“Pop! Goes the Weasel” is an English nursery rhyme and singing game. A music sheet acquired by the British Library in 1853 describes a dance, “Pop! Goes the Weasel”, as “An Old English Dance, as performed at Her Majesty’s & The Nobilities Balls, with the Original Music”. The song is often used in Jack-in-the-box toys.
The song seems to have crossed the Atlantic in the 1850s where U.S. newspapers soon afterwards call it “the latest English dance”, and the phrase “Pop! goes the weasel” soon took hold.
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
‘Pop! Goes the Weasel’ is an easy 5-chord song in a major key. We suggest the key of G major, as all five chords G, D, C, A7 and D7 are essential for beginners.
The melody range that results when singing in the key of G is twelfth from D4 to A5 (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 G#, A, Bb, or B 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. You can play it within the first month of guitar lessons!
You can practice the notes on the 1st and 2nd position and up to the 5th fret with all 4 fingers of the left hand. Don’t forget the F sharp (2nd fret – 1st string)! 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, while the thumb moves on all the lower strings.
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Free Printable PDF with Guitar Chords, Tabs and Sheet Music
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