“This Old Man” is an English language children’s song, counting and nursery rhyme, first published in 1906. The origins of the song are unknown.
There is a version of the song with different lyrics called “Jack Jintle”, noted in 1937’s edition of Anne Gilchrist’s Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society.
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
‘This Old Man’ is an easy 5-chord song in a major key. We suggest the key of C major, as the four chords C, Dm, G and G7 are essential for beginners. To play the F chord, one must be familiarised with the full “barré” technique.
The melody range that results when singing in the key of C is a sixth from C5 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 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 in two versions: in the first eight bars, or the first verse, you will see the melody only. Then we arranged the second verse with the addition of a bass line that is quite “active”, giving the piece a contrapuntal sense.
Regarding the left hand, you will play the notes on the first position and up to the 5th fret, using all four fingers. The upper melody line is on the first two strings (E and B). We have enhanced the piece with a few legati here and there for a smoother sound and less picking.
As for the right hand, it is apoyando i-m, while the thumb moves on the three lower strings (E, A and D).
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Free Printable PDF with Guitar Chords, Tabs and Sheet Music
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