Nursery rhymes are a great place to start when learning any instrument. They're also great to use as a vehicle to learn by ear! Try using the hide notes, focus feature, and tempo control to learn this one. Make sure you have your A major scale down and take it a measure at a time. You can do it. The full version of this tune has alternate picking, but if that's too tough you can use the difficulty slider to simplify the tune even more. Simple versions of tunes without sixteenth notes are great for learning by ear and make it easier to play the tune at a faster tempo! Check out those little dots above some of the tablature notes. Do you notice how they sound different than the other notes? Those notes are played short, or staccato. To achieve this effect with open strings, lightly lay your fingers flat across the strings right after playing. This will deaden the note, and cut it's sustain short. To play staccato with a fretted note, keep your finger in contact with the string but release enough pressure so it no longer touches the fret after you play it.Learn
Learning the same tune in multiple keys reaps major benefits in regard to understanding fretboard layout and developing your ear. Once the melody is easy for you to play, try out some of those licks! Use the focus feature to listen and practice repeatedly. Play it at a tempo you can control until the lick becomes easy for you, then try and incorporate it in the song.Learn
More about Old MacDonald
A traditional children's song and nursery rhyme.
The Tunefox Beginner tab is focusing on accenting the melody notes of the vocal line. Intermediate arrangement features more 16th note up and down strokes than the beginner version and Advanced version adds some tasty melodic flare.
Tunefox features several amazing learning tools to aid you in practicing Old MacDonald tabs. For example, the tempo control slider will let you set an ideal tempo for practice and you can also click on measures to isolate specific sections of the song. The Speed Up tool will gradually increase the tempo each time the song or selected measures loop and the Memory Train feature will steadily hide notes in the song each time it loops.
Want to learn how to improvise over Old MacDonald on mandolin? Use the Tunefox Lick Switcher to change some of the measures into different style licks. You can basically create your own arrangement of the song, depending on what you want to learn. Pretty cool! If you want to randomly shuffle the licks in the song, go down to the bottom toolbar and click on Shuffle Licks.
All arrangements of Old MacDonald include flexible backing tracks, allowing you to change the volume of the main instrument, full band, or metronome to suit your practice needs.
If you’re a Tunefox member, you have the ability to export your arrangement to a PDF file.
Old MacDonald lyrics
Old MacDonald had a farm Ee i ee i o And on his farm he had some cows Ee i ee i oh With a moo-moo here And a moo-moo there Here a moo, there a moo Everywhere a moo-moo Old MacDonald had a farm Ee i ee i o Old MacDonald had a farm Ee i ee i o And on his farm he had some chicks Ee i ee i o With a cluck-cluck here And a cluck-cluck there Here a cluck, there a cluck Everywhere a cluck-cluck Old MacDonald had a farm Ee i ee i o Old MacDonald had a farm Ee i ee i o And on his farm he had some pigs Ee i ee i o With an oink-oink here And an oink-oink there Here an oink, there an oink Everywhere an oink-oink Old MacDonald had a farm Ee i ee i o