Lesson 3:
Mary Had A Little Lamb in C, F, & G

Because Mary Had A Little Lamb is a simple tune, it is a good first piece to learn and memorize. Learn it in all three keys to get started on learning the notes on the piano and your piano finger numbers.

Instructions for learning a piece on the piano:

-play each line with right hand (fingerings written above note names) until it is easy and/or memorized.

-play each line with left hand (fingerings written below note names) until it is easy and/or memorized.

-play each line with both hands until it is easy and/or memorized.

-string the lines together until you can play the whole piece. Keep it slow until you are comfortable and familiar with it. Then, start playing it faster, working up to an appropriate tempo for that piece.

-Regardless of tempo, relax your arms & shoulders and keep it smooth and flowing.

[The tunes listed in the "free piano lessons" portion of this website provide a fun way for beginners to begin getting to know their way around the piano keyboard. By learning a bunch of simple tunes and learning to play them hands-separately and hands-together, as well as in at least 3 different keys, a new piano player not only learns the layout of the notes, but also begins to develop knowledge and confidence in piano fingerings. Along the way, you are working on the ability to learn and memorize melodies on the keys. Add a bit of work with a metronome and you begin developing a sense for steady rhythm, as well as the ability to work with an extremely valuable tool. Together, these elements will become part of a solid foundation of basic skills needed for more advanced piano playing in the future.]



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“Mary had a Little Lamb” in key of C (sing along to establish proper rhythm):


Key of F (sing along to establish proper rhythm):


Key of G (sing along to establish proper rhythm):



Other verses:

And everywhere that Mary went,

Mary went, Mary went,

Everywhere that Mary went,

The lamb was sure to go.

He followed her to school one day

School one day, school one day

He followed her to school one day,

Which was against the rule.

It made the children laugh and play,

Laugh and play, laugh and play,

It made the children laugh and play,

To see a lamb at school.


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