Lead Sheets

The lead sheets below are designed for students. They use only the primary chords, and each song comes in all four of the easiest keys. In many cases, a different key would be easier to sing and a more complex harmonization would be more interesting, but I keep these deliberately simple to use with students who are just learning how to read a lead sheet.

*Songs marked with an asterisk can be played within a five-finger pattern, which makes them easier for the right hand.

Major Lead Sheets

In 4/4 time

  • Angels We Have Heard on High in CG, DF
  • Aura Lee in C, GD, or F
  • Be Kind to Your Web-footed Friends in CGD, or F
  • Ching-a-Ring Chaw in C, G, D, or F
  • Deck the Halls in CG, D, and F
  • He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands in CG, D, or F
  • *Hokey Pokey in C, GD, or F
  • *Hot Cross Buns in C, G, D, or F
  • *Jingle Bells in CGD, or F
  • Oh, Come All Ye Faithful in C, GD, and F
  • The Water Is Wide in CGD, or F

In 3/4 time

  • Amazing Grace in CGD, or F
  • Animal Fair in CGD, or F
  • Away in a Manger C, G, D, or F
  • Brahms’ Lullaby in CGD, or F
  • Happy Birthday in C, G, D, or F
  • Silent Night in C, GD, F
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas in CG, D, and F


Minor Lead Sheets

In 4/4 time

  • Ghost of John in AmEmDm, or Gm
  • Hey Ho, Nobody Home in AmEm, Dm, or Gm
  • Little Birch Tree in AmEm, Dm, or Gm
  • *Snake Charmer in Am, Em, Dm, or Gm

In 3/4 time

  • Autumn Comes in AmEmDm, or Gm
  • Greensleeves in AmEm, Dm, or Gm
  • O’Carolan’s Tune No. 176 in AmEmDm, or Gm
  • Scarborough Fair in AmEmDm, or Gm


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