When The Saints Go Marching In – Guitar Chords, Tabs, Sheet Music for Guitar, Printable PDF

“When The Saints Go Marching In” is a popular song, originated as a Christian hymn but often played by jazz bands.

The first known recorded version was in 1923 by the Paramount Jubilee Singers. The most famous recording was on May 13, 1938 by Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra.

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 in A

‘When The Saints Go Marching In’ is an easy 5-chord song in a major key. We suggest the key of A major, as all the chords A, E7, A7, D and Dm are essential for beginners.

The melody range that results when singing in the key of A is a fifth from A4 to E5 (see on the Music Sheet in A following). This range is well suited to most children’s voice pitch. Nevertheless, you could use a capo to transpose to Bb, B, C or C# major by placing it respectively on fret I, II, III, or IV. 

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When the Saints Go Marching In - Guitar Chords and Tabs in A.

 

Guitar Chords and Tabs in G

Another popular option is that of G major, as all the chords are easy to play for beginners: G, D7, G7 and C. There’s just one chord, that of C minor, where the full “barré” technique is needed.

The melody range that results when singing in the key of G is a fifth from G4 to D5 (see on the Music Sheet in G following). This range is well suited to most children’s voice pitch. Nevertheless, you could use a capo to transpose to Ab, 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 in A

This is a simple transcription for guitar with bass and middle voice plus recommended fingering. As much as the song is great for singing with kids, it is also an ideal piece for guitar beginners. We suggest this version with accompaniment for those who would like a more sophisticated approach.

You can practice the notes on the 1st and 2nd position and up to the 4th fret, while using all four fingers of the left hand. The upper melody line is played on the first three strings (E, B, G) and the bass line is all on the open bass strings. Don’t forget the three sharps (F, C and G).

This version is excellent for right hand mobility and control, as one can practice all the basic techniques: apoyando and tirando with i-m, while the thumb moves on all the bass strings. We play the melody apoyando so that it will stand out clearly – it is pointed with the accent articulation sign. We play tirando (m-i-m) the accompanying middle voice for a more subtle sound. Through this voice combination a beautiful exercise is derived for the right hand, playing apoyando – tirando in turn.

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When The Saints Go Marching In Easy Guitar Sheet Music with notes and tablature in A.

 

Easy Guitar Sheet Music with Chords, Notes and Tablature in G

This is a simple transcription for guitar with recommended fingering. One can actually play it within the first week of guitar lessons.

You can practice the notes on the 1st position and up to the 3rd fret, while using  fingers 1, 2 and 3 of the left hand. The upper melody line is played on the first three strings (E, B, G) – open in most cases. As for the right hand, we play it apoyando i-m.

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When The Saints Go Marching In Easy Guitar Sheet Music with notes and tablature in G.

 

Free Printable PDF with Guitar Chords, Tabs and Sheet Music

You can download for free a printable PDF file with Guitar Chords, Tabs and Sheet Music for this song. To do so, click on the button above or on the following link.

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