This Old Man – simple letters

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In this song we used chords (to play with the left hand). If you do not know how to play chords yet, you can try playing this melody with your right hand only, or learn how to play chords. We described it here: How to make chords?

About song and easy letter notes

Diving into the enchanting world of music can be both exhilarating and daunting, especially for those embarking on their journey to master the piano or keyboard. With the innovative approach of using letter notes, keyboard stickers, and a piano book for beginners, learning to play timeless classics has never been more accessible. One such song that stands as a testament to the joy of music-making is “This Old Man,” a melody that carries with it a rich tapestry of history and cultural significance, making it a perfect addition to any piano learning book for adults and piano book for kids alike.

“This Old Man” is a traditional English nursery rhyme and counting song, which, although its exact origins are unclear, is believed to have been composed in the early 19th century. The song’s playful lyrics and catchy tune have made it a beloved piece among children and adults for generations. It’s often one of the first songs featured in a piano songbook for kids or a keyboard songbook for beginners, thanks to its simple melody and repetitive structure, which are ideal for those just starting their musical journey. The lyrics “This old man, he played one, He played knick-knack on my thumb,” followed by the ascending numerical pattern, not only make it an entertaining song but also serve as an engaging learning tool for young musicians. What’s particularly fascinating about “This Old Man” is its ability to transcend cultural boundaries, being adapted and embraced in various forms around the world. This universal appeal makes it a staple in any easy piano songbook or piano practice book, inviting players of all ages to delve into the joy of music through the play by letter method. Whether you’re a beginner looking to learning piano for beginners or an adult revisiting the whimsy of your childhood through a piano songbook with letters, “This Old Man” offers a delightful musical experience that underscores the power of letter notation in making music accessible to everyone.

This Old Man letter notes piano
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Some of the notes on our website contain the full version of the song, and some are excerpts, or for example the very beginning, chorus or verse, etc. Full versions of all the notes can be found in our books and e-books: SHOP.

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