I would be the first to admit that, when reaching for my guitar, the first thing I think about playing is not a nursery rhyme. That said, here are three good reasons for giving them a shot.
Firstly, most nursery rhymes are generally well known, which means you don’t have to worry too much about working out timings or wondering if you’ve got the right note – you’ll be able to tell, because the chances are you already know the tune.
Secondly, the tunes are fairly simple, which means you’re unlikely to be faced with complicated stretches or jumps – after all, these are songs for children (despite the somewhat gruesome lyrics many of them contains, such as the smashing of Humpty Dumpty, the fracturing of Jack’s skull, the chopper that comes to chop off your head and sex pest George Porgy… to say nothing of Little Miss Muffet’s terrifying spider encounter!)
Thirdly (though not necessarily finally), they can be played on multiple strings, which is a great place for beginners to start working on their left and right hand co-ordination.
Of course you are! I’m even feeling like playing a few nursery rhymes myself. And to help us get started, I’ve put together a PDF sheet of six nursery rhymes in TAB which you can download below. Simply click on the link to download. Enjoy!
Nursery Rhymes for Guitar.pdf
- Frère Jacques
- The Grand Old Duke of York
- Oranges and Lemons
- London’s Burning
- London Bridge is Falling Down
- Ba, Ba, Black Sheep
- The Grandfather Clock