“Row, Row, Row your Boat” is one of the most popular songs for kids in the English-speaking world. It was first recorded as a modern tune in 1881 by Eliphalet Oram Lyte, although it is not clear if he is the composer or adapter of the melody.
The song has been heard several times in films and TV programs (Star Trek V, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Dirty Harry, HBO’s series Oz and Deadwood, MTV series Teen Wolf, etc.).
On this page you can find Guitar Chords and Tabs followed by an Easy Guitar Sheet Music. See also our Printable PDF file for free download.
Guitar Chords and Tabs
“Row Row Row your Boat” is an extremely easy 2-chord song in a major key. We suggest the key of G major, as both G and D7 chords 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 following) and 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
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. In regard to the left hand, you will practice the notes on the 1st position and up to the 4th fret with all four fingers. It is important that you will make the effort to play the bass notes in their accurate duration; the key is to hold your fingers tightly on the frets. Last, but not least, don’t forget the F sharp (4th string, 4th fret) in bars 2, 3 and 7!
As for the right hand, the piece is a perfect exercise for tirando technique; The fingers i, m and p are engaged to perform dyads and triads throughout the piece.
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Free Printable PDF with Guitar Chords, Tabs and Sheet Music
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