16 February 2011

Easy Beginner Two-Chord Song Lesson - London Bridge

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This beginner guitar lesson shows you how to play the children's song London Bridge Is Falling Down. Not only will this song entertain your children, it's easy to play too.

 

London Bridge has in fact fallen down many times during its long history, dating over 2000 years. The first bridges were built and rebuilt of wood until the 12th century when it was rebuilt in stone after being destroyed by a fire.

 

In this lesson you'll learn the chords and a simple strum pattern to play the song in the key of G. Let’s get started with the chords you’ll need.

 

Chords Used In The Song

The two chords used to play this song are shown in the diagrams below.

 

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If you're unfamiliar with the G major chord it might take a little practice to get used to it. You have to stretch your fingers from string one to string six. Use the first three fingers of your left hand (if you're right-handed), your index on the 2nd fret 5th string, second finger on the 3rd fret 6th string, and the ring finger on the 3rd fret 1st string.

 

Practice fingering this chord without worrying about strumming or picking until you get the hang of it. Then, still without strumming, practice changing between G and D. You'll find it easier to learn the chord fingerings if you don't strum while you do it.

 

Of course, to play the song you'll have to strum, so let's take a look at a simple strum pattern to use for this song.

 

Strum Pattern

The rhythm of this song has two beats per bar, this is known as 2/4 time, pronounced "two four". To get started you can simply strum down twice on each chord.

 

The Song

Here are the words and chords to the song for you to sing and play along with. Remember, strum down twice on each chord and sing to help you keep your place. Note that the chord pattern is the same on each verse.

 

Verse 1

G                G

London bridge is falling down

D             G

Falling down, falling down.

G                G

London bridge is falling down,

D         G

my fair lady

Verse 2

G                G

Take the key and lock her up,

D            G

lock her up, lock her up.

G                G

Take the key and lock her up,

D         G

my fair lady

Verse 3

G                G

Build it up with silver and gold,

D                G

silver and gold, silver and gold.

G                G

Build it up with silver and gold,

D         G

my fair lady

 

I hope you’ll enjoy learning and sharing this easy beginner guitar song. If you have any questions please use the comments link below to ask.

 

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