Sheet Music Sundays #4 – The Ants Go Marching 4th!!

by | Mar 4, 2018

We’re marching into March with a 6/8 march about ants marching! Whoa. Picnic season is nearly upon us and before you know it The Ants Go Marching One by One and walk off with a whole watermelon! This is a classic camp song kids tend to love because not only is it silly and a different tempo than they’re used to, it also incorporates counting in each verse as well.

This arrangement of The Ants Go Marching is in the key of E minor, so it has one sharp (F#) and starts on a low B. Note that the song is also in 6/8 time. This means that the 8th note gets the beat and there are 6 of them in each measure. This creates a march-feel similar (if not identical) to many 3/4 rhythms. As you play through you will notice there is a natural stress on the 1 and 4 beats where the “One by One” and “Hoo-Rah! happen. For example, emphasize the bold numbers: 1 2 3 4 5 6, 1 2 3 4 5 6, etc…

Check out the first page below, and if you like the song, simply fill out the form below and we’ll e-mail you the PDF with the rest, including the rhymes to count all the way up to 10 on the last page, plus you can always make up your own new ones. I still don’t have a good rhyme for “13!” …The ants go marching 13 by 13, the little one stopped to…ah…show that he’s working? Anyway…have fun!


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