How to Play Happy Birthday on Guitar 1 String

In today’s free online guitar lesson for kids, I am going to teach you how to play the most famous melody of all-time: “Happy Birthday.”

This is one of the most important songs to learn on the guitar because someone at some point is going to ask you to play “Happy Birthday,” and you’re going to look foolish if you don’t know how to play it.

I know because I made that mistake myself, and I want to save you the agony of going through it. Best of all, you are going to learn how to play “Happy Birthday” on the guitar on one string, so it’s perfect for beginning guitarists of all ages.

And if you stick around to the end of the video, I have a free bonus for you.

The Historical Significance of “Happy Birthday”

According to the Guinness World’s Records, “Happy Birthday” is the most recognized song in the English language. Moreover, the song has been translated into at least 18 different languages. The melody to “Happy Birthday” comes from the tune “Good Morning to All” written by a pair of American sisters by the name of Patty and Mildred Hill in 1893.

Patty was a kindergarten principal, and her sister, Mildred, was a pianist and composer. Together, they composed the tune “Good Morning to All” as a song children could easily sing.

“Happy Birthday” is Super Easy to Play

The good news is that “Happy Birthday” is so easy, you can learn to play in under five minutes or less even if you never played guitar before!  Best of all, you can play it one string using just one finger. How cool is that?!

Although I think it sounds best on the low E string, you can play it on any string after this lesson, which is important because you can find the string that works best for your voice.

Happy Birthday Lyrics

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear [NAME]
Happy birthday to you.

Free Bonus

Make sure you click on the link below to get your free online guitar course for kids. But if you’re not a kid and want to work on your guitar basics, this course is also for you.  In it, you’ll learn how to hold the guitar, parts of the guitar, open strings, power chords, and so much more! Just click on the link below to sign up for the free course.


If you have a question about the guitar, leave it in the comments section, and I’ll make sure to answer it in a future video.

And remember, every guitar master was once a beginner, the more you practice, the better you will become. ROCK!

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