Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday is now in the Public Domain.

Published: Oct 1, 2011 Updated: Sep 15, 2016 Visits: 2

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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". The song's base lyrics have been translated into at least 18 languages.

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 is NOW in the public domain.

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

Main Song Download(s)

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Happy Birthday - Key of C

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

Happy Birthday - Key of F

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

Song Road Map

Tips and tricks for remembering a song.

A Road Map Through Song

Remembering songs is all about the form and harmonic content and movement with taking in the similarities between songs. And, just like a road map they're landmarks that will trigger memories of how to get through various sections, changes or parts of a song.

This section of a song's page presents some tips on how I try and remember a particular song.

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Happy Birthday - Key of F

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

Happy Birthday - Key of C

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

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