarded The Graveyard Book, distinguished example of literature for children.
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
‘Oranges and Lemons’ is an easy 5-chord song in a major key. We suggest the key of C major. To play the tune in C one must be familiarised with the full “barré” technique for the F Chord. The remaining chords C, G, D and Dm are essential for beginners.
The melody range that results when singing in the key of C is the octave G4-G5 (see on the Music Sheet following). This range is perfect for singing 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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Easy Guitar Sheet Music with Chords, Notes and Tablature
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 first week of guitar lessons!
You can practice the notes on the 1st position and up to the 5th fret, while using all four fingers of the left hand. We have added some legati for an airy and light result. Hence you can use this tune for legati practice. As for the right hand, we play it apoyando i-m.
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Free Printable PDF with Guitar Chords, Tabs and Sheet Music
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