Wheels on the Bus – Guitar Chords, Tabs, Sheet Music for Guitar, Printable PDF

Kids love playing popular nursery rhymes when they take up a new musical instrument.

‘The Wheels on the Bus’ is one of the most popular children’s songs published in 1939 and attributed to Verna Hills.

It is a “repetitive song” as it is cyclically-structured, so that it’s easy for children to learn and participate. The melody is actually based on “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush” a popular circle-dance song.

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 in C

‘The Wheels on the Bus’ is an extremely easy 2-chord song in a major key. We suggest the key of C major (and, alternatively, the key of D major as you can see next), as both C and G 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 in C following) and 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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Wheels on the Bus Easy Guitar Chords and Tabs in C.


 

Guitar Chords and Tabs in D

Here you can see the alternative option of D major. Although one might play this key by using a capo on the 2nd fret as shown above, we choose to make a second sheet with chords in D. To justify that, D and A are equally easy for beginners but sound brighter due to the open bass strings.

Additionally, the melody range that results when singing in the key of D is an octave from A4 to A5 (see on the Music Sheet in D following). This range is well suited to most children’s voice pitch. Nevertheless, you could use a capo to transpose to D#, E, F, or Gb major by placing it respectively on fret I, II, III, or IV. 

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Wheels on the Bus Easy Guitar Chords and Tabs in D.


 

Easy Guitar Sheet Music with Chords in C

This is a simple transcription for guitar with a plain bass line and recommended fingering. As much as the song is great for singing with kids, it is also an ideal piece for guitar beginners – actually one can play it within the first month of guitar lessons! It is a pleasant tune to practice the notes on the 1st position and up to the 3rd fret,  while using all 4 fingers of the left hand. The melody line is played on the first three strings (E, B and G).

The piece is also good for right hand mobility and control, as one can practice the apoyando i-m technique.

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Wheels on the Bus Easy Beginners Guitar Sheet Music with chords in C.


 

Easy Guitar Sheet Music with Chords in D

This is a simple transcription for guitar with a plain bass line and recommended fingering. As said before, the piece is ideal for guitar beginners. You can practice the notes on the 1st position and up to the 5th fret while using all 4 fingers of the left hand. The melody line is played on the first three strings (E, B and G).

In addition, the tune is perfect for an introduction to F sharp (2nd fret – 1st string) and C sharp (2nd fret – 2nd string). Be sure not to miss them out!

The piece is also good for right hand mobility and control, as one can practice the apoyando technique with i-m.  

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Wheels on the Bus Easy Beginners Guitar Sheet Music with chords in D.


 

Free Printable PDF with Guitar Chords, Tabs and Sheet Music

If you’d like to  download a printable PDF file with Guitar Chords, Tabs and Sheet Music for this song, click on the button above or on the following link.

Wheels on the Bus – Guitar Chords, Tabs, Sheet Music PDF – Singing Bell


 

Click on the button to watch a sing-along video and download a instrumental mp3 of this song for free.


 

Please 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 music score to this song for free.


 

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