10 nursery rhymes with easy guitar chords

10 nursery rhymes with easy guitar chords

If you play guitar and have children, you will undoubtedly want to play guitar for them. Making music to your children will not only make you a superhero rock star in their eyes, but also pass on your love of music to your kids.

Eventually, you will probably want to teach them how to play guitar as well, but at first, get the ball rolling by playing some of their favorite children’s songs on guitar to them.

Playing these nursery rhymes will be a lot of fun, since you can all sing along to them. Try to get them dancing a bit as well.

10 popular children’s songs with their guitar chords

Let’s have a look at some of the most popular songs your kids will already be familiar with. I’ll give you the lyrics, as well as the chords to each song.

Baa Baa Black Sheep guitar chords and lyrics

This version of Baa Baa Black Sheep is played in the key of E major. The chords are nice and simple.

E major A major B7
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{ E } Baa Baa Black Sheep { A } have you any { E } wool?
{ A } Yes sir { E } Yes sir { B7 } three bags { E } full.
{ E } One for the { A } master and { E } one for the { B7 } dame,
And { E } one for the { A } little boy who { B7 } lives down the { E } lane.

London Bridge is Falling down guitar chords and lyrics

Here is a simple version of this classic nursery rhyme. You just need 2 chords, and you’re good to go. If you want to transpose it to another key, you can do so here.

E major A major
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{ A } London bridge is falling down,
{ E } Falling down,
{ A } Falling down,
{ A } London Bridge is falling down,
{ E } My fair { A } lady

Old McDonald Had a Farm guitar chords and lyrics

This is one of those songs you can really have fun with. The possibilities are endless with respect to which animals you’ll use, and the sounds the kids make mimicking the animals is priceless.

G major C major D major
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{ G } Old MacDonald { C } had a { G } farm,
{ G } E I { D } E I { G } O,
{ G } And on his farm he { C } had a { G } cow,
{ G } E I { D } E I { G } O,
{ G } With a moo moo here,
{ G } And a moo moo there,
{ G } Here a moo, there a moo,
{ G } Everywhere a moo moo,
{ G } Old MacDonald { C } had a { G } farm,
{ G } E I { D } E I { G } O

Ring Around the Rosies guitar chords and lyrics

Here is a nice and simple nursery rhyme with easy guitar chords, 2 to be exact. It’s so simple, you don’t even need to change chords, just 2 times during the entire song.

D major A7
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{ D } Ring around the rosies.
{ D } Pocket full of posies.
{ D } Ashes, ashes,
{ A7 }  We all fall { D } down!

Row Row Row Your Boat guitar chords and lyrics

My children love singing this song in particular for some reason, I hope your’s will as well. This is another super easy one, which you could play with a capo if you have one handy. There are only 2 chords in Row Row Row Your Boat, so even newbie guitar heroes can tackle it. The melody is very similar to Ring Around the Rosies.

D major A7
Dmaj-chord1 A7-chord1

{ D } Row, row, row your boat
{ D } Gently down the stream;
{ D } Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily:
{ A7 }  Life is but a { D } dream.

3 Blind Mice guitar chords and lyrics

This fun song is a bit more upbeat and has quicker chord changes, so it will result in a nice chord changing workout as well. The chords are simple, as is the rhythm. Remember that the first D and A get 1 beat each, the last D of each line gets 2 beats.

D major A
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{ D } Three { A } blind { D } mice.
{ D } Three { A } blind { D } mice.
{ D } See { A } how { D } they run.
{ D } See { A } how { D } they run.
They { D } all ran { A } after the { D } farmer’s wife
Who { D } cut off their { A } tails with a { D } carving knife
Did { D } ever you { A } see such a { D } thing in your life
As { D } three { A } blind { D } mice.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star guitar chords and lyrics

This famous nursery rhyme is based on a poem which is over 200 years old. The melody is the same as lots of other children’s songs, so you can reuse your existing chord knowledge. You might want to pop on a capo to make it sound a but different though.

E major A major B7
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{ E } Twinkle twinkle { A } little { E } star,
{ A } How I { E } wonder { B7 } what you { E } are.
{ E } Up { A } above the { E } world so{ B7 } high,
{ E } Like a { A } diamond { B7 } in the { E } sky.
{ E } Twinkle twinkle { A } little { E } star,
{ A } How I { E } wonder { B7 } what you { E } are.

You can easily transpose this chord progression to other keys as well. Here it is in the key of C:

{ C } Twinkle twinkle { F } little { C } star,
{ F } How I { C } wonder { G7 } what you { C } are.
{ C } Up { A } above the { C } world so{ G7 } high,
{ C } Like a { F } diamond { G7 } in the { C } sky.
{ C } Twinkle twinkle { F } little { C } star,
{ F } How I { C } wonder { G7 } what you { C } are.

Marry Had a Little Lamb guitar chords and lyrics

Another classic nursery rhyme which is much longer than people realize. Here are the lyrics and chords to the entire song, it only uses 2 simple chords.

G major D7
Gmaj-chord1 D7-chord1

{ G } Mary had a little lamb, { D7 } little lamb, { G } little lamb
{ G } Mary had a little lamb, it’s { D7 } fleece was white as { G } snow.

Humpty Dumpty guitar chords and lyrics

My kids love listening to me singing Humpty Dumpty and playing guitar. Of course they do. It’s about someone falling down.

G major D7 C
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{ G } Humpty Dumpty { D7 } sat on the { G } wall,
{ G } Humpty Dumpty { D7 } had a great { G } fall.
{ C } All the king’s { G } horses and { D7 } all the kind’s { G } men,
{ C } Couldn’t put { G } Humpty { D7 } together { G } again.

The Alphabet Song guitar chords and lyrics

And one of the best (and most educational) for last, the one and only Alphabet Song. My 3 year old girl can sing it perfectly while I play it on guitar for her. The chords to the Alphabet song are pretty standard once again. If you learn your basic chords, you can play all children’s songs. This one follows the Twinkle Twinkle chords and rhythm as well

E major A major B7
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{ E } A B C D { A } E F { E } G
{ A } H I { E } J K { B7 } L M N O { E } P.
{ E } Q R { A } S and { E } T U { B7 } V
{ E } W { A } X { B7 } Y and { E } Z.
{ E } Now I know my { A } A B { E } C’s,
{ A } Next time { E } won’t you { B7 } sing with { E } me.

Have fun, and play the songs a lot.

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