Frere Jacques 1 (C Major)

Animated Frere Jacques 1 (C Major) tab by ActionTab on guitar. So easy you'll be playing in minutes.

This is a very famous French tune, and is excellent for beginners to learn.

We are using it here to illustrate Basic Transposition in the Music Theory Section. Transposition is where we change a tune from one key to another (usually to keep singers happy). Go there to learn more about what is happening here!

This famous melody is in the Key of C major:

C Major Scale: C - D - E - F - G - A - B - C

That means the melody is played using only selected notes from this 'Key' scale. In our next ActionTab example, we shall transpose the tune to the Key of F major.

The open C major chord is strummed at the start to help give a context for the melody that follows.

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