How to Play Happy Birthday – Guitar Chords, Lyrics and Melody

How to Play Happy Birthday – Guitar Chords, Lyrics and Melody

Happy birthday is pretty simple to play even for a beginner. All you need to know is 4 simple chords – G, D, D7, and C. Let’s see how they look and how to use them to play the song right now.

Happy Birthday Guitar Chords

  • G
  • D
  • D7
  • C

“Happy Birthday in 5 Levels” – On Classical Guitar

This is a small update (January 2020) where I’d like to share an awesome arrangement of Happy Birthday on classical guitar by Lucas Brar, a great guy who’s known for his original nylon-string guitar covers. Hope you enjoy it, make sure to give him a like for this video!

Chords and Lyrics to Happy Birthday on Guitar

————G—————–D

Happy BIRthday to YOU,

————D7————–G

Happy BIRthday to YOU,

————C———————–G———–

Happy BIRthday, mister PREsident

———–D7—————G—

Happy BIRthday to YOU!

Here you go. The large, bolded letters are those where the stress falls on. So that’s when you start playing the chord.

Melody Line (Lead Guitar)

If you are a lead guitar player and would like to jam along with the chords, here is a great, beginner-friendly guitar lesson on how to play happy birthday melody line from Andy Guitar.

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Cole

    This stupid i want the chords, not this.

    1. Alan Jackman

      Hi, your right, I’ll probably re-write the article soon

  2. Jonathan True

    C and g are backwards on the third line.

  3. GB

    Yes, I am also looking for the chords. I find it hard to believe this song ever gets played. There is not one acceptable piece of music to play it. Thanks.

  4. Asma

    The chords in the video are…

    (1st section)

    – Open G
    – Open G
    – 2nd fret of G
    – Open G
    – 1st fret on B
    – Open B

    (2nd section)

    – Open G
    – Open G
    – 2nd fret of G
    – Open G
    – 3rd fret of B
    – 1st fret of B

    (3rd section)

    – Open G
    – Open G
    – 3rd fret on high E
    – Open high E
    – 1st fret on B
    – Open B
    – 2nd fret on G

    (4th section)

    – 1st fret on high E
    – 1st fret on high E
    – Open high E
    – 1st fret on B
    – 3rd fret on B
    – 1st fret on B

    Hope this helps! 🙂

    P.S. I’m only a beginner so sorry if I use some incorrect terms

    1. Mansi

      Thank you so much Asma this really really helped b/c I am beginner and I need to play something to keep me going using terms open and all really helps:-) it would be good if you post some songs like this.

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