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Happy Birthday Guitar Chords and Melody

Looking to learn how to play happy birthday on the guitar? Well thankfully it’s super easy and lots of fun!

So if you’re hoping to serenade someone at their birthday party or make playing it for them your big present then keep reading.

happy birthday guitar chords
We’ll go through the chords for happy birthday, the strumming pattern and the melody.

It sounds great on both electric and acoustic guitar. So let’s get into it.

Happy Birthday Chords

The chords are as follows:

  • G
  • D
  • D7
  • C

G Chord

G chord diagram

D Chord

D chord diagram

D7 Chord

D7 chord diagram

C Chord

G chord diagram

Happy Birthday Chords and Lyrics

Happy [G] Birthday to [D] you

Happy [D7] Birthday to [G] you

Happy [G] Birthday dear [C] (name)

Happy [G] Birthday [D7] to [G] you


Happy Birthday Strumming Pattern

The strumming pattern is also very simple:

Strumming Pattern: DD-UU-DU (repeated throughout)

D – Down Strum
U – Up Strum

The Melody

Also very easy to play, the melody goes like this:

happy birthday melody tab

This video shows it in better detail:

And that’s all there is to it! Now you can show off your guitar skills on friends or family members birthdays.

happy birthday chords and melody

About Andy Fraser

I'm Andy and I've been crazy about music, and specifically the guitar, for longer than I can remember. As a former guitar teacher I've been immersed in the world of music for years. It's this passion and enthusiasm about all things guitar that drove me to start this website. A place where I could talk about the gear, techniques and general awesomeness that is the best instrument. I began playing somewhat late compared to a lot of people. I was 15 years old as it had taken me a while to find the confidence to believe in myself and take that step to learn to play an instrument. It started my lifelong love of music and playing in general. Since then like so many before me I've become an addict and gone through more guitars, amps and gear than I care to remember. I taught guitar for some time but unfortunately was forced to stop due to ill health. This lead to me starting this website so I could still share my love for and what I've learnt about the guitar. Guitar Inside Out is my way of sharing that love and passion with the music community and hopefully inspiring and helping others to enjoy it as much as I do. Learn more about Andy

3 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Guitar Chords and Melody”

  1. I am 55 years of age, I want to learn to play the guitar, presently I play by looking at chords and I need to learn to strum properly.


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