Beginner Piano Lessons – How to Play "Happy Birthday" on the Piano

Did you know that Happy Birthday is the song that is sung most often, world wide! It covers a range of 8 notes or an octave. To play it on the piano place 2 markers (like coins) either side of your end notes. This will make it easier to find your position.

The white keys on the piano are named after the first 7 letters of the alphabet – A B C D E F G.

Our song starts on G. To find G, find a group of 3 black keys in the middle of the piano. G is the white key between the 1st and 2nd black key. Place a marker on the note to the left of G. This is F. Now find the G, 8 notes higher. Place a marker on the note to the right of G. This is A.

Because you will be playing both the high and low G, the low G will be written as a capital – G; the high G will be written in lower case – g.

Here are the notes for Happy Birthday, played on the white keys, between G and g.

G G A G C B

G G A G D C

G G g E C B A

F F E C D C

You could play the song with just one finger, but it is better to use one finger per note. Piano fingering is the way the fingers are numbered. The thumb is 1, the index finger is 2 and so on. Place both thumbs on Middle C. The song starts with the 4th finger of your left hand on G. Enjoy playing the world’s most popular song.