“Pat-a-cake” (also called “Patty Cake”) is one of the oldest and most widely known surviving English nursery rhymes, as well as a clapping game and a singing game. The first recorded version appears in “The Campaigners”, a play written by Thomas D’Urfey in 1698, where the lyrics of the rhyme are sung by a nurse. The next appearance is in “Mother Goose’s Melody” (c. 1765).
Marking pastry or baked goods with an identifiable mark may stem from a time when households that did not own an oven of their own could have brought their items to a local baker or bake house. Marking the pastry would have been a way to ensure the return of the proper item.
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
‘Pat-a-Cake (Patty Cake)’ is an easy 3-chord song in a major key. We suggest the key of A major, as all the three chords A, E7 and D are essential for beginners.
The melody range that results when singing in the key of A is a ninth from G#4 to A5 (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 Bb, B, C or C# 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 and recommended fingering. The piece is an ideal choice for guitar beginners. We believe that one can play it within the first month of guitar lessons!
You can practice the notes on the 2nd position and up to the 5th fret, while using all four fingers of the left hand. There are three sharps in the key of A major (F#, C#, G#), so you have to be careful not to miss them out.
As for the right hand, we play it apoyando i-m, while the thumb moves on all the lower strings.
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Free Printable PDF with Guitar Chords, Tabs and Sheet Music
You can download for free a printable PDF file with Guitar Chords, Tabs and Sheet Music for this song. To do so, click on the button above or on the following link.
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