The Little Drummer Boy – How to Play on Glockenspiel / Xylophone

By Katherine Davis, Henry Onorati, and Harry Simeone
Copyright Emi Mills Music Inc. And International Korwin Corp

This popular Christmas song was written by the American classical music composer Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941, based upon a traditional Czech carol.

Did you know that Davis was inspired for the melody by the phrase “pat- a-pan” of the French song with the same title? While she was trying to take a nap, the words “pat-a-pan” kept ringing in her ears, so she transformed them to the rhythm pattern “pa-rum-pum-pum”.

On this page you can find a glockenspiel tutorial video, sheet music with a glockenspiel chart that will help you find the notes on the musical instrument and a printable PDF for free download. If you would like to watch and sing this song, click here for the sing-along version.

 

Glockenspiel / Xylophone Tutorial Video


 

The Little Drummer Boy Glockenspiel / Xylophone Sheet Music and Note Chart

The melody of The Little Drummer Boy is rather easy and it consists of 7 notes (6 naturals and a flat one) as you can see on the chart following the notes of the song.

Watch the video a couple of times and study each part at your own pace until you get the hang of it. Remember to use both mallets as much as you can – not only the one that is more convenient for you (e.g. the right one if you’re right-handed) as this an important basic technique.

To save this free music sheet of “The Little Drummer Boy” to your computer, right click (or tap and hold, on mobile devices) and choose “Save Image As…”. Alternatively, you can download the PDF file below.

The Little Drummer Boy free glockenspiel sheet music notes pdf


 

Free Printable PDF with Glockenspiel / Xylophone Music Sheet with Note Chart and Lyrics

To download a printable PDF file with sheet music for glockenspiel of this song, click on the button above or on the following link.

The Little Drummer Boy | Free PDF with Glockenspiel Sheet Music


 

Click on the button to download a instrumental mp3 of this song for free.


 

Click on the button to watch a karaoke video and download a PDF file with lyrics to this song for free.


 

Click on the button to watch a piano tutorial video and download a PDF file with sheet music of this song for free.

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