How to play Happy Birthday on guitar is a common request. It’s a good song to have in your repertoire, and you never know when you’ll be asked to play it! Luckily, it’s also a very easy song to play, as it features basic chords and a melody that can be played in open position.
At the bottom of this page you can download a printable copy of Happy Birthday in F and in G.
How to Play Happy Birthday On Guitar
There are several ways of playing Happy Birthday on guitar. The main choices are: play just the tune; play the chords (to accompany either yourself or others singing); or play a solo fingerstyle arrangement of the tune that includes accompaniment. As this lesson is for beginners, we have provided music to enable you to do either of the first two options.
The music below allows you to play either the melody or the chords. A common key to play Happy Birthday in is F major. We have also included it in G major, as in this key there are no barre chords to worry about.
Happy Birthday TAB
Below is a simple way of playing Happy Birthday in TAB and traditional notation. Chords are also provided. Click on the images for larger versions.
Happy Birthday In G
In case you don’t like playing barre chords, here is a version of happy birthday for guitar in G major.
Happy Birthday Guitar PDF
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