Frere Jacques 4 (B Major)

Animated Frere Jacques 4 (B 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!

Here we Have transposed the tune from C Major to the Key of B Major:

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

Notice that the melody is the exact same, except higher. Each note is exactly 1 frets lower than it was when playing in C major. This works because each major scale is constructed exactly the same way:

With intervals of Root - 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 1 (Octave)

The difference is the starting note, which in this case is B. Due to naming conventions, the B major scale is considered as a 'Sharp' Key because it contains 5 sharp notes - C#, D#, F#, G#, A#.

Don't fear the awkward note names, if you remember that the scales are really the same underneath, the rest is more a case of learning the names of the notes as you practice.

As Before, the B Major chord is strummed at the start to help give a context for the melody that follows.

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