The song Mary Had A Little Lamb dates back to 1830. It is a well known English Nursery Rhyme. Because it only uses a range of 5 notes on the piano it is easy to play on the piano. you are going to learn the song using just the black keys!

The black keys on the piano are grouped in 2 then 3 over the entire keyboard. You are going to be using a group of 3 black keys and then the first black key in the group of 2, directly above. In the middle of the piano find 3 black keys grouped together. These are called F# (sharp), G# and A#. The extra note that you are going to play is C#.

Piano fingering refers to the number that each finger is given. The thumb = 1, the index finger = 2, all the way through to the little finger = 5. This fingering is the same for both the right and left hand.

To play the tune in your right hand, place 1 (thumb) on F#. This is the lowest of the 3 black notes. Place finger 2 on G#, 3 on A# and 5 on C#. It will feels as though you are on stilts!

To play the tune in the left hand place 5 on F#, 4 on G#, 3 on A# and 1 on C#

Here are the notes of the nursery rhyme:

A# G# F# G# A# A# A#

G# G# G#, A# C# C#

A# G# F# G# A# A# A# F#

G# G# A# G# F#

Here are the words of the song:

“Ma-ry had a lit-tle lamb, lit-tle lamb. Ma-ry had a lit-tle lamb whose fleece was white as snow.”

This is the piano fingering for the notes played in the left hand:

3 4 5 4 3 3 3

4 4 4, 3 1 1

3 4 5 4 3 3 3 5

4 4 3 4 5

This is the piano fingering for the notes played in the right hand:

3 2 1 2 3 3 3

2 2 2, 3 5 5

3 2 1 2 3 3 3 1

2 2 3 2 1

Source by Andrea Monk