Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday is now in the Public Domain.

Published: 01 Oct 2011 Updated: 01 Feb 2024Visits: 1014Code: UL510

INSTRUMENTS: Traditional Main: Ukulele Others: Ukulele Leadsheet
Subjects: Beginner • Repertoire

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Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to You, also known more simply as Happy Birthday, is a song that is traditionally sung to celebrate the anniversary of a person's birth. According to the 1998 Guinness Book of World Records, "Happy Birthday to You" is the most recognized song in the English language, followed by "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" and "Auld Lang Syne".

Performance Notes for Happy Birthday

Here is how I remember the melody of Happy Birthday:

  • Song starts on the 5th of the key of the song. Plays that note twice and then up a perfect 4th (Here Comes the Bride interval) and down 1/2 step
  • repeat, then up a perfect 5th (Do You Hear What I Here interval and a bell like tone), done 1/2 step) then repeat again and up an octave
  • The octave (8) is the fifth of a descending major triad, the I chord, then descending 1/2 step, then to whole step.
  • up a major sixth. This ones sounds a little dissonant in the context of all the constant melody. Then down 1/2 step and to root of key/scale, up M2 and back - DONE

Happy Birthday…

Happy Birthday is (WikipediA) · NOW in the public domain in the United States and the European Union. Warner Chappell Music had previously claimed copyright on the song in the US and collected licensing fees for its use; in 2015 the copyright claim was declared invalid and Warner Chappell agreed to pay back $14 million in licensing fees.

Open Position Chords

Resources & Links

  • CNBC - Why we can now all sing 'Happy Birthday'
  • USA Today - Judge: 'Happy Birthday To You' in public domain

Main Song Download(s)

The main downloads for this Song.

UL510-C-LS

Happy Birthday - Key of C, Leadsheet

Updated: 01 Feb 2024

Chords and melody lead sheet in the key of C. Standard music notation and TAB for C tuning.

UL510-C-TAB

Happy Birthday - Key of C, with TAB

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

Chords and melody lead sheet in the key of F. Standard music notation and TAB for C tuning.

UL510-F-TAB

Happy Birthday - Key of F, Melody in Standard Notation and TAB

Updated: 27 Jan 2020

Chords and melody lead sheet in the key of F. Melody in standard music notation and TAB.

UL510-G-LS

Happy Birthday - Key of G, Leadsheet

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

Chords and melody lead sheet in the key of C. Standard music notation and TAB for C tuning.

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Key Signatures - C Major and A Minor

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UL06m

Playing by Ear - Melodies

Updated: 15 Nov 2021

Playing Melodies, Licks, Riffs, Motifs, and Single Note Lines by ear is all about getting your ear to recognize intervals and train the fingers to follow your inner ear and play these melodies on demand.

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UL533

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Related Song Files, Resources and Assets

Related Assets for Happy Birthday.

UL510-C-TAB

Happy Birthday - Key of C, with TAB

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

Chords and melody lead sheet in the key of F. Standard music notation and TAB for C tuning.

UL510-C-LS

Happy Birthday - Key of C, Leadsheet

Updated: 01 Feb 2024

Chords and melody lead sheet in the key of C. Standard music notation and TAB for C tuning.

UL510-F-TAB

Happy Birthday - Key of F, Melody in Standard Notation and TAB

Updated: 27 Jan 2020

Chords and melody lead sheet in the key of F. Melody in standard music notation and TAB.

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