(PLUS: free sheet music for Sing A Song Of Sixpence)
The next pair of tutorials are based on the popular English nursery rhyme, “Sing A Song Of Sixpence”.
As with many nursery rhymes, its origins are not very clear. Some think it dates back to the 18th century. Others claim it is referenced by Shakespeare (“Whoa, here’s a stir now! Sing a song o’ sixpence!”)
The lyrics include:
Sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of rye;
Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie;
When the pie was opened, the birds began to sing;
Wasn’t that a dainty dish to set before a king.
The meaning is unclear. Food-based novelties of many kinds were popular in the 16th century, so it is possible that live birds were actually put into a pie, in order to fly out when it was cut! Alternatively, a more symbolic understanding has the “four and twenty” birds, the king, and the queen representing the hours of the day, the sun, and the moon.
You can download my FREE sheet music for “Sing A Song Of Sixpence” from easypianoteacher.com
The arrangement I have made is quite easy. It has only one note in each hand. The right hand will need to move around in a few places. The left hand, with some extension, needs to move only once.
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As usual, I’ve included full-speed and slower versions of this tutorial.