10 Easy Classic Songs On the Thumb Piano

These songs that I have chosen are in my opinion easy to play and learn with a little practice. They are all suitable for a beginner on the thumb piano or kalimba. Before you can play any song you must ensure that your instrument is in tune, and is ready to go. Assuming that it is all good, let's go ahead and start learning those tabs!

 

  1.  Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle twinkle little star is a popular nursery rhyme that was written by an English author called Jane Taylor in 1806. The original rhyme was actually called ‘the star’ and since its first publication, it has changed quite significantly.

NOTES & LYRICS:

C   C      G    G   A A  G      F      F E    E    D      D     C

Twinkle, Twinkle little star.  How I wonder what you are.

G   F        F    E        E   D     G     G  F  F        E  E     D

Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky.

C   C      G    G   A A  G      F      F E    E    D      D     C

Twinkle, Twinkle little star.  How I wonder what you are. 

 

  1. Mary Had a Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb is another common kids’ nursery rhyme by composer Lowell Martin. The song is based on a real-life incident involving Mary Elizabeth Sawyer. She was born in 1806 on a farm in Scotland and she had a pet lamb that she absolutely loved.

NOTES & LYRICS:

E    D   C   D E  E    E      D   D   D      E   E    E

Ma-ry had a lit-tle lamb,  lit-tle lamb, lit-tle lamb. 

E    D   C   D E  E    E       E    D       D      E      D   C

Ma-ry had a lit-tle lamb, Its fleece was white as snow.

 

  1. Incy Wincy Spider 

Incy wincy spider is a popular modern nursery rhyme, according to various internet sources it started off as a song for adults that was called Camp and Camino’ with the main words being ‘blooming, bloody instead of ‘Itsy Bitsy’. The song itself was first published in 1920 and variations of the lyrics are still being used today in various regions.   

The idea of the song is very positive and it aims to inspire children to never give up. For example, when the rain brings you down, keep going because the sun will come out and you can try again. 

NOTES & LYRICS:

 G   C C  C  D   E  E.         E       D  C    D  E    C

The Incy wincy spider climbed up the water spout.

  E        E      F    G      G        F        E    F   G   E   

Down came the rain,  and washed the spider out

 C       C     D   E    E       D    C   D  E    C

Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain.

 G     G  C C   C D    E  E        E        D   C    D      E C

And the incy wincy spider climbed up the spout again. 

  

  1. Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Old MacDonald had A farm is a popular nursery rhyme and animal song for children. It was recorded in the united states. Its first publication was approximately 1917.

NOTES & LYRICS:

C     C    C    G     A    A   G   E E D DC

Old MacDonald had a farm,  E-I-E-I-O.

   G  C  C     C     G   A       A      G         E E D DC

And on his farm, he had some chicks,  E-I-E-I-O.

   G  G     C      C      C       G  G   C        C       C

With a chick, chick here, and a chick, chick there.

  C   C    C        C   C   C      C   C    C    C    C       C

Here a chick, there a chick, everywhere a chick, chick,

C     C    C    G     A    A   G   E E D DC

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O. 

 

  1. Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells is a very well known song that was originally written by James Lord Pierpont. The song was inspired by the open sleigh cart-horse races during 1857. It has been since associated with the season of Christmas due to 'Santa and his sleigh', however, that is not how the songwriter originally intended.

NOTES & LYRICS:

E   E   E       E   E   E       E  G   C   D    E

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,

F     F      F    F F E   E    E E

oh, what fun it is to ride in a

E     D       D  E   D   G

one-horse open sleigh.

E   E   E       E   E   E       E  G   C   D    E

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,

F     F      F    F F E   E    E E

oh, what fun it is to ride in a

G      G      F  D   C

one-horse open sleigh.

 

  1. You Are My Sunshine

You are my sunshine is a complete classic, it has been performed by various artists such as johnny cash, the beach boys and more. The song is also known as a kids lullaby due to the positive nature of the lyrics.

NOTES & LYRICS:

G    C    D   E    E        E    DE   C  C

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.

C    D        E   F  A      A       G      F   E

You make me happy when skies are grey. 

C       D E     F       A      A      G      F   E   C

You'll never know dear, how much I love you.

C          D      E       F   D  D        E C  

Please don't take my sunshine away.

 

  1. Frère Jacques

Frère Jacques is a very well known kid's French nursery rhyme, it was originally written by Rameau. The English lyrics translate to: Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping? Brother John, brother john. The morning bells are ringing. The morning bells are ringing. Ding, dang, dong. Ding, dang, dong.

NOTES & LYRICS:

C   D   E    C        C   D   E   C       E     F     G        E     F     G

Fre-re Jac-ques, Fre-re Jac-ques. Dor-mez vous, dor-mez vous.

G      A    G  F    E  C     G      A    G  F    E  C    

Son-nez les ma-ti-nes, Son-nez les ma-ti-nes

C       G       C        C       G       C

Ding, dang, dong. Ding, dang, dong 

 

  1. Love Me Tender 

Love me tender is an adaption of a civil war song by Aura Lee that was originally published in 1861. Later in 1956, the song was released again but with the lyrics. It is a very popular song by Elvis Presley.

NOTES & LYRICS:

G      C   B    C    D     A    D          C   B   A   B   C

Love me ten-der, love me sweet. Ne-ver let me go.

G      C        B   C    D    A     D        C   B   A    B    C

You have made my life com-plete, and I love you so.

 E      E    E    E     E    E     E

Love me ten-der, love me true.

 E  D   C          D E   E   E     F   E   D A    D    C   B  E  D     C        

All my dreams fulfil, for my dar-lin I love you and I al-ways will. 

 

  1. I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing 

I'd like to teach the world to sing is a pop song which originated as a jingle for an advert. It was produced by Billy Davis and was sung by the Hillside Singers for Coca-Cola in 1971.

NOTES & LYRICS:

A  G   A   C      A    G      A   C        A    D    E   D   E    D

I'd like to build the world a home, and fur-nish it with love.

E        D  E     G       E     D    E  G       E    C        D      C    A  G

Grow ap-ple trees and hon-ey-bees and snow-white tur-tle doves.

A  G    A    D      A    G       A   C    A  D  E     D    E    D        

I'd like to teach the world to sing In pe-rfect har-mo-ny.

E   D    E   G    E D  E   G      E     C      D  C     A   C

I'd like to hold it in my arms, and keep it com-pa-ny.

 

  1. Streets of London

Streets of London is a song written by Ralph Mctell and was inspired by a Surrey street market in Croydon. The song's meaning refers to the homelessness throughout. His soft voice leads you around the streets of London, showing you what is going on in the world. The song was released in 1969.

NOTES & LYRICS:

E      E     E     E     G   G     E   D    C        C        E    E

Have you seen the old man in the closed-down mar-ket?

A      A    A   C  C   C    C     C    D     D  E D

Kick-ing up the papers with his worn-out shoes.

E  E   E       G    G    G  G        C       C    B        C  E   F   E

In his eyes, you see no pride, hand-held loose-ly by his side.

A   A   C        C   C    C  C    G   A     B       C

Yes-ter-day's pa-per tel-ling ye-ster-day's news.

Thumb Piano Song Demo

Here is a video of me playing all of these songs, just in case you wanted to hear how they are supposed to sound in rhythm. I am by no means a professional kalimba player but I do have a lot of experience with other musical instruments and am passionate about music and providing free education for all.

1 comment

Shubham

Shubham

oh thank you so much for the tabs! I was looking for a few beginner songs. Are you delivering Kalimba https://www.carvedculture.com/products/painted-coconut-thumb-piano-16cm to India? I would like to play a few songs from your list and a few from Easy Kalimba Tabs

Please let me know.
Thank you!

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