Cathy's Chords - songs for guitar & uke

Lyrics and chords to old folk songs and favourites from the 50's on. 
Learn-to-play acoustic guitar and ukulele tips for beginners... and some banjo as well.

CathysChords hasn't retired yet :)

Despite the recent threat of closure due to lack of funding (this site is funded by me and by donations), loyal site users have come to the party with donations to keep it going for now.

It's been a labour of love for over 10 years, building up the resources on the site and putting in extra efforts when technological changes meant I've had to re-do enormous amounts of work- but I thought maybe it had had its day, as the donations had dried up and  I was not able to renew the site subscription.

However, it's still here.

 A huge Thank You to those wonderful people who have donated over the past few months- the immediate threat is now gone, and we're OK for now. If enough people keep contributing to keep the site open, I'm happy to keep it going for as long as it's useful! 

If you would like to donate, there's a 'Donate' button at the bottom of the page.

Here is a list of all the current song sheets (with new links March 2017)  for Banjo. 

The list is in order of Level (note that the levels do not necessarily increase in difficulty, but are meant to build a 'bank' of chords; some have easier chords or easier options - see Levels and tips for chords on Banjo at bottom of Beginner Banjo Songs page). 

All the song sheets here have chord diagrams for banjo. 

Please let me know if you find any errors or links that don't work (see form at bottom of page), and of course if you'd like to donate a few dollars to help with site costs, that would be most welcome ( there is a DONATE button at the bottom of the page - but please don't feel obligated in any way, the songs are here for you to enjoy). 

Banjo Song Sheets - Level Order

BANJO LEVEL 15 - Bm chord

B.L.11-15 Frosty, the Snowman - Key G; chords: G, C, D7, D, Am, Bm, A/A7

BANJO LEVEL 16 - Fm, F#m chord

No songs currently done at this level

BANJO LEVEL 17 - Bb chord

B.L.17 Little Drummer Boy, the - Key C; chords: C, F, G7, Bb

B.L.17 Take me Home, Country Roads - Key C; chords: C, F, G, G7, Am, Bb

BANJO LEVEL 17+ C7 chord

No songs currently done at this level

BANJO LEVEL 18- 18+ - other chords -

B.L.18+ King of the Road - Key A-Bb; chords: A, D, E; Eb, Bb, F


Here are some Christmas songs that are not too hard to play on banjo. I have levelled them, but don't be too worried about the levels- they all have the chord diagrams, and most of the 'hard' chords have an easier alternative given.

Some have a couple of versions, in different keys- so you can choose the one that is easier for you to play and sing. Some are in quite a low key to sing, so you might want to put a capo on the 2nd-3rd fret, or even higher. (Just remember that if you are playing a 5-string banjo. the 5th string won't be altered by the capo, so don't play the 5th string if you are using a capo).

Angels We Have Heard on High - Key G

B.L 3 Angels We Have Heard on High _Key G_G,D7,C

Away in a Manger - Key G

B.L 6_Away in a Manger_Key G_ G,C,D7,G7

Deck the Halls - Key C,G

B.L 8 Deck the Halls - Key C_C,G7,F,D7,Am

B.L 11-14 Deck the Halls - Key G_G,C,D7,A-A7

Frosty, the Snowman - Key G

B.L 11-15 Frosty, the Snowman_Key G_G,C,D7,D,A7,Am,Bm

God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen - Key Am

B.L.13 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen_Key Am

Jingle Bells - Key G,C

B.L 7 Jingle Bells in C_C,F,G7,D7

BL 11-14 Jingle Bells in G_G,C,D7, A-A7

the Little Drummer Boy - Key C

B.L 17 the Little Drummer Boy _C_ C,F,G7,Bb

Once in Royal David’s City - Key G

B.L 3 Once in Royal David’s City _Key G_G,D7,C 

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Key C

B.L 7 Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer_Key C

Silent Night - Key C

B.L 7_Silent Night_Key C_ C, G7, F

Up on the Housetop - Key G, C

B.L.3 Up On the Housetop_Key G_G,C,D7

B.L 7 Up On the Housetop_Key C_C,F,G7

What Child is This? - Key Am

B. L17 What Child Is This_Key Am_Am,C,F,G,E 

We Three Kings - Key Am

B.L 13_ We Three Kings_Key Am

We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Key G

B.L 11-14_ We Wish You a Merry Christmas_Key G_G,C,D7,A7

When a Child is Born - Key G

B.L 4 When a Child is Born_Key G_G,C,D7,D

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